Tiger Woods to return to PGA Tour at Farmer’s Insurance Open

 

After his highly anticipated return at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods has made an announcement via Twitter that he will next be playing in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

 

Ironically, Torrey Pines was where Woods won his last major championship in 2008. As for the Genesis Open at Riviera, Woods is the host of the tournament, like he was at the Hero World Challenge.



A California native, the 14-time major champion looks forward to playing in these west coast tournament.

 

“I’m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods said via GenesisOpen.com. “I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time. To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”

Woods, who has continued to deal with injury issues since he won five times and the Player of the Year in 2012, is in a questionable spot now. Once again, only time will tell if he’ll win again or not.

Here’s hoping, for his own sake, that he can stay healthy and out on the golf course. He’s in his early 40’s which is still very young for a professional golfer.

That’s all you can ask for at this point is to stay healthy. The competition will continue to be fierce for Woods though, with so many young players and rekindled stars like Justin Rose.

With the merge of the young and the experienced ones, I really think this is going to be an insane 2018 season of golf. Kick back, relax, and let’s see where this goes!

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Sean Foley joins Golf Channel as lead instructor, replaces Michael Breed

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Sean Foley has been famously known as Tiger Woods’ former coach, as well as being a young, hip dude in the golf industry. Foley, 43 will now share he teaching abilities with millions of TV viewers, as he will now be the host of Playing Lessons on NBC/Golf Channel.

He will also be contributing to the channel’s popular Golf Central to give instructional thoughts about different players and to the audience. This also includes contributions during the always enjoyable “Live From” roundtable discussion shows during major championships, The Players Championship, as well as the Ryder and President’s Cups.

 

“Sean is a dynamic personality who has a keen intellect and curiosity about the science behind the golf swing.” Molly Solomon, executive vice president, content for Golf Channel said in a statement. “But what makes Sean so unique is his ability to translate his swing philosophy from golf’s elite to amateur golfers looking to improve their games and simply become more consistent,”

 

As expected, Foley himself seems excited as well.



 

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to partner with Golf Channel in re-launching Playing Lessons, as well as sharing my observations and analysis throughout the year during the most exciting moments in golf,” said Foley via the statement released by the network.  “I’m also looking forward to discussing my perspectives and teachings with millions of Golf Channel viewers and having in-depth conversations with some of the top personalities in the game.”

 

The 43-year-old Foley has worked with Woods, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan. Most recently, he has worked with Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim among others.

 

With Foley in as a lead instructor for Golf Channel, this means that Michael Breed is out at the network after being the longtime host of the Golf Fix. However, the always fun top-ranked instructor will enjoy an expanded gig with Sirius/XM Radio, dishing out golf tips to many listeners.

 

Breed signed a multi-year deal with the radio network to host his “New Breed of Golf” show, after parting ways with Golf Channel according to All Access. He will also be teaming with Golf Digest to provide exclusive content on a “new platform” as he referenced on his Facebook Live video. He also mentioned that the departure from Golf Channel was on friendly terms, and all he wanted to do was to spend more time with his family.

 

The Facebook Live video is very interesting, so I’d highly recommend that you check out if you’re a fan of Breed.

 

The big moves don’t end there, as Golf Channel also added legendary writers Jaime Diaz and Tim Rosaforte to their digital team for providing online coverage. They too will continue to contribute to Golf Channel shows, bringing their written wisdom to our television screens.

 

Diaz and Rosaforte have been longtime writers for Golf Digest/Golf World, and now, have agreed to be on the Golf Channel team full-time to provide special content. So, overall, it was a win-win for everyone involved as NBC/GolfChannel made this overhaul with their team.

 

A smart move for all parties as well, as they all have started to go the digital route. This is especially smart for the writers, Diaz and Rosaforte.

 

In a world where old-school journalists are hesitant to step in the digital arena, Diaz and Rosaforte stepped to the plate and hit a home run apiece. Writing on the Golf Channel website? Contributing to the network on TV? Yeah, I’d say that’s a pretty sweet gig for these gentlemen.

 

In the world of golf media, we can easily say that 2018 has already started off with a bang.

 

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U2 to have mini-golf event for great cause, and you can join them

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U2 is one of the greatest musical bands of all-time with numerous hit songs, with “Beautiful Day” being one of their biggest among others. The Irish rock stars will be replacing their instruments with golf clubs, as they will be hosting a minigolf event, and you can play with the band if you’re a fan of U2 and golf.

 

Donating $10 at Omaze.com will give you a chance of winning. Best of all, the donations are for a good cause, as the money will go to life-saving medications to help HIV positive mothers and their children live healthy lives.

