What should be happy times for golf is being overshadowed by off-course controversy.
Tiger Woods won for the 75th time on the PGA Tour and set a record with his eighth win at Torrey Pines. It was a command performance, the kind that made people think more about where he is going than where he went.
The next week, Phil Mickelson had a chance at 59 until his 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole took a cruel spin around the cup. He thought he had golf's magic number and instead shot his tax rate in California. Lefty still sailed to a wire-to-wire win in the Phoenix Open.
It was the first time since 2009 that golf's two biggest stars won in consecutive weeks.
The trouble is, any discussion about golf these days goes beyond birdies and bogeys. Now it includes ''bifurcation.''
And the day after the buzz was about Tiger, the focus shifted to deer antlers.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem might have seen this coming when he said two weeks ago that while he views the professional game...