It's no secret around the PGA Tour that Greg Norman and Tiger Woods don't get along and haven't since Woods took over from Norman as the No. 1 player in the world late in the 1990s.
Some say Norman believes that Tiger did not show him the respect he felt he deserved at the time.
The Aussie has been more vocal than most as Woods has struggled to regain his former stature in the last few seasons, and last week he couldn't wait to get in a few more shots.
"What I'm seeing is that Tiger's really intimidated by Rory (McIlroy)," Norman told Fox Spots. "When have you ever seen him intimidated by another player? Never.
"But I think he knows his time's up and that's normal. These things tend to go in 15-year cycles. Jack took it from Arnold (Palmer). I took it from Jack, Tiger from me and now it looks like Rory's taking it from Tiger."
Rory and Tiger, who seemingly have become good friends, apparently had fun when they heard Norman's comments.
Both seemed to be more than a little bit amused as they addressed them when asked by the media last week before the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
"(Tiger's) got a new nickname for me, actually," McIlroy said. "He calls me 'The Intimidator.' ... No, how can I intimidate Tiger Woods? I mean, the guy's got 75 or 70-whatever PGA Tour wins, 14 majors. I mean, he's been the biggest thing ever in our sport.
"I mean, how could some little 23-year-old from Northern Ireland with a few wins come up and intimidate him? It's just not possible. I don't know where he got that from, but it's not true."
Said Woods: "It's got to be (McIlroy's) hair, yeah."
Norman, who won all of two major titles (the Open Championship twice), was criticized by some not for the intimidation remarks but that he seemed to have an inflated opinion of his career even though it was a very good one.
He is known more for his failures, such as his final-round blowup in the 1996 Masters, when he took a six-stroke lead into the final round but shot 78 and gave the title to Nick Faldo.
Norman conveniently passed over several players who came after Nicklaus and won more majors titles than he did, including Faldo (six), Seve Ballesteros (five) and Nick Price (three).
Not to mention Tom Watson (eight), who was dominant as Nicklaus' star waned, until the Golden Bear captured the Masters in 1986 at the age of 46.
Last year, Norman said that Fred Couples should not have selected Woods for the U.S. team in the Presidents Cup and also predicted that Woods would never add to his total of 14 major titles.
"Tiger and Greg don't speak," said a person who knows both well. "There's a lot of animosity between them."
Woods reportedly was delighted when he shot a course-record 62 last year at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., where co-designer Norman's best score is 64.
--Briny Baird will miss the rest of the PGA Tour season because of surgery on both shoulders, according to pgatour.com.
The 40-year-old Baird has been hampered by pain in his left shoulder for much of the 2012 season, and he hasn't played since the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, when he missed the cut for the sixth time in 13 events this season.
Following surgery on his left shoulder last week, he will wait two to three months before having a similar procedure on his right shoulder.
Baird had five to seven millimeters shaved off the bone near his AC joint to alleviate increasing pain in his left shoulder. He said he is "very encouraged" and expects to be ready to play at the start of the 2013 season.
Since first qualifying for the PGA Tour in 1999, Baird has played 252 tournaments without winning but has finished second five times, most recently when he lost in a playoff to Bryce Molder last year at the Frys.com Open.
Baird captured the Buy.com Tour's 2000 Monterrey Open.
--Steve Stricker was honored as the 2012 winner of the Payne Stewart Award before the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, died in a plane crash the week of the Tour Championship in 1999.
"This award means a great deal to the players on the PGA Tour, and I am truly grateful to be the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award," the 45-year-old Stricker said. "I take great pride in being recognized for the values that the Payne Stewart Award stands for.
"I was fortunate enough to spend time with and compete against Payne, and I watched how he handled himself on the course, with his fellow competitors, with the fans and volunteers. I hope that by leading by example, just as Payne did, that our younger players will follow in the traditions of sportsmanship, integrity and charitable efforts that he helped bring to our sport."
Stricker has won nine of his 12 PGA Tour titles since turning 40.
He becomes the 15th recipient of the award, joining among others Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who all were honored in 2000. Other honorees have been Ben Crenshaw (2001), Nick Price (2002), Tom Watson (2003), Jay Haas (2004), Brad Faxon (2005), Gary Player (2006), Hal Sutton (2007), Davis Love III (2008), Kenny Perry (2009), Tom Lehman (2010) and David Toms (2011).
--Fred Couples knows his sports forward and backward but was surprised by an announcement in his own game last week.
The 52-year-old Couples, one of the most popular players in the game, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., next May on the week of the Players Championship at nearby TPC Sawgrass.
"Surprised, yeah," said Couples, the 1992 Masters champion. "I had no idea I'd be voted into the Hall of Fame. I don't know how it works. Who votes? Have I been a great player? No. A good player? Yeah.
"Did I get in because I'm 2-0 as a Presidents Cup captain? I don't think so, but I'm excited about it and really thrilled. I hope to play a few more years on the Champions Tour, but it's nice to be honored like this when I'm still alive and well."
Couples won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including his only major at Augusta and victories in the Players Championship in 1984 and 1996.
Although he still plays occasionally on the PGA Tour and tied for 12th in the Masters this year among four starts with the young guys, he has moved on to the Champions Tour and has continued to win.
Couples has claimed eight titles since joining the Senior Circuit in 2010, including the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and the 2012 Senior Open Championship, both majors.
Mostly, he likes to watch sports on television.
"The TV remote, I know where that is at all times," Couples said. "My trophies? They're in boxes. Not sure where exactly, but they're safe.
"I do have some things from Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups, smaller things. You can see those. If you didn't, though, you would have no idea what I do. Some guy came over the other day and asked me if I was an entrepreneur. How about that? Me, an entrepreneur. He had no idea I'm a golfer, which is fine."
Couples is a vice captain for Davis Love III this week in the Ryder Cup at Medinah, and there are those who believe he will be the U.S. captain in 2014 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
--The PGA Tour has announced the sites and dates of the first three events of the inaugural Web.com Tour Finals next year, when 25 PGA Tour cards will be at stake for the 2014 season.
The Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., will kick off the playoffs on Aug. 26-Sept. 1, followed by the Chiquita Classic at the Club at Longview in Weddington, N.C., on Sept. 2-8, and the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
The title sponsors of each event have signed three-year contracts.
The final event of the Web.com Finals will be played Sept. 23-29 at a site to be determined.
"With the introduction of this new qualifying process and four Finals events in 2013, the Web.com Tour is about to embark on the most exciting era in its 23-year history," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
"The Finals will be the culmination of a season-long quest to secure a PGA Tour card and will end the year in a new and exciting fashion. Beginning in 2013, the Web.com Tour will clearly be the pathway to the PGA Tour."
The 25 top money winners on the Web.com Tour will be guaranteed PGA Tour cards at the end of the regular season. Other than the leading money winner, they will continue to play in the Finals to determine their positions within the PGA Tour priority ranking, which is used to form fields for tournaments.
The Web.com Tour's leading money-winner during the regular season and the player who earns the most money during the Web.com Tour Finals will be fully exempt on the PGA Tour for the next season, excluding invitational events. Both will earn invitations to the Players Championship.
There will be 25 more PGA Tour cards available in the Finals, but not only for players on the Web.com Tour.
Also eligible for the Finals will be players who finish from 126 to 200 on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list at the end of the regular season and miss out on the PGA Tour playoffs.
In addition, non-members whose performance on the PGA Tour that season would have ranked them between 126 and 200 on the FedEx points list will be able to try to earn playing privileges for the next season in the Web.com Tour playoffs.