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Tiger Woods has registered for the U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods has registered for the June 16-19 U.S. Open at Oakmont, per Alex Miceli of GolfweekMiceli wrote:

“To participate in the 116th edition June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club, [Woods] needed to register by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Woods registered at 4:33 p.m. April 4,” the U.S. Golf Association said.

Speculation as to Woods’ return date has been carried on in earnest following his appearance at a junior clinic last week in which he was seen comfortably hitting drivers in excess of 300 yards, as well as hitting a variety of shot shapes with the rest of the clubs in his bag with ease.

One would have to imagine that if Woods is going to compete in the season’s second major, he’d like to have at least one start under his belt before that time. With that in mind, it seems likely that Woods will at least play the June 2-5 Memorial Tournament, however, Team Tiger remains mum on any timeline for the star’s return.

Woods hasn’t appeared in a PGA Tour event since last year’s Wyndham Championship, where he finished tied for 10th. The last time Woods pegged it in a U.S. Open at Oakmont, 2007, Woods finished tied for second behind Angel Cabrera.

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  1. CT

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    He’s not going to play, although I wish he would

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      He needs to shut it down until 2017 or maybe 2018 to make sure his back heals. What is he rank now? 1200th in the world? I liked the guy but his new swing is not good. He needs to go back to Hank. Oakmont is not a good place for a journeyman to make his re-debut.

      Johnny Miller still owns Oakmont.

  2. West D

    Apr 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I would like to see Tiger become successful in tournament golf again. He has three surgeries of recency, and it be a good end of career legacy to retire on. Ben Hogan won almost all of his majors after the car wreck, people still buy his book, Callaway has not done justice to the Hogan or Apex brand. Callaway, find the old forging stamps for the Apex II, rejigger the lofts to match todays specs and find a segment of golfers who have had to go to Mizuno, Miura, Honma.

    • NLB

      Apr 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Callaway: #1 Irons in Golf.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Ben Hogan could barely walk and he did not complain. He manned up. What he did after that nightmarish accident, no golfer has ever done that.

      Hogan was amazing and a gentleman too. If any of his clubs were bad, he destroyed them instead of shipping them.

  3. ooffa

    Apr 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Ok odds.
    3 to 1 he lets go of a club in his forswing.
    1 to 2 he grimaces after every shot that is not perfect.
    7 to 4 he quits
    8 to 5 makes the cut
    1 to 10000000 he will dominate the TV and the news.

    • eva

      Apr 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      “1 to 10000000 he will dominate the TV and the news.”

      I’ll take it, easiest dollar I’ll ever make.

  4. Insider

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Probably will play jack’s tournament as a warm up, maybe the players?

  5. Chuck D

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wake me when Eldrick’s in contention for a major, let alone a tournament.

    • Jordan

      Apr 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      How many majors have you won?

      must be a few to warrant a wake up call

  6. BOBBY D

    Apr 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    WHO CARES….

    • eva

      Apr 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      you do, your reply speaks for itself, you may not like him, but you care

  7. MRC

    Apr 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Welcome back Tiger!
    Smizzle…You’re a kook.

  8. Steven Bremer

    Apr 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I am by no means a fan but I hope he can at least make it back and play competitively. I have also heard he may play at the Wells Fargo the first full weekend of May.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      His swing still has issues. maybe Butch or Hank can help. Ledbetter could help, he has done wonders for Wie.
      Tiger’s body is not healthy enough to play the modern game anymore. The young guys like Spieth, DeChambeau and others are too good.

  9. :-u

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    What an idiot

  10. alexdub

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Good on ya Tiger. I’m not rooting for him to break Jack’s record or to dominate the game of golf again—I’m rooting for him to defy the odds and have one last bite at the apple. I’m rooting for him to fall in love with the game of golf again.

  11. Ben Alberstadt

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    ICYWW: Although Woods registered more than 20 days ago, that information only just became available to the media, hence Miceli’s report.

    • Pheel

      Apr 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Actually, on the USGA website you can lookup “entrant”. Someone did a couple of weeks ago and posted a pic on Twitter.

  12. slider

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:57 am

    lets go tiger

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Tour Rundown: Magical stuff on three tours

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Something happened this weekend. Something quite large in the world of professional sport. An athlete with a hearing impediment claimed victory on the world’s stage. Diksha Dagar, former world deaf championship winner and silver medalist in Deaflympics golf, chased down a victory on the Ladies European Tour. In this writer’s mind, the winners of the Players Championship and the Kenya Open, while deserving of praise, take a rightful backseat to a standard bearer.

Ladies European Tour – South African Open goes to Indonesia’s Diksha Dagar

Diksha began the week with a double bogey, and closed it with a trophy in hand. Not the traditional manner of claiming a first, major professional victory, but certainly one for a unique record book. The young Indonesian golfer totaled 76 that first day, but dropped 10 strokes on day two with 66, sitting just two behind the leader. Her only trouble was, the leader was home-country pro Lee-Anne Pace, in search of a 10th Euro Tour win, and first in five years.

On day three, Pace looked every bit a champion, and Dagar, equal parts runner-up. Scotland’s Michele Thomson and Germany’s Esther Henseleit were in the mix as well, ultimately tying for thrid spot at 3 under. As for the challengers? Pace stumbled with bogeys at 13 and 17, to finish at 4 under on the week. Dagar, in Pace’s words, played flawless golf and closed with birdies at 15 and 16, the later on a holed chip shot, to reach 5 under and claim victory. On this occasion, flawless was the diamond.

