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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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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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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Jimmy Walker has officially proven that he’s one of golf’s best

 

Jimmy Walker turned professional in golf in 2001. For years, he was a name nobody knew on the PGA Tour, and has been constantly confused with the legendary actor of the same name.

And then, in 2014, it was quite a turn of events for Walker, who had a terrific season. He racked up three wins right away and he wasn’t done yet.

He also had three top 10 finishes at the majors in 2014 at the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship. His 26th place finish at The Open was also nothing to sleep on.

In 2015, Walker added two more wins to his resume. He also had two runner-up finishes as well, meaning he was close to an impressive seven wins in two seasons.

Despite the success, people were still unsure who he was. Certainly he slowly started to build a fanbase after playing so well but, some believed his wins occurred too early in the season.

But now, with a good performance at the Ryder Cup in 2014, and a PGA Championship win to his credit, he has officially joined the PGA Tour’s elite. Even if it was ever so quietly, like a ninja in the night.

But, the man who wears all black isn’t throwing stars and slinging nun chucks. He uses a sword, and that sword is his deadly putter.

Despite ranking 55th in in the world in putting, Walker was 12th in 2014 and second in 2015. No doubt his putting slump may have had some people on edge during the tournament but, on the last couple of holes, Walker hit the putts he needed to.

However, he hit the shot of his life on the 10th at Baltusrol, where he holed out of a bunker for his birdie. No putter needed.

On 18, he decided to go for it in two and pulled out his 3-wood. He missed the green and ended up in the greenside rough.

Cool as ice, Walker hit a gorgeous flop shot that made the green with tiny bit of spin on it. All he needed was a par for the win.

He had a very long putt for his birdie chance, and this was the moment when his putter caught fire again just like in 2014 and 2015. He hit his lag putt close enough to where it left him with an easy par chance.

The long putt nearly dropped, but nonetheless, Walker knew that he was a sweet par away from his first major and to hold off defending champion Jason Day. The putt dropped, and Walker joined Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only golfers in the last 20 years, to go wire-to-wire for a PGA Championship win.

He also became the fourth first time major winner this season. He joined Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) and Henrik Stenson (The Open), all of those players being in the top 15 in the World Golf Rankings.

And after 15 years of being a pro, Jimmy Walker was a major champion. A great way to cap off one of the hottest stretches of golf in a two-year span.

The man went from 13 years without a title, to instantly getting six wins, including a major. You can bet we’ll see Walker representing team USA in the Ryder Cup this Fall.

If he can help the U.S. squad win its first Ryder Cup in eight years, he will prove yet again why he’s one of the best golfers on the planet.

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ICYMI: Tiger Woods Sends Kind Letter to Bullied Teen

See, I told you this next article would be a more positive one! The other day, Tiger Woods sent a heartfelt letter to a boy who was getting bullied at school. The teen, who seems to have a stuttering problem is the reason the bullying occurred.

The boy, who’s name is Dillon was even attempting suicide which unfortunately a ton of kids have to deal with today. He’s about to jump out of the window of his room until thankfully his parents came in and saved him.

Sophie Gustafson who has made 8 Solheim Cup teams and is 6th all-time in Ladies European Tour history with 16 wins, also had a major stuttering problem and was somewhat of a mentor to Dillon through the tough times. She was very gracious for the letter from Tiger to dillon.

Golf writing legend Ron Sirak was the one who reached out to Tiger and it did the trick.

Woods himself had a stuttering problem growing up as he mentions this in the letter. He talked about how he learned how to get through it.

Here’s the warm, heartfelt letter from Tiger:

That’s just plain awesome. I’m sure there was a time where we were bullied once and can relate to what Dillon has to deal with. But, you have to keep your head up, be strong and tell all the bullies to get the heck outta of the way because you have goals and dreams you’re trying to reach.

Classy moves Sophie, Ron and Tiger!