 

There’s also some humor for how this came to be. Well, when U2 came together as young kids, they made a pledge never to play golf because they “didn’t think it was rock n’ roll”. Basically, golf wasn’t a sport that they thought fit the genre’s culture and lifestyle.

 

For the first time in their lives, the legendary group will break that pledge, and pull out their putters, to help this amazing cause. Things like this just show you the power of the sport.



 

Golf can be used for so many positive things, and you don’t have to play a full 18 holes. You can simply play minigolf, and take in the pleasures of putting, while still doing the right thing.

 

Cool stuff. Well played gentlemen.

 

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Tiger Woods’ Chicago golf course on hold but will likely still be completed

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Tiger Woods has been trying his hand at golf course design, and his latest project is a big one. Turning Chicago’s legendary Jackson Park Golf Course into a PGA Tour quality design.

The new public course will essentially coincide with the (Barack) Obama Presidential Center. However, the course is on hold as Tiger Woods, Mike Keiser and their group await the overall plan of Jackson Park, more specifically, the traffic and road plans as it relates to the Presidential Center according to a source.

However, the source also tells me that they are confident that the Chicago course will be completed, despite the slight halt. According to Chicago native Keiser, he said that being in a land where state officials make decisions has put things on hold.



“It’s in bureaucrat land or politician land. … Bureaucracy and red tape in Wisconsin is nonexistent. They say: Build all the golf you want; it’s great for tourism.” Keiser said according to Golf Digest.

Nonetheless, it still seems like the overall confidence is there. There’s just a minor hiccup in the timing.

From a personal standpoint, being a Chicago area native myself, it would be phenomenal to see a spot as legendary as Jackson Park become a PGA Tour stop. The design of the course may change, but the history of the grounds will remain.

To bring PGA Tour golf to the third biggest city in the nation is huge. Not to mention, having Tiger Woods as the designer makes it that much more appealing.

In Illinois, the John Deere Classic is the only regular PGA Tour stop. There may soon be two stops.

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Private Lessons with Tiger Woods cost an insane amount of money

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Getting lessons from one of the greats comes at a very high price. A private lesson with Tiger Woods was auctioned off for $210,000 at a Hurricane Harvery fundraiser event.

 

Ironically, it took place at Bluejack National, Woods’ beautiful new golf course in Texas. The price of Woods’ lesson was a good thing, as it helped PGA Tour stars Chris Stroud and Billy Gates surpass their goal of $1 million.

 

Better yet, there was a tournament where golf legends such as Ben Crenshaw and Stacy Lewis took part in as well as current stars like Patrick Reed. Other celebrities present included T.J. Yates of the Houston Texans and NBA legend Clyde Drexler.



Thanks to the tournament and the auctioning of Tiger Woods’ lesson, the group was able to raise more than $1 million for the fundraiser. Golf, like many sports, can be used for some excellent causes, and this most definitely was one of them.

 

Salute!

 

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Lexi Thompson reacts to the elimination of viewer call-ins

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The golf world can now breath a sigh of relief as one of the worst rules in all of sports has dissipated. Fans were able to call in if they noticed anything that may be penalty worthy in their eyes.

Famously, Lexi Thompson received a four-stroke penalty at the Ana Inspiration last season. Because of this, it prevented her from winning her second major in what was a terrific season. So Yeon Ryu ended up winning the tournament, defeating Thompson in a playoff.

More than likely, due to this incident which will go down in in the dark chapter of golf’s lore book of history, is where the change was finally made. So now, every pro tour will no longer allow call-ins.



If it weren’t for the Lexi Thompson events, this rule probably would still exist. She reacted to the news via Twitter.

As usual, Thompson keeps it classy. However, there’s no doubt that there’s a little weight lifted off her shoulder after the change.

Not only Thompson, but everyone who follows and loves the sport can enjoy it better now. You don’t have to tune in anymore to a golf tournament worrying about the possibility of a call-in.

Golf just got that much better.

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LOOK: Take a look at Pete and Alice Dye’s amazing putting course

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When we think of the all-time greats of golf course design, we think about the likes of Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast, and Allister MacKenzie among others. However, nobody has changed the world of golf course architecture and made it more cool than the dynamic duo of Pete and Alice Dye.

They are the masters of public golf course design, as the majority of their world famous layouts are open to the public. Immediately, we think about Whistling Straits, Kiawah Island, and TPC Sawgrass which are all public tracks. Much like Arnold Palmer, Pete and Alice helped get golf out of the “exclusive zone” and into the light of accessibility.

