A Foundation for Young Lives

By George WhiteNovember 30, 2000, 5:00 pm
You know how it goes with athletes and kids. Slap your name on a foundation, get three or four dedicated souls to run it, let them do all the work, then go rest in your hammock and congratulate yourself on doing something for youth.
Well, that's certainly better than nothing. At the very least, the donation of a few thousand dollars means there's more money available than when your foundation started. I don't care if it's tax-deductible, somethin' is better than nuthin'.
Tiger Woods has a foundation. But his group is a little different. He gives of his money, true. He goes a step further and has outings to raise more cash. But then he goes a whole mile further and gets out and gets his hands dirty. He gets down where the rubber meets the road, teaching the young `uns one-on-one. He's only the best golfer in the world, showing your rug-rat how to hold the club. Glory be, that's Tiger Woods out there!
Woods does it because he was one of them not too long ago. He's doing it this year in the Williams World Championships played this weekend where the proceeds go to the Tiger Woods Foundation. 'I truly believe in what we do,' said Tiger, and you get the idea that this gig is a little different.
'I believe in junior golf,' he says. 'And I believe in kids. I believe in education and their pursuit of trying to be a better person. And without having an opportunity, some of these kids - some of the brightest kids - are out there, but they don't have a chance and it's unfortunate.'
Tiger Woods is an unusual situation and he knows it. He isn't married and doesn't have children himself, so he has the time to do something now. Who knows what his life will be like 10 years from now? But today, right now, he has the time. And if he doesn't have the time, he makes the time.
'We're here to try and change that, to try and give these kids a chance to become better than what they think they can. You know, it's just a matter of providing opportunity for them. Ultimately, it's up to them if they want to go ahead and challenge themselves to try and become a better person.'
He must know that all are not as talented as he was, all are not as driven to succeed. And golf, even for those who are close to a golf course, is an expensive sport. The First Tee, developed and administered by the PGA Tour, is building junior courses as fast as possible in some major cities. But the idea isn't widely in effect yet, and equipment is still costly. You just don't climb into the attic and get down grandpa's 50-year-old clubs. Adequate clubs are an expense - but a necessity.
And yet, Tiger knows that those who truly believe can truly become. They need just a teensy-weensy little bit of help.
'As far as tangible things, it's hard to say,' says Woods, honestly. 'There's so many different little things that have occurred.
'But from a selfish standpoint, I've been enriched by it. I've been able to meet some of the greatest kids in the world, and I've gotten to know them and experience what they have to offer the world. I mean, that's just absolutely incredible.
'Some of the kids are in hospitals and have cancer and have been fighting it and are going to die. It gives you a whole new perspective and meaning on it, and it makes you step back and realize what you have in life and what you can give back to other people who are in similar situations as those kids are.'
Some people are sitters, some are doers. Tiger Woods is one of the doers. What he does truly makes as impact.
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Garcia leads as Valderrama Masters extends to Monday

By Will GrayOctober 21, 2021, 3:52 pm

Weather continues to be the enemy at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where Sergio Garcia remains in front as the tournament heads for a Monday finish.

European Tour officials had already ceded the fact that 72 holes would not be completed this week in Spain, but players were not even able to finish 54 holes before another set of thunderstorms rolled in Sunday afternoon to once again halt play. Garcia remains in front at 10 under, having played seven holes of the third round in even par, while Lee Westwood is alone in second at 7 under.

Officials had previously stated an intention to play at least 54 holes, even if that meant extending the tournament to Monday, given that this is the final chance for many players to earn Race to Dubai points in an effort to secure European Tour cards for 2019. Next week's WGC-HSBC Champions will be the final event of the regular season, followed by a three-event final series.

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Garcia, who won the tournament last year, started the third round with a four-shot lead over Ashley Chesters. He balanced one birdie with one bogey and remains in position for his first worldwide victory since the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in January.

Westwood, who has his son Sam on the bag this week, made the biggest charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first eight holes. He'll have 10 holes to go when play resumes at 9:10 a.m. local time Monday as he looks to win for the first time since the 2015 Indonesian Masters.

Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied for third at 6 under, four shots behind Garcia with 10 holes to play, while Chesters made two double bogeys over his first four holes to drop into a tie for sixth.