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Source: TheGuardian.com


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PHOTO: You won’t believe which golfer is in this picture

Anthony Kim was known as one of the better recovery players and streaky putters in the game. His two best performances arguably came at the 2008 Ryder Cup and the 2010 Masters where he finished third and had the record for most consecutive birdies in a single round at Augusta.

Well, AK was spotted at the Omnia Night Club in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. Thanks to an Instagram user, the picture below was taken.

It's super rare to be out with @ricksalomon and golf great @Anthony Kim

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I’m actually quite surprised AK was willing to take the picture. Because he has been extremely secretive about his life in the last couple of years and didn’t seem to want anyone to know what he was doing.

It’s gotten so crazy that we’re actually making a big deal about a picture that he was in. But there’s a reason for it because the man has been anything but visible the last couple of years after he was once looked at as one of golf’s bright young stars.

He had a swagger to him, his microwave style of play was big and he was just Mr. Cool. I definitely thought that after his impressive performance at the Masters in 2010 that he was officially getting into his prime.

Then he started getting quieter and quieter and quieter and nobody noticed. It just seemed like he was slumping and that happens to many good players.

Then it just seemed like he was no where to be found. Until now.

Personally, AK was one of my favortite players on Tour. Loved the combination of game and swagger that he had. It’s nice to see him in the spotlight again.

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Source: USA Today’s For the Win


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Jordan Spieth Goes Wire to Wire to Win 2015 Masters

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. grins as he wears his Champion's green jacket on the putting green after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta

After falling short in last year’s Masters to Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth got his revenge and with impressive fashion. Spieth conquered the field and Augusta National, going wire to wire for the victory, the first player to do so sine Raymond Floyd did in 1976.

In Masters tournament that featured a historic leadeerboard towards the top that included Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, there was no real threat to Spieth. The only players that had a great shot catching Spieth were Charley Hoffman for the first two days, and Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson on the last two days.

Spieth finished tying the Masters record of 18- breaking Tiger Woods’ record that was set back in 1997. A big shot came for Spieth when he had a beautiful recovery chip shot on the famed 11th hole which set him up for a tap in par save.

Another important shot was the key par putt he hit on hole 16 which practically sealed the deal for the 21-year old. Justin Rose came out of nowhere to make things interesting but his some unfortunate shots and Spieth took advantage of the opportunity.

Spieth’s recovery ability and putting is what pretty much won the Green Jacket for him. He has quickly established himself as one of the better recovery players and one of the best finishers in golf.

Among those who finished towards the top, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson finished 14- in a tie for third, Rory Mcilroy, who had a lot of hype going into this one, finished in fourth at 12- and young talent Hedeki Matsuyama finished in fifth at 11-. Rounding out the top 10 were Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Charley Hoffman and 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson.

Spieth has become the second youngest player to win the Masters.

So Jordan Spieth is your 2015 Masters champion.

With Jordan’s victory, is he now the best American player on Tour? Leave your thoughts below!

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Tiger Shoots 66 at Medalist, Agent Confirms Augusta Practice

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A few days ago, there were many rumors swirling around that Tiger Woods was seen practicing at Augusta National as his jet was spotted at a Georgia airport. Well, his agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that he did indeed play 18 holes at Augusta according to Bob Harig of ESPN.com.

So, this left many people wondering if he will make his return to Augusta after all after it almost felt like it was a sure thing that he wasn’t going to play this year. Tiger also missed last year’s Masters as well.

But here’s something that could cheer you up if you’re a Tiger fan. At Medalist Golf Club which is his home course, Tiger shot the best round he’s shot in a while, shooting a 66.

Yup yup, Tiger decided to sharpen his claws once again as he tackled the tough Medalist. And Medalist Golf Club isn’t exactly a cake walk.

The course has practically an army of bunkers around most of the greens and on the 18th hole, you have be accurate both off the tee and on the approach shot. If it’s a windy day then good luck!

Despite the low score, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready for The Masters but we’ll have to wait and see. Even if he does, how do you think he’ll play?

