TUESDAY | OCTOBER 31, 2017
by Mike Purkey

Tiger Woods has made a career of pulling the blinds on the window to his health and personal life. On Monday, he announced that in six weeks, he’s going to allow the world to watch, comment and criticize what has to be his fragile golf game.

Woods will play in the Hero World Challenge on Nov. 30-Dec. 3, an 18-player event that benefits his foundation. Woods awarded himself one of the two sponsor’s exemptions into the event.

 



Raise expectations for pace of play

Your article on slow play is greatly appreciated. I hope all involved with golf recognize the danger that slow play presents to the game's popularity (“Juniors’ slow pace of play signals bad omen,” Oct. 30, http://bit.ly/2xAz93f).  

By way of example, my friends and I are willing to get up at 5 a.m. and drive 45 minutes each way on a Sunday to play our weekly round, with the hope and expectation that we will be back by 11 a.m. to spend the rest of the day with our non-golfing family members. If we get stuck behind a group of turtles and I'm late getting back, I hear about it from my wife, and it makes it that much more difficult to justify (and get a spousal permission slip for) the next time.

 


Keeping score

1,180

Official World Golf Ranking of Tiger Woods, who announced Monday that he will return to competition in the Hero World Challenge. The tournament, to be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas, is an 18-man unofficial event with world-ranking points and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods, 41, holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the OWGR, with 683, including a record 281 consecutive in 2005-10.



In the news

Rejoined: The European Tour, England’s Paul Casey, who hopes to return to Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the first time since 2008, The Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson reported. Casey, 40, had been playing the PGA Tour for the past three years and was not a member of his home tour. Casey, a 13-time winner on the European Tour who owns only one PGA Tour victory, hasn’t won since the 2014 KLM Open but has risen to No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking.



FROM THE INDUSTRY

GolfTec will offer one complimentary lesson Nov. 6-12 to anyone who first makes a donation to PGA Reach, the PGA of America’s charitable foundation. The suggested donation is $25; lessons are valued at $85. Signup is available at pgareach.org/golftec.

 

CALENDAR
November 2-5
LPGA: Toto Japan Classic
Taiheyo Club (Minori), Omitama City, Japan
PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas
European Tour: Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, Belek, Turkey

      
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