by Alex Miceli

A vintage Tiger Woods press conference normally would consist of a lot of words but little meat for the media, who often left the interview room shaking their heads.

On Tuesday at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas, site of this week’s Hero World Challenge, Woods presented a sympathetic figure as he talked about his return to competition after a difficult year. It was the most human and insightful he has been in a two-decade career of 79 PGA Tour victories, including 14 major championships.


by Alex Miceli

One in a series of stories about the participants at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

Basements are the incubators of many great ideas. was started in my basement in the early 1990s and eventually moved to my neighbor’s basement before finally landing in real office space.

In talking with Todd Bishop, one of the owners of Dormie Golf Workshop, a 3-year-old company that makes custom-designed leather headcovers, I was reminded of those days with a programmer and dog in the basement.


2 sets of rules makes sense

All hail, Mike Purkey! All hail, Geoff Ogilvy! Voices of reason in the bifurcation debate (“It’s time for golf to create 2 sets of rules,” Nov. 28).

Mike Davis, the executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, is alone on an island. I, too, would like to see where these extra maintenance costs for these "championship" courses is.




Odds for Tiger Woods to win this week’s Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas. The other competitors in the elite 18-man field, an unofficial PGA Tour event, are favored by oddsmakers ahead of Woods, 41, who is making his first competitive appearance since early February, after a fourth back operation and a DUI incident (“Woods needs help, and his life might depend on it,” May 31; “Next comes the hard part for Woods,” Oct. 31).



Four Seasons Resort Lanai offers its “Picnic Under the Stars” experience for a celestial adventure on a Hawaiian island unspoiled by light pollution. The package includes a selection of desserts from Four Seasons chefs and a half-bottle of prosecco to toast a star. “Picnic Under the Stars” can be booked before arrival or through in-room dining at the resort.


Tiger Woods will play the new Bridgestone Tour B XS golf ball this week at the Hero World Challenge, Bridgestone Golf announced. After testing, Woods switched from the company’s Tour B330-S model.


Provision Events has been retained by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to boost the fan experience at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in early February. Provision Events will install two golf simulators into the Wildshot bar, plus other activities.


Club Champion is offering a holiday discount on its club-fitting service. Golfers who books and complete their fittings by Jan. 31 will qualify for a 50-percent discount on a full-bag fitting or 33 percent off of any other club fitting. The purchase can be made at or by calling 888-340-7820.


Great Waters, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee, will undergo a total renovation starting in June, the Greensboro, Ga., resort announced. Nicklaus will provide personal input, and the work will be overseen by Chad Goetz of Nicklaus Design. The target date for completion will be fall 2019.


Keswick Hall Golf Club’s Full Cry course has risen five spots, to No. 38, in Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses list for 2018, the club in Charlottesville, Va., announced. The Pete Dye-designed course also is ranked fourth in the Golfweek and Golf Magazine Best Courses You Can Play lists in Virginia. The resort recently announced a major renovation of its Forbes Five-Star-rated 48-room hotel that will begin in early 2018.


Troon has been selected to manage Alpine Country Club in Highland, Utah, the course-management company announced. Alpine, with views of the Wasatch Mountains, is a 7,031-yard, par-72 course designed by William Neff Sr. and has hosted the Utah State Amateur eight times.


November 28 - December 1
Champions Tour: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
TPC Scottsdale (Champions), Scottsdale, Ariz.
November 29 - December 3
LPGA: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.
November 30 - December 3
European Tour: Australian PGA Championship
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
European Tour: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
PGA Tour: Hero World Challenge (unofficial event)
Albany Golf Club, New Providence, Bahamas

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