In celebration of these legends, the duo designed a cool new putting course in Indianoplis which features numerous holes from some of the Dye squad’s most iconic locations. Some of these holes replicated from Casa de Campo (Also known as “Teeth of the Dog” and is known as Pete’s favorite course he’s designed), Blackwolf Run, and Harbour Town among others. Holes from the aforementioned courses from earlier are also included.

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The best thing about this course is that it’s all for a great cause, opening at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum in March. It will be a part of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. There will even be a statue of the “Dyenamic” duo in front of the course’s entrance.

It will be $12 to $35 per admission ticket to the museum. Once you’re in, you can test your flat stick skills against a Dye design and take in the rest of the cool sports experience as well which includes basketball, baseball, and football among other sports.

You can visit ChildrenMeuseum.com for more info on the Sports Legends Experience and how you and your child can get in on the fun.

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WATCH: Tour Pro uses wedge to make birdie after snapping putter

In golf, there are moments where we may feel like snapping our putter. Well, Tyrrell Hatton did that during the Turkish Open and ended up putting with a wedge.

The amazing thing is that Hatton made his birdie putt which was a fairly lengthy one. We’ve seen golfers make putts with non-putters but it’s a rarity, and you’d have to be comfortable putting with a wedge to drill a putt like that.

It was the red-hot Justin Rose who would go on to win the Turkish, but Hatton left us with a fun little highlight. Let this show that, you can practically use any club for anything.

We’ve seen on a couple of occasions where players hit full swings with putters. One thing about swinging with a putter is that thanks to the uniquely shaped grips, it’s easy to square up on full swings.

This is because your hands are forced to be in a perfect position on the grip. After all, the way you grip the club is very important in taking a perfect swing.

So, if you forgot your putter at home, no worries, just use your wedge. I can’t guarantee you’ll drop birdies, but you’ll be able to show off your skills.

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REVIEW: Everybody’s Golf is an instant classic golf video game

The Hot Shots Golf series is one of the most iconic sports gaming franchises of all-time. Now it has returned as Everybody’s Golf, which it has famously been known as in Japan.

 

What’s different about this year’s game is that there’s a heavy emphasis on customization and golfing without limits. In previous installments, you played the game using a roster of cool, quirky characters.

 

Now, you create players from scratch for the first time in the series’ history. Right off the bat (or club head), the player customization is awesome and fairly deep.

 

It’s deep enough without being complicated and that’s probably the unique aspect. They were able to create a wonderful player customization system without overdoing the options.

 

You can choose from everything including height, weight, head size, shirts, pants, hats and even swing styles and player movements. You can unlock more gear throughout the game and it makes customizing your character that much more fun and addicting.

 

This is the initial thing you do when you fire up EG for the first time. Create your golfing legend your way, and you are off on your journey to world golf domination.

 

You are teleported to “Golf Island” which serves as your career hub and it’s pretty dope. The island is littered with statues of Suzuki, arguably the series’ most iconic character and it features numerous little areas where you can explore.

 

The game features more than just golf, and the island tells you this with a couple of neat little options. There’s a road overlooking the ocean, where you can take your golf cart(s) for a test drive, and there are also two spots where you can go fishing as well.

 

As mentioned, yes, you can drive golf carts around, with different colors and styles available to suit your need for speed on the course. After you finish exploring your new home base, it’s time to start your career.

 

The career works very similarly to previous installments, as you work your way through different tournaments to build your rank. Yes, there are boss battles (“VS Characters” as they are called) with numerous different characters just like in previous games.

 

The cool thing is that, when you defeat a boss, you can make that character your own, by using their player model in the golfer customization section. The game will ask you if you’d like to create a character from scratch, or if you’d like to use a VS Character that you defeated.



Select the character of your choice, change his or her clothing if you’d like and voila, you now can play as a VS Character. This is a nice feature, considering fans were upset that there may not be any characters they can unlock and use.

 

You can customize your defeated foe to your heart’s content. There are numerous creation slots too, so you can still use a defeated boss while still having access to your original player.

 

Once you’ve taken a break from career mode, you can visit the Open Course for a unique online sports gaming experience. The Open Course is the juice of Everybody’s Golf. After choosing a course, you can freely explore the course at your leisure, where you can ride golf carts, fish, and of course, play golf.

 

One of the cool things is that there will be items laying around the course for you to snatch. It can be coins, which you can use to purchase items in the shop, gems which can be used towards customizing your clubs and even golf balls and character items (beards, hats, etc).

