Woods Foundation to Host TOUR Event in Washington
Woods will join Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as hosts of a PGA TOUR event, although still to be announced was a title sponsor and a golf course for the new tournament in the Washington, D.C., area during Fourth of July week.
The Tiger Woods Foundation will run the tournament, and the foundation will be the chief beneficiary of charity.
'This is a wonderful opportunity to expand awareness and interest in the work we're doing for millions of kids across the country,' Woods said in a statement. 'I'm grateful the PGA TOUR selected us as partners and am very excited my foundation will host another amazing event, this time in our nation's capital.'
The tournament will be held July 5-8 and takes the spot in the schedule that once belonged to the International outside Denver.
The International cancelled its event three weeks ago because it could not find a title sponsor. Tournament founder Jack Vickers attributed the demise to Woods not playing his event.
That won't be a problem in Washington.
Woods probably won't play his new event this year because his wife is expecting their first child in early July. But he figures to be a regular in the long haul, especially with his foundation running the tournament and getting a big portion of the charity.
The world's No. 1 player has only competed three times in the area -- twice at the Presidents Cup held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in northern Virginia, and at the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional.
The relationship between Woods and a PGA TOUR event is even stronger than the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston, which also benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods has never missed that event, which is now part of the FedExCup playoff series.
He is host of the Target World Challenge, an unofficial event in December for 16 top players, which benefits the Tiger Woods Learning Center and other programs in his foundation.
Greg McLaughlin, president and CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation, said the Washington event won't have any immediate affect on the silly-season event held at Sherwood Country Club.
'We're very committed to maintaining the challenge season event we have in December in Southern California,' he said. 'And we're really excited about our partnership with the tour and the Washinton market.'
They will have to move quickly with the tournament only 18 weeks away. Woods and PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem will have a press conference March 7 in Washington to announce more details, such as the title sponsor and course.
Washington appeared to have lost its PGA TOUR event under the shorter FedExCup season, when title sponsor Booz Allen showed no interest in moving from the summer to a fall event, after the Tour Championship.
One course mentioned most often in the Washington area is Congressional, which first hosted the PGA TOUR event when it moved to Washington in 1980. The TPC Avenel became the host course in 1987, although Congressional was used on a one-time basis in 2005.
Congressional is to host the 2009 U.S. Amatuer and the 2012 U.S. Open.
Also available, depending on club membership, is RTJ. It has held the Presidents Cup every time it has been played in the United States since 1994, although the tour announced Tuesday that Harding Park in San Francisco would get the '09 matches.
As for Avenel, Finchem said earlier this month that renovation on the TPC course and its clubhouse would start this spring, but he did not say whether a tournament would return.
'With the rebuild of Avenel, it would be available by '09,' he said. 'It would become an option, even though we don't feel a necessity to play there.'
Meantime, Vickers not only lost his tournament, but he saw it replaced by one that is virtually guaranteed of getting Woods. A spokeswoman for Vickers did not return a phone call seeking comment.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18