Tiger Els Come Together to Stage Junior Event

By Associated PressMay 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
CHICAGO -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are taking their friendly rivalry to junior golfers.
Woods and Els have created the Friendship Cup, in which junior golfers from their foundations will meet every year in either the United States or South Africa to play a three-day match and learn about the others' background and cultures.
The Tiger Woods Foundation said Monday the inaugural match will be held July 2-8 at Edgewood Valley Country Club in La Grange, Ill., the same week as the Western Open.
Four boys and four girls, ages 15 to 18, will qualify based on requirements determined by the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation. The format will be mixed teams in better ball, boys and girls' teams in alternate shot and singles matches in the final round. Among those selected for Woods' team is his niece, Cheyenne Woods.
A site was not been announced for the 2007 Friendship Cup in South Africa.
Woods and Els are longtime friends who have staged some memorable duels, none bigger than the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa. When the matches ended in a tie, Woods and Els were selected by their captains for a sudden-death playoff at Fancourt. On the third extra hole in near darkness, Woods made a 15-foot par putt, and Els matched it with a 6-footer for par.
The Presidents Cup then was declared a tie.
They also played the final 36 holes together in the season-opening Mercedes Championships in 2000, both making eagle on the final hole to force a playoff, both making birdie on the first extra hole. Woods won on the second playoff hole with a 40-foot birdie putt.
The Tiger Woods Foundations was created by Woods and his late father, Earl, in 1996, to help kids with community-based programs aimed at health, education and welfare. The Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation was created in 1999 to identify and help aspiring golfers with limited resources.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.