By Scott WalkerAugust 3, 2009, 7:34 pm

So much has been said about the effect that Tiger Woods would have on the next generation of minority golfers. For all the talk, there has been little effect on the professional level.

But, maybe we have just been impatient. After all, it took 20 years for Tiger Woods to become Tiger Woods, the world record-setter that we know now. Before that, he was simply a talented kid who played golf very well, went to school, and enjoyed a video game or two. Twenty years is a generation, and we have yet to see a full generation of children striving to accomplish what Woods has done since he said 'Hello World' in 1996.

But now, you are starting to see some families who are taking the lessons from Tiger's upbringing and applying them to the next generation of golfers. The perfect example of this phenomenon are Alex and Sumie Francois. This brother and sister from Vancouver, British Columbia have been world record-challengers, literally. Sumie recently won her age group at the Junior World Championships in San Diego, and Alex competes with older players to actually get competition. Both are happy, well-adjusted adolescents who firmly believe their teacher can help them become professional golfers like Tiger Woods.

Their teacher is their father, Joseph. He has never played a round of golf in his life. But, much like Richard Williams did for his daughters Serena and Venus, Joseph Francois is doing for his children. The Haitian-born Joseph taught himself two different languages, so why can't he teach his kids the game of golf, he says. The success of the kids shows he may be right. The personal sacrifices made by his wife and children show that the success will not come without a price.

Having spoken to Earl Woods regarding how he raised his son, the most misunderstood part of Tiger's upbringing seems to be the fact that Tiger wanted to go to great lengths to play golf. His father never forced him. Did Joseph Francois learn that lesson? Tune in to Golf In America, and we will let you decide.

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Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 10:19 pm

Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.

But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.

With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.

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Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time

By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.

In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.

His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.

“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”

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Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.

“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”

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DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 23, 2018, 9:20 pm

Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.

DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.

"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."

DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.

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Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 9:09 pm

In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.

With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.

The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher. 

The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.