If anything, he could have a decent tournament but are fans rushing him too much? Another thing to keep in mind, although he shot that 66 at medalist, Augusta is a different animal every year plus the heat of competition will be on his tracks as the young new predators in the wild are in the hunt for the green jacket.

But again, we shall see. It’s just alarming in a good way if you are a Tiger fan that he shot a 66.

And according to Tim Rosaforte via Twitter, Tiger chipped in for a birdie at Medalist. This was a major flaw in his game recently and was a huge reason why he was shooting such high scores.

I think I’m in the minority though, at least from a fan’s standpoint when I say that golf’s in terrific shape, even without Tiger. I think Tiger makes it a little better, but the young talent that’s out there today is unbelievable.

Now, we have another big hitter off the tee in Phoenix Open champ and rookie Brooks Koepka. Rory Mcilroy is going for the career grand slam.

Bubba Watson, although not the most liked by some fans, is trying to repeat as a Masters champion. The last golfer to do so? None other than Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth is hungry for the green jacket after letting a sleeve of it slip off his arm last year.

Adam Scott, who won it in 2013, has been a favorite choice for a lot of people going into this tournament. Adam is one of the few all-around players going into the tournament.

Dustin Johnson, who after his incident with crrraaackk (You have to shout that), one of the longest hitters in the game has been on fire lately and looks to challenge Augusta with his long tee shots.

Thing is, between Bubba and DJ, both have dominated off the tee. DJ is a bit more accurate than Bubba is yet when Bubba does get into trouble, he’s one of, if not the most dangerous recovery player on Tour.

Oh, and how can we forget Jimmy Walker, who is once again putting on a “Player of the Year” kind of performance has already won two tournaments this season. He without a doubt, could be the hottest player coming into this Masters.

I mentioned this on Twitter, Jimmy is one major away from being the best American player on Tour. I have a hard time beliveing that he won’t win one this year.

If he wins at Augusta, then it’ll be one heck of a way to win your first major. With all due respect to other terrific majors, the Masters is just king. Only the Masters captures the eye of all sports fans around the world.

So, even if Tiger doesn’t play again this year, there will be so many incredible story lines to keep up with at the Masters this year. If he does play, then great, another story to look at.

But it seems like a lot of you are panicking and I’m telling you take a deep breath because golf is in fantastic shape.

Bring on the Masters! Augusta is calling!

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Jason and Amanda Dufner are Getting Divorced

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Well, this almost came out of the clear blue sky. Arguably, the most popular couple on the PGA Tour is getting separated as Jason and Amanda Dufner are getting a divorce according to GolfChannel.com.

Jason, as we know, rose to fame and grew a huge fanbase for his victory at the 2013 PGA Championship and for his cool, chill nature off the course. His cool attitude properly dubbed him “The Duf” and has been a fan favorite over the last few years.

His wife Amanda also grew increasingly popular after she was seen at the PGA Championship. Of course after the Duf won the tournament, he did the now famous butt tap on Amanda which also grew the popularity of the two.

Amanda has since enjoyed getting plenty of eyes on her Instagram page, hoping that she would post a picture of herself in a bikini which she has done plenty of times. She’s also closely followed on other social media and has been arguably the most popular wife on Tour among the men.

According to GolfChannel.com, the two were separated on February 17th and now it’s official. According to the court settlement filed by Amanda, there has been an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” and there was “a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together.”

Amanda is suppose to get a whopping sum of $2.5 million while Jason will retain ownership of both his home in Auburn, AL and his home that is currently under construction.

Now, before you come out and say “Who cares?” or “Why is this a big deal?”, you got to realize how popular these two were. A very popular couple thanks to some cameramen and your viewing eyes.

So, it is kinda a big deal, especially since they were only married for three years. Plus, Jason has a big time following of fans and for good reason, the dude is freakin’ awesome so you know this is a big thing for his fans.

