Woods Receives Honor for Foundation Work
The Golf Writers Association of America honored the world's No. 1 player Wednesday with the Charlie Bartlett Award for his work with the Tiger Woods Foundation, which has reached about 10 million young people and given out more than $30 million in grants.
He also opened the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a 35,000-square-foot facility in Anaheim, Calif., in which about 5,000 students in an after-school program studied engineering, robotics and forensic science.
'I'm proud of the work my foundation has accomplished, and I'm honored the GWAA has chosen to celebrate the 10 million young lives we've changed for the better,' Woods said. 'Receiving the Charlie Bartlett Award is a great honor, and I'm grateful for this support and recognition.'
Woods, who won nine times worldwide and two majors last year, also won the GWAA's player of the year award.
The award, named after the first secretary of the GWAA, is given to a professional golfer for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Woods will be honored at the GWAA annual dinner April 4 in Augusta, Ga.
Woods and his late father, Earl, established the foundation when Woods turned pro in 1996.
Along with the learning center, the foundation joined with Target Stores in 2000 to create 'Start Something,' a free program for children ages 8 through 17 that helps them define their goals.
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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup
Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.
U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.
“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.
Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”
Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.
“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”
Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.
Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.
“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”
Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'
Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.
Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.
Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.
Just arrived in France! I can always count on my grandma for a good heart felt text she’s the best! pic.twitter.com/WEwgRH4Pc0— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) June 25, 2018
Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.
What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson
Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:
Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft
Fairway wood: Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft
Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Putter: Ping PLD Anser
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big
Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:
|T26||Si Woo Kim||-8||$49,700|
|T47||Billy Hurley III||-3||$17,578|