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NASSAU, Bahamas -- Its no secret that Patrick Reed grew up idolizing Tiger Woods. Cheap Jabrill Peppers Jersey . He often wears a red shirt on Sunday afternoons to pay homage and his recent Ryder Cup success can be at least partially credited to a desire to strut his stuff in front of the vice captain assigned to him that week.On Thursday afternoon, Reed was gift-wrapped a front-row seat to Woods return, serving as his first playing partner during a competitive round in nearly 16 months.As he watched Woods open with four birdies in his first eight holes at the Hero World Challenge before stumbling, a singular thought entered Reeds mind.I was like, Oh, my gosh, he later said. Tiger is back.The seemingly never-ending debate over Woods relative back-ness is subject to interpretation. Some consider him already back, having played four rounds this week. Others wont believe he is back until he begins playing a full PGA Tour schedule once again. Even others contend he isnt really back until hes contending for tournament titles -- or possibly even until hes winning them.Well, heres one thing we can agree upon: Woods being back portends positive things for golfs short-term future.Despite the doom and gloom picture that many have painted -- from decreased interest in the game to lower television ratings -- golfs most elite level has thrived and flourished in the few years since Woods latest decline. Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth have become a quartet of entertaining superstars, any of them capable of dominating a tournament on a given week, while the likes of Reed, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Hero champion Hideki Matsuyama represent the next tier of exciting young golfers, if not a blurred line between the two.I think we proved that golf does not need Tiger, Brandt Snedeker said. It was successful the last couple of years when we didnt have Tiger, to see Rory and Jordan and other guys step up and play the way they did. That said, golf is better when Tiger is around. I dont know if we need Tiger. We all want Tiger. I want to see Tiger playing again. Its fun.Golfs in a really good position these past few years and thats without him, Rickie Fowler concurred. Now it can only be better with him. He can only help it. And the better he plays, the better it is for the game.The game enjoyed its greatest popularity, numbers-wise, during Woods prime years. Starting with his transcendent victory at the 1997 Masters and through the injury-riddled 2008 U.S. Open title, he was the connective tissue, bringing the masses to the game and the game to the masses.It was enough to make these past few years -- with all of the young players atop the games highest level -- pale in comparison, despite the fact that there were burgeoning rivalries and a greater competitive balance on a weekly basis.If we can allow ourselves to consider the possibilities, theres potential for all of these players to continue playing their best golf, while adding the games most popular player to that mix. Its not a stretch to believe Woods full return to form could result in a golden age for the game, a cross-generational blend of superstars on some of its biggest platforms.Thats really exciting for us, Spieth said. Tiger moves the needle. Tiger created golfers from athletes -- even myself. I played a lot of sports and Tiger certainly played a large influence in why I decided to play golf. ... He can still have that influence for another decade on the golf course. I think he can truly help get the numbers back up in golf that have been dropping a little bit.The state of the game is tremendous; throwing him back into it just makes it even better, Zach Johnson explained. If hes playing competitive golf and he can play a mildly full Tiger schedule and stay healthy, even if hes in contention just two or three times, its going to elevate the product to a high that maybe we havent seen in a long time.Reed was among those who received a glimpse of the interest level Woods can once again bring to the game. He admitted that if he hadnt been in the field this week, he likely would have been watching from home, keeping an eye on the guy who has had so much influence on his own game.For him to come back and play really well, it just means more for us, Reed said. It not only grows the game, but it allows my generation to see the Tiger that we used to see on TV. I would love for him to get back to the stage where he is just playing solid, Tiger golf and be able to go against him.It can be argued whether golf is already in a good place or hurting from those declining numbers. It cant be argued what impact Woods return to the most elite level would bring to a game that always draws more interest with him playing well. Cheap Jason McCourty Jersey . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Cheap Calvin Pryor Jersey . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball.http:///...aleb-brantley-jersey . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate.DETROIT -- Chris Davis sent a pitch to opposite field over the left-field fence and pulled another one deep into the right-field seats. His day gave him a major-league leading 26 homers and helped the Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 13-3 Wednesday. Davis, who had a two-run homer in Baltimores six-run fourth inning, hit his second two-run shot in the ninth off embattled reliever Jose Valverde. "It split right into my barrel," Davis said. Baltimore improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 by winning its seventh series, including two against the AL Central-leading Tigers, in a month to prevent AL-leading Boston from building a big lead in the East. "Were doing a lot of things right," Davis said. Chris Tillman (8-2) gave up three runs and seven hits over five-plus innings. He became the third pitcher in franchise history to win his first six decisions on the road, joining Jeff Ballard (1989) and Hoyt Wilhelm (1959). Tillman gave up two singles and a walk in the first, but didnt give up a run because Austin Jackson was caught stealing second and Victor Martinez struck out to end the inning with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder on base. "Tilly wasnt carrying his usual stuff," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It was a credit to him to get through five-plus." Rick Porcello (4-4) allowed six runs on nine hits, giving up a pair of homers for the third time this year. Tigers manager Jim Leyland lamented that Porcello seemed to get rattled by Ryan Flahertys infield hit, which potentially couldve been an inning-ending groundout in the fourth, that led to Taylor Teagardens first homer of the season two pitches later. "Rick lost his composure a little bit after Flaherty hit that little nubber to third," Leyland said. "Groundball pitchers are going to give up hits like that, and they have to bounce back from them. He should have been able to do that, especially against that part of the order. Giving up a two-run homer to that guy, you can understand, but you have to get out of that inning." Valverde has given up six homers and 11 runs in 7 1-3 innings over his last seven outings since May 31 at Baltimore, whhere he blew a save and lost a game by giving up four runs in the ninth. Cheap Jamie Collins Jersey. Leyland deflected a question about whether the team has to make a move with Valverde, saying that decision would be up to general manager Dave Dombrowski. "I dont think thats something we want to talk about today," he said. Detroits only source of encouragement in the series finale was Cabrera, who had two hits to become the first player to have at least 100 hits and 71 RBIs through his teams first 70 games since Bostons Ted Williams in 1948, according to STATS. Porcello started off pitching three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, before the Orioles scored six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning. Davis hit the first pitch he saw with Nick Markakis on to make it 2-0. Teagarden followed with a three-run homer. Nate McLouths RBI double made it 6-0. Omar Infante hit an RBI double in the fourth and pinch-hitter Matt Tuiasosopo -- the first to face Baltimore reliever T.J. McFarland -- hit a two-run double in the sixth to pull Detroit within three runs. Baltimore restored its cushion the next inning, scoring three runs to take a 9-3 lead. Valverde entered the game in a low-pressure, non-save situation down by six runs and failed miserably. He gave up three hits -- including Adam Jones two-run double -- in five pitches and was booed by the fans who were still sticking around to see the end. Valverde kept his 10th pitch down, but Davis sent it deep into the right-field seats to lift the Orioles to their highest number of runs since a 14-8 win Aug. 10, 2010, against Cleveland. NOTES: After an off day Thursday in Toronto, the Orioles plan to start RHP Jason Hammel on Friday and RHP Miguel Gonzalez on Saturday against the Blue Jays. ... Detroit will open a four-game series at home against Boston on Thursday with LHP Jose Alvarez making his second career start against RHP John Lackey of the Red Sox. ... Baltimore has been slightly better on the road (22-16) than at home (20-15) this year. ... Detroit dropped its second straight game in Comerica Park after winning 10 of 13 at home. ... 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