Let’s hope once this all gets settled, Jason will be back and playing well. Because, he sure was on the rise after that PGA Championship win.

One thing’s for sure, and we’ll keep this between you and me, I am NOT getting married. I think it’s just too much. I’ll stick with girlfriends (Which I don’t have at the moment. I’m such a geek) thank you!

Oh, and the Duf’s next tournament? Some event called “The Masters” I think. It has some golf course called “Augusta National”? Does that ring a bell at all? Because I have no clue!

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REPORT: 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain has Been Selected

Davis Love III Lost a Heartbreaker as Captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Squad at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.

Davis Love III Lost a Heartbreaker as Captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Squad at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.

Alright Ryder Cup fans, want to put that last Ryder Cup aftermath meltdown behind you? Well, now you finally can because The U.S. has just announced their new captain.

According to golf writing great Tim Rosaforte via GolfChannel.com, Davis Love III will return as Ryder Cup captain after nearly blowing out team Europe in the historic 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah here in the Chi (Chicago). Despite Keegan Bradley playing out of his mind, the Euros made an unbelievable comeback that will be stuck in America’s brain for a long time unless a big win happens in 2016.

 

This may be a big surprise for fans who thought Fred Couples was the heavy favorite. He’s one of the most popular and beloved golfers in the history of the game and has a successful President’s Cup resume.

 

So this may be a big surprise to fans as DL3 was the captain just a short few years ago. This gives him the opportunity to redeem himself after the Cup was at the tip of his fingertips.

 

Personally, I love the move. Although I felt Fred Couples was an excellent choice but I’m not disappointed at all about the DL3 move.

 

I was hoping that he’d get another shot down the road as he led one of the most dominant U.S. teams in recent memory despite to upset. That’s why it was an “upset” because the U.S. squad was just out of control good.

 

Davis is a likable guy and has had a terrific career to go with it. He has a great leader mentality and now he has the experience under his belt as a captain going into 2016.

 

This is an exciting move for U.S. Ryder Cup fans and should make for an interesting tournament next year. I wonder what the roster will look like next year too.

 

Don’t be surprised if you see Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Brooks Koepka in next year’s Ryder because these guys are definitely on the rise. I’m being biased because I’m a fan, but it would be great and beneficial to have Tony Finau on that team and who knows, he may have a few wins on his resume around that time.

 

The guy can absolutely drill a golf ball down a fairway. Could be big at Hazeltine, the host course of the 2016 Ryder Cup.

 

What makes this move so great is that he’s fresh off of a captaincy so I’m sure he’s eager to get back to it. It’s not like it’s a guy who’s captained before, but hasn’t done it in years.

 

This guy is refurbished and ready to go. Like a pre-owned game at GameStop, it’s been played but is waiting to be played again but when you play it, it’s like nobody touched it.

 

As for the Euros, it looks like Darren Clarke might be the new captain after there were many rumors swirling that the “Real Most Interesting Man in the World”, Miguel Angel Jimenez was going to be the captain. But, it looks like the European Tour’s 15th all-time wins leader and 2011 Open Championship winner will take the cake.

 

As for DL3, it’s his chance to get the Cup that was taken from him. No doubt he’ll be coming into the next Ryder Cup with a force and his brain will be working like a Ferrari engine.

 

DL3 becomes the 8th U.S. Ryder Cup captain to lead the team twice. Probably the quickest to have two stints as well.

 

His storied resume includes 20 PGA Tour wins and a PGA Championship in 1997. He has 36 tournament wins worldwide.

 

The 2016 Ryder Cup will be held at the legendary Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. It has hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, and the NCAA Men’s National Championship among others and was designed by golf course architecture legends Rees and Robert Trent Jones.

 

So, what do you think of this big move? Do you think Davis will lead team USA to victory his second time around? Or will he once again collapse? Things will get real spicy once we find out who’s on the team next year.

 

Here’s Rosaforte’s report below:

 

 

 

 

 

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