Tiger Woods Says His Legacy and Allegiance Are With PGA Tour | WGN 720 radio
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tiger Woods has left little room for interpretation regarding Greg Norman’s latest attempt to participate in a tour or other proposed leagues that offer guaranteed riches for players to compete in competitive formats. ‘team.
He made his mark on the PGA Tour and that was enough for him.
“I myself decided to support the PGA Tour. That’s where my legacy is, ”said Woods. “I’ve been fortunate to have won 82 events on this tour and 15 major championships, and I’ve been a part of the world golf championships, their start and their end. “
Woods has 18 World Golf Championships titles, which now only have one event scheduled for this season.
“So I have allegiance to the PGA Tour,” said Woods.
Woods said he disagreed with any comparison to when Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus helped lead a breakup with the PGA of America in the late 1960s by creating a division for the players of tournaments to better meet their needs. It became what is now the PGA Tour.
He also praised PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan for getting the tour through the pandemic.
“I think the tour is in good hands,” said Woods. “They are doing fantastically and the prize money is going up. Money just isn’t guaranteed like most sports are. It’s like tennis, you have to go and win it.
Meanwhile, the PGA Tour has still not allowed its members to play in the Saudi International from February 3-6. It’s part of the Asian Tour, but not among the 10 new events Norman is planning as part of his LIV Golf investments, which are backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
The tournament said it had commitments from 24 PGA Tour members, including defending champions Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Xander Sc Chaudele. The PGA Tour has said its rules allow a decision on releases to be made up to 30 days before the first round.
Sc Chaudele confirmed he was playing but did not know the status of his release. He leaves it to his management team to sort this out.
“I try to be my own agent or deal with the issues off the course… I realized that I was trying to be good at one thing, and that is golf,” he said. . “I’ll let someone else take care of it. “
MASTERS IN THE SPIRIT
Golf is set to end for the year, which means the field for the Masters next April will get some top 50 additions in the final world rankings.
Two tournaments that could affect this are in Japan and South Africa.
Takumi Kanaya finished with a 67 for a tie for fourth place at the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour last week, placing him 54th in the world. Kanaya is playing the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup this week, giving him a chance to enter the top 50. He qualified for the 2019 Masters as an Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion.
The South African Open will be the last event of the year on the Sunshine Tour (and the DP World Tour) due to the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in the country. Christiaan Bezuidenhout is No 48 and came in to play Gary Player Country Club, so he can carve out a place for himself.
The Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas offers World Ranking Points, but that won’t affect who gets a spot at Augusta National. Everyone on the pitch is already exempt, except Henrik Stenson, and he couldn’t get into the top 50 even if he won.
That leaves the Australian PGA Championship next week at Royal Queensland. Min Woo Lee is No. 49 in the world and not among the first to enter, although projections indicate he will remain in the top 50 by the end of the year. The Scottish Open champion has never played the Masters.
At least nine players will likely be added to the squad, three of whom primarily play the PGA Tour – Matthew Wolff, Mackenzie Hughes and Ryan Palmer. Hughes clinched his spot with a tie for fourth place in the Zozo Championship and second place at Sea Island.
That probably means no more than 84 players on the field, making it virtually certain that the Masters will keep their field under 100 players.
The week before Thanksgiving, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler were so grateful as they both became fathers for the first time.
Annie Spieth gave birth to a boy, Sammy, on November 14. Spieth waited until November 18 to post a photo of the baby on social media with their dark lab watching. It was the day Alison Fowler gave birth to a daughter, Maya. The Fowlers posted a picture of them with their daughter outside their home.
Spieth is playing this week in the Hero World Challenge, his first event in six weeks.
Thriston Lawrence is the first player to say it was a lifelong dream “to win a DP World Tour event”. The Johannesburg Open was the first event on the program of a European tour which was renamed the DP World Tour. Whatever his name, now was the perfect time for Lawrence.
He opened with 65-65 for a four-stroke lead, and that held up when the omicron COVID-19 variant in South Africa shortened the event to 54 holes, and bad weather shortened it to 36. holes.
“It’s a life changing moment,” he said.
Lawrence has not only secured one of three places in St. Andrews for the British Open next summer, he is also exempt from the DP World Tour. It looked grim over the past two years due to the pandemic, which wiped out the qualifying heats to access outside South Africa.
The victory comes three weeks after missing a Korn Ferry Tour map all at once in qualifying.
“I had my card on the Sunshine Tour, but I really wanted to take the next step,” he said. “You want to see yourself up there, but the last year and a half of COVID has been tough, so you kind of see your dreams fading away. “
Newly the first American to win the Best Tour in Europe award, Collin Morikawa will perform twice on the DP World Tour early next year at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic. … NBC Sports Next has a sponsorship agreement with the US Army to provide tee times distribution and promotions for 33 golf courses at US Army facilities via GolfNow, TeeOff and Military Tee Times. Some of these courses on the mainland and in Hawaii include the West Point Golf Course in New York City and a 36-hole facility in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. … Justin Thomas is engaged and proposed earlier this month to his girlfriend Jillian Wisniewski.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Tom Hoge, Sepp Straka, Peter Malnati and Sung Kang have competed in eight of the nine tournaments in the PGA Tour fall schedule. Hoge (# 27) is the only one in the FedEx Cup top 60.
“Seeing some of my shots fall from the sky much faster than before is a bit revealing, but at least I’m able to do it again. This is something that for a while there it didn’t seem like I was going to do it. – Tiger Woods.
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