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Tiger Woods commits to Valspar Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational



Needing tournament reps and feeling well enough to get them in, Tiger Woods committed to next week’s Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational the following week.

The 42-year-old will tee it up four times in five weeks as he readies himself for Augusta National, where he last competed in 2015, tying for 17th.

The start at Bay Hill, where Woods has won eight times, was expected. Competing at Innisbrook, however, was a remote possibility. Recent murmurings, however, suggested Woods, keen for playing opportunities, could compete at the Copperhead Course.

Woods has never played the Valspar Championship, which has only been a full-field PGA Tour event since 2000, however he did tee it up at the venue for the mixed-team JCPenny Classic in 1996.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner competed most recently at the Honda Classic where he finished 12th, leading the field in proximity to the hole and placing third in driving distance. He missed the cut at the Genesis Open prior to that and tied for 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open in his first action of the year.

“The more golf I’m playing tournament-wise, the faster I’m able to click into the feel of the round,” Woods said at the Honda Classic, indicating his desire to be sharp for the first week in April.

Tournament organizers have been preparing for the longshot possibility that Woods could be in the field for weeks.

“We’re going into what we call Tiger Mode,” Hollis Cavner, the executive director of Pro Links Sports, which manages the event, said. “Everything changes when he comes. We’ll have to beef up security, increase busing, concessions. Now it’s a whole different game. That’s the effect he has.”

Per ESPN’s Bob Harig, tournament director Tracy West got word from Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, just ahead of Woods’ Twitter announcement. The tournament is adding 6,000 parking spots and expecting an increase of upwards of 15,000 spectators per day.

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  1. Mike Davis

    Mar 3, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I heard a rumor that they are going to roll the back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger will play a ball that is formulated from coconut fibers. They are sourced from the Galápagos Islands. Should be interesting.

  2. Teigrob’s Taint

    Mar 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Why so much hate? Can’t we all just get along. Party at Gerald’s house tonight. We can hit his Adams clubs from ‘02 on the launch monitor. He is playing playing a Distance Whip driver from the Golfworks.

  3. Larry The Lib

    Mar 3, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I now know why Tiger and Trump hang out and play golf together. They are both chasing the same tail!

  4. George

    Mar 3, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Here we go with the more reps garbage. Anything to make it sound more athletic.

  5. Teigrob's Taint

    Mar 2, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Everyone is so hard on Tiger, he is such a great role model for our youth. He could be doing really bad stuff instead of partying with porn stars in Vegas. Hell, everyone cheats on their wife and lies like its nothing. Leave the poor guy alone!

  6. Dr. Golea

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Tiger has that pep in his step again. Blood spinning really works. You wrxer’s should try it!

  7. sid

    Mar 2, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    If we didn’t have Tiger to gossip about this website would go dormant… 😮

  8. Rob

    Mar 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Yeah but he doesn’t move the needle anymore…??? Hahaha

  9. Dat 1 Guy on XM 45

    Mar 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Here we go again. Poor Arnie is rolling over in his grave. Hide your daughters!

    • Realist

      Mar 2, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Yep, because no one has ever messed up in their life. It appears he’s over it… you should move on too.

  10. Chuckster

    Mar 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Yeah, more reps! That’s what my urologist said.

  11. dat

    Mar 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    This is exactly what he needs and what golf needs. Go TW!

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Grow the game: Women’s Golf Day is back for 2018



Women’s Golf Day wants to make 2018, its third annual event, the biggest and best yet. WGD is hoping golfers, male and female alike, will encourage their home courses to get involved and host an event.

Women’s Golf Day is a one-day event that utilizes the combination of golf. and the unique socialization opportunities it affords, to introduce women and girls to the game of golf.

The 2018 edition of WGD will take place June 5, as announced by Annika Sorenstam at the PGA Show in Orlando.
Since the inaugural WGD in 2016, the event has grown from 485 locations in 28 countries to 711 locations in 46 countries last year

“Women love to share their interests with their friends and family which is why we are encouraging existing golfers to encourage their Clubs to get involved. The feedback we receive from participating facilities is really positive because Women’s Golf Day gives them the tools to reach potential new female golfers in a really effective way,” explains WGD Founder Elisa Gaudet.

Information about Women’s Golf Day sign up and location registration can be found here.

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Tony Romo cards opening-round 77 in first PGA Tour start



Tony Romo shot a 5-over 77 at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback bogeyed the par-4 13th. He double bogeyed the par-5 14th. He bogeyed 15. He bogeyed 16. That’s 5 over in a four hole stretch.

If you’re tallying at home, however, you realize Romo was even par for the rest of his round. Indeed, after opening with back-to-back bogeys, he birdied the fourth and fifth holes to get back to even par. He was even through 12 holes, in fact. All of which is pretty good for a scratch-golfing former football player.

Here’s a long putt for par from Romo at the sixth.

Talking about his poor back-nine play, particularly wayward tee shots at the 15th and 16th holes, Romo said.

“I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn’t commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you’re just trying to make par. I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week.”

“I really hit some good shots, and I’m close. I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that’s golf.”

Romo teed it up as an amateur partner at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. He competed in the Western Amateur last spring, missing the 36-hole cut. He has thrice tried his hand at qualifying for the U.S. Open and most recently teed it up in a North Texas PGA Players Tour event earlier this month, where he withdrew during the second round having posted an opening-round 81.

Romo tees off for his second round at 1 p.m. ET Friday.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play



GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

Like all WGC events, the best golfers in the world are in the field, so we’re capturing plenty of interesting shots of the biggest names in the game (and what they’re playing). From Tuesday’s preparations, we have one general gallery, a look in the bags of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, among others, Jason Day’s new Nikes, and an in-hand look at Rory McIlroy’s new flatstick.

Check out a curation of some of the most interesting shots from Tuesday in Texas.

Kevin Chappell’s giraffe headcover is a member of Arnie’s Army

Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm’s Hi-Toe wedge

Phil Mickelson’s PM Grind 2.0. Is a sequel coming to retail?

Jason Day’s new Nikes. Love ’em or hate ’em?

Dustin Johnson’s putter cover is an homage to his father-in-law-to-be

Pat Perez’s bag is singularly murdered out

Rory McIlroy’s new TaylorMade Soto putter/magic wand

Alexander Levy eschews last-name stamping for first name (just like the owner of the putter above)

Phil Mickelson’s Rogue Sub Zero looks like it has some extra weight at the bore thru point

Branden Grace with Odyssey’s Open Championship putter cover from last year

Check out all our photos from Tuesday below!

Tuesday’s Photos

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums

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