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Spieth drops out of top 10 for first time since 2014

By Will GrayOctober 22, 2018, 2:08 pm

As Brooks Koepka ascended to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, a former No. 1 continued a notable decline.

Jordan Spieth didn't play last week's CJ Cup, where Koepka won by four shots. But Jason Day did, and his T-5 finish in South Korea moved him up two spots from No. 12 to No. 10 in the latest rankings. Spieth dropped from 10th to 11th, marking the first time that he has been outside the top 10 in the world rankings since November 2014.

Since that time, he has won 12 times around the world, including three majors, while spending 26 weeks as world No. 1. But he hasn't won a tournament since The Open last July, and this year he missed the Tour Championship for the first time in his career. Spieth is expected to make his season debut next week in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Koepka and Day were the only movers among the top 10 on a week that saw many top players remain in place. Sergio Garcia's rain-delayed win at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters moved him up four spots to No. 27, while Gary Woodland went from 38th to 30th after finishing second behind Koepka on Jeju Island.

Koepka will tee off as world No. 1 for the first time this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, where new No. 2 Dustin Johnson will look to regain the top spot. Justin Rose is now third in the world, with Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Day rounding out the top 10.

With his next competitive start unknown, Tiger Woods remained 13th in the world for the fifth straight week.

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Pavin's season nearly ends after slow-play penalty

By Will GrayOctober 22, 2018, 1:50 pm

Corey Pavin's season on the PGA Tour Champions nearly came to an end because of a slow-play penalty.

Penalties for pace are often discussed or threatened, but rarely doled out on either the PGA Tour or the over-50 circuit. But that changed Sunday during the final round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, where Pavin was told by a rules official after completing his round that he would receive a 1-stroke penalty for slow play.

The penalty was on the surface rather harmless, turning an even-par 72 into a 1-over 73 and dropping Pavin into a tie for 15th. But this was the first event of a three-tournament postseason for PGA Tour Champions players, and only the top 54 in points advanced to this week's Invesco QQQ Championship.

Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Pavin, who has two top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season, barely held on at 53rd place after the penalty was enforced.

Slow-play discussions came up earlier this season surrounding Bernhard Langer at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, but Golf Channel analyst Lanny Wadkins expressed his surprise on the telecast that it was Pavin who got a shot added to his score.

"Of all the things to happen with all the times I have played - I can't even count the number of rounds - I never thought Corey Pavin was a slow player," Wadkins said. "All the guys we know are slow players have never been penalized out here. Where has this been for the last 15 years?"

The subject of the penalty also raised an eyebrow from Stephen Ames, who finished alongside Pavin in 15th place while Langer finished second behind Woody Austin:

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Azinger 'lobbied' to captain Ryder Cup team a second time

By Rex HoggardOctober 22, 2018, 1:47 pm

In 2008, Paul Azinger became the first U.S. Ryder Cup captain in nearly a decade to lead a team to victory, doing so at Valhalla with his innovative “pod” system and a player-driven approach to leadership.

In the wake of that victory there were many, including the vast majority of his players, who said Azinger deserved a second chance to captain, but at the time the 12-time PGA Tour winner appeared to be undecided and the PGA of America named Corey Pavin the 2010 captain.

On Monday, Azinger was named NBC Sports/Golf Channel’s lead analyst starting next year and among many revelations during an extended interview on “Morning Drive” he explained how much he wanted a second chance to captain.

“I wanted to do it again, I lobbied to do it again after we won in ’08, but I think I waited a little too long and they had already made a decision,” Azinger said. “The excuse I got was that there are more captains than there are Ryder Cups and I thought that was fair, but then they asked [Tom] Watson to do it again shortly afterward and I was like, ‘What, huh?’”

Watson was named captain of the 2014 U.S. team, which lost by five points and led to the creation of the Ryder Cup task force, which adopted many of Azinger’s ideas including his use of four-player pods.

It’s even more curious that Azinger was never given a second chance considering that Davis Love III was also named a captain twice, first in 2012 and again in ’16.

“I didn’t do it again, I didn’t carry the flag to Europe in 2010, which is fine, and now I’m never going to get to do it again,” he said.

As for who may be named the next U.S. captain after another loss to the Europeans last month in France Azinger could only speculate. “Looks like Wisconsin [site of the 2020 matches at Whistling Straits] and Steve Stricker are going to be a perfect match,” he said.