by Mike Purkey

When Tiger Woods was a kid, he had a picture of Jack Nicklaus on his bedroom wall. It wasn’t that Jack was Tiger’s hero or role model. Tiger looked to his father, Earl, for that. 

The reason that Nicklaus’ was the last face Tiger saw before he closed his eyes at night was that Jack was the greatest player of all time, and if Tiger wanted to one day be the best, Nicklaus was the singular target.


Don’t expect Tiger circa 2000

My golf swing is the product of three back surgeries. I still play good golf but don’t hit it as far as I used to. I have made up for that by vast improvements in my short game from 50 yards in.

When your back gets cut, it gets repaired, but it is never whole again. Each time that happens, you lose a little more. I do not swing with the force that my muscles could apply because my spine cannot tolerate it. I am always unconsciously holding myself back a little bit to protect my spine. I’m more concerned about the 164 hours a week that I don’t play golf than the four that I do.




Hours of live coverage, from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. EST today, on Golf Channel of the first round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas, where Tiger Woods will be making his return to competition after a nearly 10-month absence. One-hour pregame and postgame shows will bracket the live golf. The schedule: Golf Central pre-game (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Round 1 live (12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) and Golf Central post-game (4:30-5:30 p.m.). Woods tees off at 12:05 p.m. with Justin Thomas (tee times:



Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is offering two “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog” stay-and-play golf packages. Prices start at $247 per person, per night through Dec. 21, 2018 for play on the Teeth of the Dog course plus the resort’s other Pete Dye designs, plus other amenities.


The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Fla., has been named one of five Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada Qualifying Tournament sites for 2018. The semi-private course will host 132 players on April 23-27.


Topgolf Entertainment Group has appointed Troy Warfield as president, with intentions to expand the golf and entertainment business globally and increase the number of driving ranges that license the company’s Toptracer Range technology. Warfield comes to Topgolf from British Airways and replaces Neil Allen, who will become an adviser.


Simon Zach, a University of Louisville junior from Prague, Czech Republic, won the recent Gobbler Amateur at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. Zach shot 69-70-70 for a 4-under 209 total and one-stroke victory over Tianlang Guan, an Arizona freshman from Guangzhou, China. The Gobbler Amateur is part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, which will conclude with the Saguaro Amateur on Jan. 1-4 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.


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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