PGA Tour – The Players Championship has fitting champion on St. Patrick’s Day

At 2:20 EST, 18 golfers were within 2 shots of the lead at TPC Sawgrass. The leaders were in the throes of McIlrahmoid Fever, that wretched illness that strikes most golfers when much is on the line. Even thought it’s not an official major, the Players has every trapping of that august status: a course waiting to bite you on every shot, money, exempt status, peer respect, and P-R-E-S-S-U-R-E. In the end, only four golfers were within two shots of the lead, and two of them didn’t figure until late. Confused? Understandable.

In a nutshell: Jim Furyk made a run for the old guys, but came up one stroke shy. Jon Rahm hoped to claim that first big win of his professional career, but a wretched closing stretch did him in. Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day, Brian Harman and others all tap-danced their way into, then out, of contention. In the end, it was the leprechaun himself, Rory McIlroy, who recovered from an early double bogey with 33 on the inward half, to raise the trophy of many faces. McIlroy, birdied 11, 12, 15 and 16 on his way to 16-under par. The title certainly cements him as a potential favorite to finish the career grand slam next month at Augusta.

European Tour – Magical Kenya Open ends up in the hands of Migliozzi

Don’t think that others didn’t try to claim the 2019 Magical Kenya Open trophy. The statue of the strutting rhinoceros would make other baubles pale in comparison. The final nine holes of this year’s event were as compelling as the majestic beast whose visage went home with Guido Migliozzi. The first-time champion on the European Tour took the lead early on Sunday, lost it, then found it again with a run of six pars to the finish. His birdies on 10 and 12 were enough to reclaim the top spot, and pars held his space atop the podium.

Last week’s winner, Justin Harding of South Africa, made four birdies and an eagle from holes 10 to 18. It was his unfortunate bogey at lucky No. 13 that kept him one shot behind the Italian. Countryman Louis De Jager also reached 15 under, closing with seven frustrating pars, while in search of the elusive bird to reach 16 under or better. Spaniard Adri Arnaus jumped into the lead with three mid-round birdies, but gave it back with bogey at the par-5 12th. One more birdie coming home was just enough to join the tie for second with the South Africans.

 

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Tiger Woods working with putting coach Matt Killen at The Players

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Tiger Woods says he is fit and healthy ahead of this week’s Players Championship, and the 14-time major champion has putting coach Matt Killen alongside him at TPC Sawgrass as he seeks his third title at the event.

Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte broke the news on social media, and the move represents the first time Woods has had an instructor of any type since his split with Chris Como in 2017.

Woods struggled with the flat-stick at his last outing at the WGC-Mexico, where he three-putted six times. That event represented the first time that Woods has lost strokes to the field on the greens at a tournament since the Northern Trust back in August, and over his previous 24 rounds, the 43-year-old ranks 42nd in this week’s field for strokes gained putting.

Killen currently works with Justin Thomas, J.B. Holmes, Bud Cauley and Blayne Barber, and speaking to Golf Digest, the putting instructor stated on Monday that he likes what he sees in Woods’ stroke.

“His stroke looked good. His putting is better. I like what I see.”

Woods tees off on Thursday at 1.27 pm ET alongside Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed.

 

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Francesco Molinari joins Callaway tour staff; WITB details

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Callaway Golf has announced that the 2018 Open Champion, Francesco Molinari, has joined its tour professional staff.

Molinari will make his debut on the PGA Tour as a Callaway staffer this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he will game Callaway woods, irons, wedges, an Odyssey Putter, and a Chrome Soft Golf Ball, as well as a Callaway Staff Bag.

Regarding the announcement, the Italian had this to say

“I am joining Callaway because I’m so impressed by their equipment. More than anything, I’m looking forward to playing the new Epic Flash Driver and the Chrome Soft X Golf Ball. The ball speed gains that I’m getting from the driver are unbelievable. And this golf ball is the best one that I’ve ever played. The performance from tee-to-green, especially the feel and control, is exactly what I want.”

Speaking on the announcement, Callaway Senior VP of Global Sports marketing, Tim Reed stated

“We’re proud to welcome Francesco as our newest Callaway Staff Professional. We’re confident that he will play at an even higher level and enjoy many more great wins with Callaway equipment. He’s added ball speed off the driver with Flash Face Technology, and his performance on approach shots and around the greens has been spectacular with his new Callaway irons, wedges, and our Chrome Soft Ball.”

Currently in the Italian’s bag is an Odyssey Toulon Madison Putter which features a new Stroke Lab Shaft. Speaking on the putter which Molinari is presently using, Sean Toulon, SVP, Callaway Golf & GM, Odyssey Brand, said

“Francesco is a tremendous putter, and he really likes the milled performance he’s seeing from the Madison. And with the Stroke Lab Shaft he’s getting more consistency in the rhythm and the tempo of his stroke. It’s a combination that’s going to help him have a lot of success and make of a lot of big putts.”

Francesco Molinari WITB 2019

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 60 TX

Fairway wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei White 70 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex 19 (4-iron), Apex MB 18 Irons (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold X 100

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Madison Stroke Lab

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

 

 

 

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