by Steve Elling

Despite record purses, a multitude of young stars and fairly solid TV ratings throughout the professional game, the Hero World Challenge served to emphatically underscore the notion that nobody moves the needle like Tiger Woods.

In fact, in many respects, he is the needle.

After infrequent play during recent injury-ravaged years on the PGA Tour, Woods resurfaced as the host of the unofficial, limited-field event in the Bahamian sun this week, his presence triggering a public temblor that turned into a tsunami. 


A closer look at Woods’ record

Although I can appreciate much of what the author wrote, please remind him of one number: 36 (“Woods influences young Tour stars,” Nov. 30).

Thirty-six is the number of players whom Tiger Woods beat in six consecutive U.S. Golf Association events, in six consecutive years. Mind you, he locally qualified for the first U.S. Junior and was exempt from further local qualifying because he was the defending champion in two subsequent Juniors and exempt into the Amateur. Each year he did have to qualify through stroke play into one of the low 64 players, so he beat at least 90 more every year as well. Match play ensued; 64 becomes 32, becomes 16, becomes eight, becomes four, becomes two, and he wins. Again. Six straight years without ever having an “off” day. No growth spurt got in the way. Acne. Mono. Nothing.




Number of strokes by which England’s Tommy Fleetwood leads after the first round Thursday of the Hero World Challenge. Fleetwood, 26, the recent European Tour Race to Dubai season winner who is in his first season on the PGA Tour, shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 at Albany Golf Club in New Providence, Bahamas. The 18-man unofficial PGA Tour event, which includes eight of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, is highlighted by the competitive return of Tiger Woods, who shot 69. Americans Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar were tied for second at 67.



Big Max intends to expand its line of golf bags and push carts from Europe into the U.S. market, the Austrian company announced. Big Max plans to introduce its Waterproof Aqua series and Water Resistant Dri Lite series among its five product lines at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.


K-Motion Interactive released its K-Vest 7.8, the latest software for its wearable athletic measurement and training devices for golf and other instructors. The update is the first 3D measurement and training software that allows instructors to capture, compare and analyze every swing during a lesson, according to K-Motion.


Whistling Rock Country Club in Chuncheon, South Korea, has been ranked 95th on the Top 100 Golf and Country Clubs worldwide for 2018-19 by Platinum Clubs of the World. Whistling Rock is a private, 27-hole club that opened in 2011.


Knollwood Country Club in Elmsford, N.Y., recently hosted the Hope and Heroes Fundraising Dinner for the Columbia University Medical Center and presented an $85,000 check for research and care of pediatric cancer and blood disorders.


Sea Pines Country Club was recognized as a top performer on America’s Healthiest Club’s Health Report, the Hilton Head Island, S.C., club reported. Sea Pines scored 88 percent in an evaluation of seven club categories: strategy, membership, fitness, food and beverage, golf, tennis and human resources.


Steve Hendren has been appointed president of Galvin Green USA, the golf clothier announced. Hendren comes to Galvin Green from Nike Golf, where he had been director of strategic accounts.


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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