TUESDAY  | DECEMBER 5, 2017
by Julie Williams

Maddie McCrary found her first few minutes as a professional golfer to be tearful. She waited until the last possible second to trade in her amateur status – and a final semester of college golf – for conditional status on the LPGA tour, then broke down again Sunday when asked about leaving Oklahoma State to chase that LPGA dream.

“It was a hard decision, leaving my teammates,” McCrary said.

For a player such as McCrary at the final stage of LPGA Q-School, with limited professional experience but a desire to follow a dream held since age 5, it’s a Catch-22. This has been the college player’s plight for years. McCrary, understandably, entered Q-School here at LPGA International looking to set herself up with a place to play when she finishes her college career. But when she finished two shots short of a full card, in a tie for 30th, McCrary couldn’t turn down the conditional status. It felt like a better step toward her dream than returning to school for a handful of events. 

 



Keep an open mind about Woods

I couldn’t wait to read about Tiger Woods, his event and some insight on his own reactions and maybe some of his peers. I am looking forward to seeing him more and wondering about his potential scheduling based on his success.

What I got instead was a mixture of negative aspects of his career off the course and a fearful theory of why he shouldn’t be pushing too hard to get back on top (“Is Woods back? Yes, and get ready for more,” Dec. 4).

 


Disclosed: By PGA Tour player Morgan Hoffmann, that he has muscular dystrophy. Hoffmann, 28, said that he was diagnosed in November 2016 and revealed his situation Monday in a first-person story on The Players’ Tribune website. Muscular dystrophy is an incurable disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. Hoffmann, who is in his sixth season on Tour, intends to continue competing while raising money and awareness for MD research.

 



531

Number of spots that Tiger Woods climbed in Monday’s updated Official World Golf Ranking after he tied for ninth in the Hero World Challenge. The unofficial PGA Tour event, which awarded OWGR points, marked the first competition for Woods since he withdrew after one round from a European Tour event in Dubai in early February and then underwent spinal fusion surgery in April. He had fallen to No. 1,199 entering last week’s event and now stands at No. 668. Woods was No. 1 as recently as May 2014, after his five-victory season in 2013. He holds the record for most weeks at No. 1 in the 31-year history of the OWGR, with 683. The other big mover in the latest OWGR: Rickie Fowler. He jumped two spots, to seventh, after surging to a four-stroke victory in the Hero World Challenge. 

 


CALENDAR
December 7-10
European Tour: Joburg Open
Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
Web.com Tour: Qualifying Tournament Final Stage
Whirlwind GC, Chandler, Ariz.
December 8-10
Men’s pro: QBE Shootout
Tiburon GC (Gold), Naples, Fla.
December 14-17
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.

      
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