 

This open-world environment is something new in golf games or any other sports game. It goes by nine holes, so you can choose to either travel to the front or back nine of a course. From there, it’s all fun.

 

The only flaw is that you need to progress through the career mode in order to unlock courses for online play. Once you make some moves, you have a solid collection of nines to explore and play.

 

Furthermore, if you want immediate options, you can purchase the Green Country Club (the very first course to appear in the game’s history back in 1997) and Balatta Country from the 1999 game. These two tracks can coincide with Eagle City Golf Club, which is the first available course in the game.

 

With that, you’ll have six nine hole courses to play online. Otherwise, you’ll have to grind through career mode to unlock the other courses, but it may be worth it in the end. However, it still would have been nice if all courses were available for online play immediately.

 

You can participate in daily online tournaments on the courses as well. You’ll be playing alongside other players who are also on the open course with you. When you complete a full, nine-hole round, you’ll receive a reward the following day.

 

There are also “Lucky Chance” opportunities which pop up at random. When you complete your round before the 20-minute deadline is up, you’ll receive a special reward if you’re lucky. If not, then you’re guaranteed to get gems.

 

There’s also a fun online mode called “Turf Wars” where the goal is complete each hole on the course as quickly as possible, and it’s played in teams. The teams with the most points by the end of the match win.

 

On to the golf courses themselves, and there are six of them you can play (after unlocking). Two of them are inspired by world famous courses. Eagle City takes place in EG’s own version of Los Angeles and the course is based on L.A. Country Club which recently hosted the Walker Cup.

 

Probably my favorite course in the game is the Imperial Garden, which was inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews. The course is very charming and is a lot of fun to play online while also featuring some of the prettiest fishing spots in the game.

 

Essentially, each course has a unique setting to suit one’s mood. One course takes place on an island that could be in a place like Hawaii, while there is a desert style course that has some quirky design features similarly to Wolf Creek in Nevada. Finally, there is a beautiful alpine themed course that could take place near the French Alps or in Switzerland.

 

The two DLC courses bring the course total to eight. Although there aren’t a lot of courses in the game, separating each Open Course by nine holes helps extends the experience. So really, you have 10 courses to explore and play (minus DLC). Plus, with each course being so large, the experience never gets boring.

 

I personally have logged in quite a bit of hours in the game, particularly on the Open Course. It’s quite an addicting experience, especially when trying to get high scores on each hole. Plus, the golfing mechanics are terrific which is what made the Hot Shots/Everybody’s Golf so popular.

 

Each course looks very beautiful, and with evening or dawn settings. The shining of the sun is realistic and really adds to each course’s beauty.

 

The design of each course greatly fit the game, with both quirky and realistic elements to give you a little bit of both, arcade and authentic golf. The challenge of each location also fits the game big personality, with some courses featuring tight, sloping fairways, and intimidating bunker placement.

 

THE VERDICT

Overall, Everybody’s Golf is an excellent follow-up from the fantastic Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational. Its rich customization, deep career mode, and addicting online Open Course mode instantly make Everybody’s Golf an amazing game.

The Open Course feature alone will get anyone coming back for more and is a feature that should have been featured on console golf years ago. The legendary franchise has always had fun games, but Everybody’s Golf on the PS4 may be one of the best golf games of all-time and with some more post-release updates, it’ll just add to its greatness.

Final Score: 9/10

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BREAKING: Tiger Woods to play in Hero World Challenge

 

 

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Tiger Woods has announced a return to golf via Twitter Monday afternoon. He will tee it up at his Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas on Nov. 30.

He will join rising star Daniel Berger as the two final picks for the field. Woods was selected by the committee while Berger made it to the event on an exemption.

The last time Woods played competitive golf? That was all the way back in February when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic after just one round.

Although it is an unofficial event, Woods had some bright moments the last time he teed it up in the tournament last year. He tied the record for the most birdies, but unfortunately for Woods, it was too late and would end up finishing 15th in a 17 man field.



Nonetheless, the 14-time major champion looks forward to the return to the sport once more.

“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said via a statement on his website. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and Hero MotoCorp for their continued support of this tournament and my foundation. I would also like to thank the fans for their unwavering support during my injury.”

Woods has hinted at his return with several Twitter videos showing him hitting shots. Nobody knew when he would return, however, with some wondering if he would be ready by the time The Masters started.

Coming back now makes sense, as it gives him the opportunity to get back on his competitive feet in a fairly laid back event which he is in charge of. Obviously, nobody knows how we will play, but there’s no doubt that Woods is letting out a sigh of relief knowing that he’s back out on the golf course competitively.

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