Tigers foundation opens two learning centers in DC

By Associated PressOctober 9, 2010, 12:47 am

WASHINGTON – Tiger Woods received enthusiastic applause as he walked into the assembly room at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School. He smiled, told stories and was universally welcomed as the bearer of good news: His charitable foundation is opening a learning center upstairs.

It was just the sort of feel-good outing Woods could use more often these days.

In a difficult year both personally and professionally, Woods came to the nation’s capital Friday to mark the opening of two Tiger Woods Learning Centers. It had been a goal of his since he began hosting the AT&T National at nearby Congressional Country Club in 2007, but the plans were put on hold for a while because of the recession.

Woods was at ease as he answered prescreened questions from the students, with no references to the marital infidelity that led to his recent divorce or the fact that he hasn’t won a tournament all year.

“Kids are so much more fun to talk to than anybody else. They always have been, they always will be,” he said afterward. “Maybe I can relate to them a little better. I’m a kid at heart as well.”

An upbeat Woods interacting with high school students is a good one-day image boost, but he said the work done by his foundation has been his own constant source of good news.

“We’ve had moments like this throughout the year with our foundation,” he said. “It’s not publicized. We get the letters, we get the phone calls from these kids thanking us and having them move on to colleges, so it’s pretty exciting.”

Woods’ foundation used to all about golf clinics for children – 'We were like a circus basically, we’re in for a one week and we’re out' – but he said he shifted the focus to general education after he had to drive from St. Louis to his Florida home after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I was driving by myself, and I just felt that if I was the one in one of those buildings or on one of the planes, what would be left behind?” he said. “And I basically thought I hadn’t done anything. Yeah, I can hit a golf ball wherever it may be, but that’s entertainment. I hadn’t done anything impacting.”

The first learning center is a large facility in Anaheim, Calif., but the two in Washington are essentially high-tech rooms installed on high school campuses at a combined cost of about $1.6 million. One is tailored for studies in video and film production and communications, the other for science and engineering.

Woods said the smaller model could reach more students and be replicated as he looks to expand to other cities and possibly to other countries.

Asked if his foundation has given him a way to channel more of his energy during his trying year, Woods said his charitable arm has always taken up a good deal of his time.

“I’ve been as committed before as I am now. Nothing’s changed,” he said. “I work a lot more hours than people may think.”

As for his game, Woods had some promising stretches at the Ryder Cup over the weekend and has three more tournaments this year, but he’s promising a new look for next year as he works with new swing coach Sean Foley.

“Obviously my swing is going to be totally different than it was in 2010,” he said. “Working with Sean, I’ve made a lot of changes, and there’s still a long way to go. But I’m showing some positive signs.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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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.