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Unlike many sports, there is no true off-season in golf. Though nothing is official until the start of the Mercedes Championships in January, the money earned in November and December still counts in your account. That means many in this weeks Tour Championship field have more golf to play, and more cash to bank.
Tiger Woods will take a little time off before a hectic three weeks.
Hell travel to Japan for the Dunlop Phoenix Open, Nov. 21-24; will play the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii, Nov. 26-27; will then compete in the Skins Game in California, Nov. 31-Dec. 1; and will also host his own 12-man tournament, the Target World Challenge, back in the Golden State, Dec. 5-8.
After that, Ill take a month off before the Mercedes, Woods said. Its kind of hard to believe that our season is going to start up pretty soon.
Phil Mickelsons schedule isnt much different. He will play alongside Woods in the Skins Game, and has received an invitation to the Target World Challenge. Hell also represent the United States in the following weeks World Cup in Mexico. He would have been Tigers teammate, but Woods withdrew, leaving Phil to play with good friend and Ryder Cup partner David Toms.
The worlds No. 2 isnt accustomed to playing this much this late in the year. He sat out four months after last years NEC Invitational in August. In the process, he skipped The Tour Championship and the Mercedes Championships.
His reason for doing so was family. His wife, Amy, gave birth to their second daughter last October. She is once again pregnant, and is expecting their third child ' gender unknown ' in March, around the time of The Players Championship.
Because of this, Mickelson is unsure of his schedule in early 2003; therefore, he said he wants to play as much as he can right now.
Tour Championship winner Vijay Singh said he has a couple of outings in Asia that I have to do that are only weekends, more or less a holiday break. Hell also compete in the Target and World Cup.
Other international travelers include Sergio Garcia. The 22-year-old Spaniard heads from Atlanta to his homeland for the European Tours season-ending Volvo Masters. You can also see him in Singapore for a Skins Game; in Japan for the Dunlop Phoenix; and in South Africa for the Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he will try and defend his million-dollar title.
Ill be in Orlando next week and I leave Friday to go to Japan (for the Visa Taiheiyo Masters) and then I go from Japan down to Melbourne to play in the Australian Open. Then Ill be back in Orlando, Howell said.
Never been to Japan, but I bought my two little books for the translation words here and there. So I can say hello and good-bye, and I dont like sushi, so its not boding very well for me.
And what will he do when he finally gets an extended stay at home?
Ill just practice, he said. Thats one of the main reasons I live in Orlando, for good weather in the off-season. Ill have the whole month of December off and do some practicing then.
Said his father, Charles, matter-of-factly: He doesnt have a lot of interests outside of golf.
Before this years U.S. Open, Howell said his instructor, David Leadbetter, forced him to take a vacation in the Bahamas ' without his clubs.
That was the first time I had ever taken more than one day off in my life. That felt odd, Howell said. I was going into spasms about that third day.
Singh knows the feeling.
Aside from the tournaments hes schedule to play, Singh will continue his legendary daylong practice sessions, as well as his fitness regimen.
Im looking forward to the off-season now. Im going to work much harder and get much stronger. Look out, Im not done yet, he advised.
Not all will be working on their games or their bodies, however.
Steve Lowery said he was going to shut it downIve got a few commitments, but Im not playing any tournaments, probably until next year.
David Duval, who didnt qualify for the Tour Championship, said that after the Buick Challenge, I have a tournament in Japan (Dunlop Phoenix) and a one-day thing in Mexico, and other than that you wont see me until the 27th of January.
While Duval wouldnt go into detail as to what he would be doing in his downtime, newly chosen Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton had only two specifics in mind.
Im working on losing weight, spending time with my kids, said the burly father of three.
Ernie Els will be spending the majority of his downtime with his wife and daughter, as well.
Basically, rest, help my wife out with the family, said Els of his future plans.
This years British Open champion own four homes ' in the Bahamas, Wentworth, Orlando and South Africa. He said he would spend most of his time in his native country, and might throw a party or two.
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