Tiger Woods’ season isn’t quite yet finished, as on Thursday the PNC Championship announced that the 15-time major champ would team up with 11-year-old son Charlie for the father-son event.
The PNC Championship is a tournament that began in 1995 which pairs major champions with their sons and will take place from Dec. 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando in central Florida.
The Associated Press first reported the news, and speaking on pairing up with Charlie for the event, Tiger said
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be playing with Charlie in our first official tournament together. It’s been great watching him progress as a junior golfer, and it will be incredible playing as a team together in the PNC Championship.”
Justin Thomas will also compete in the championship with his father, as well as John Daly, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Lee Trevino and Gary Player.
The event features a 20-team field in a 36-hole scramble format and will be televised on NBC.
Brooks Koepka to face Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy in $250k charity match
In a wild sequence of events last night, Brooks Koepka has decided to take on Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy in a $250k charity match with the 4-time major champ agreeing to play left-handed.
The two traded some friendly banter/trash talk on Twitter to begin before things escalated quickly, with BK making the claim he could beat Portnoy left-handed before he accepted the quick challenge from the Barstool Sports President.
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) April 22, 2021
Koepka will play for his charity foundation, while Portnoy will play for the Barstool Fund, the latter of which has raised almost $40 million to help save small businesses in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
No date or venue has yet been decided, but Portnoy has already made it clear that Frankie Borelli, a member of the Fore Play podcast, will be on his bag.
“Blake Koepka is good at golf. I was actually the first one to say that. But in general golfers are mentally weak. I am a mental Armageddon. Very different ball game.” – Dave Portnoy
Adam Scott joins Dustin Johnson in snubbing Tokyo Olympics
Adam Scott is the latest player to opt-out of the Tokyo Olympics, with the games not fitting into the Aussie’s schedule, per Scott’s manager.
Speaking to GolfChannel, the Australian’s manager, Johan Elliot with Sportyard International, said
“With the world being the way it is, Adam is gone 4-5 weeks at a time this year during his playing blocks. With three young children at home, this time in the schedule will be devoted to family. It is pretty much the only time up until October when he has a chance to see them for a stretch of time and not only a few days/a week.”
The Olympic games fall two weeks after the Open Championship and one week before a WGC event. In 2016, Scott also skipped out of the event, citing schedule reasons and the outbreak of the Zika virus.
Scott follows in the footsteps of Dustin Johnson, who last month announced that he wouldn’t be partaking in the games due to a busy schedule and the travel requirements.
With Scott out of the picture, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman are the frontrunners to represent Australia at the games in Japan.
5-time LPGA major winner DQ’d after first round of LA Open
Yani Tseng has suffered another setback in her return to the LPGA Tour, with the 5-time major champion being disqualified after the first round of the LA Open.
The news was first reported by GolfDigest, with the 32-year-old who shot a ’round in the 80s’, neglecting to sign her card following another disappointing day on the course. In a text to the publication, an LPGA spokesperson said
“The error was found during the standard post-round scorecard review process, when it was discovered that she had neglected to sign her scorecard. Failure to certify hole scores is a breach of Rule 3.3b(2), which states it is the player’s responsibility to certify their scores.”
This marks the third occasion in the past five months that a player on the LPGA Tour has been DQ’d for failing to sign their scorecard.
As for Tseng, it’s been a sorry start to the year, with the 15-time winner on tour now yet to break 75 in a single round so far in 2021.
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