Dan Shaughnessy

Tiger Woods now in the Boston spotlight

Tiger Woods drove his way to a 4-under-par 67 and a tie for 20th.
Tiger Woods drove his way to a 4-under-par 67 and a tie for 20th.

NORTON — We get all the big names in sports around here.

Rich, famous, infamous — they all take their turn in New England. Tom Brady and David Ortiz live here. LeBron James was in Boston in March, Mr. Stanley Cup appeared on the Garden ice in June, and Peyton Manning will be at the Razor in November.

Alex Rodriguez was in town two weeks ago. A-Rod was right in the middle of his latest crisis when Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster plunked him on “Sunday Night Baseball.”


Let’s not forget Tim Tebow. The most famous backup quarterback of all time played his final preseason game for the Patriots Thursday night and Saturday was told he did not make New England’s 53-man roster for the 2013 season. Very big news.

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Last, but never least, we have the world famous Tiger Woods playing the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston this weekend. Woods shot 67 Saturday to finish Day 2 at 7 under, six strokes off the lead and in a 10-way tie for 20th.

Tiger is practically an honorary Boston sports honk:

The Tiger Woods Foundation has been this tourney’s primary beneficiary for 10 years and Tiger’s foundation is officially running the event this year. Woods won the Deutsche Bank in 2006.

 Tiger was at Gillette Thursday, hanging with Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick, watching the first quarter.


 One of Tiger’s Foundation scholars sang the anthem at Fenway Friday and Tiger’s rocking some facial hair — no doubt an homage to the House of David 2013 Red Sox.

 Woods loves to summon the ghost of the 2007 Patriots when explaining the FedExCup scoring system.

“Technically, you can win every tournament you play in all year, you win 30 events and lost the last one and lose the FedEx Cup,’’ Tiger said. “It’s very similar to what the Patriots went through — you have an undefeated season, but you don’t win the last game, you don’t win the Super Bowl, you don’t win the FedEx Cup.’’

It’s not the first time Tiger has used the anology. Last year he said, “You could win all three of these events and still lose the FedEx Cup. That’s kind of the nature of how it’s set up. The argument would be, unfortunately for you Patriots fans, is when you guys win — what was it, 18 and 0, and unfortunately lost one — that’s kind of the argument.’’

OK, we get it.


Despite not winning any majors for five long years, Woods holds the No. 1 position in the PGA Tour’s points standings (FedExCup) and has won five tournaments this season. He finished tied for second at the Barclays last weekend, but made folks in Norton nervous when he suffered back spasms at Liberty National in Jersey City. Woods labored through the back nine on the final day at Barclays, and at once point fell to his knees in pain.

There was a lot of relief at TPC when Tiger showed up to play in the pro-am round on Thursday. Tiger hadn’t swung a club in four full days.

Thursday night Tiger made the short commute to Foxborough and hung out on the Gillette sideline before the Patriots exhibition finale against the New York football Giants. It was an opportunity to witness perhaps the final moments of Tebow’s professional football career.

Playing with Adam Scott and first-day leader Phil Mickelson, Woods shot 3 under Friday, which put him five strokes off the lead.

“I didn’t hit the ball as well as I’d like to, but I scored all right,’’ he said after his first round. “The golf course is really receptive and certainly gettable. I just try to plod along. If I could get to 5 under par, that would be a good number.’’

Still playing with Scott and Mickelson, Tiger teed off just after 1 p.m. Saturday. He had a pretty good day, closing with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.

“It was the one putt I made all day,’’ said Woods. “It was nice.’’

Tiger talked college football with some media members after his round Saturday. I asked him if he’d been able to watch the second half at Gillette Thursday. He said he’d only stayed for the first quarter.

“Oh, so you missed Tebow then,’’ I offered.

“I saw it on TV,’’ said Tiger.

Did you hear that he did not make the team?

“No,’’ said Woods.

Well, he didn’t make the team.

“That’s obviously Bob and Bill’s decision,’’ said Tiger.

Yikes. He’s even starting to talk like the Hoodie.

With two days to play, Tiger has a chance at the Deutsche Bank, but there are a lot of bodies (19) in the way. What does he think of his chances for the rest of this weekend?

“I’m going to have to go low,’’ said Woods. “It is what it is.’’

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @dan_shaughnessy.