by Alex Miceli

So, the winner of the Tiger Woods sweepstakes was announced Thursday, with the Farmers Insurance Open getting the nod as Woods returns to competitive golf after his fourth back surgery.

Yes, I’m ignoring the hit-and-giggle event in the Bahamas last month, with its limited 18-player field. The Jan. 25-28 FIO at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., will be Woods’ first official start in nearly a year.


Every tournament matters

Every PGA Tour tournament is “meaningful” for all players entered in the event, certainly for the player who emerges as the winner, especially a first-time winner (“Some dates worth circling this golf season,” Jan. 4).

No trophy is “inconsequential” for players, some of whom may spend an entire career without success in quest of just one.

Golf writers and commentators focus too much on the major championships and the superstars of the game, forgetting that golf now is a game played just about everywhere in the world.



First-round score, 6 under par, for leader Marc Leishman in the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Thursday. Leishman, 34, of Australia, made eight birdies – including four in a row, on Nos. 7-10 – against two bogeys on Kapalua (Hawaii) Resort’s Plantation Course on Maui island. Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas shot 68s.


Appointed: By the Western Golf Association, Frank Morley, to a two-year term as chairman. Among the duties for Morley, who served two years as vice chairman of the Golf, Ill.-based association, will be to lead the WGA’s Evans Scholars Program. He is a former tournament chairman of the BMW Championship.



Reynolds Lake Oconee is offering a round of golf with PGA Tour winner Stewart Cink, the resort in Greensboro, Ga., announced. The grand prize in the “Reynolds 360 with Stewart Cink” sweepstakes, which runs Jan. 4 through March 8, includes two rounds of golf, accommodations at the Ritz-Carlton on April 7-11, meals, airfare, ground transportation and more. Entry information is available at


The 11th annual National Golf Day will be held April 25 on Capitol Hill in Washington, according to We Are Golf, a coalition of the game’s top associations and industry leaders. The initiative promotes the game’s economic impact and health benefits to government leaders.


Puma Golf introduced its Aloha Collection, a Hawaii-inspired line of apparel, accessories and footwear, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company announced. Rickie Fowler will be wearing the clothing line this week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui.


Casa de Campo Resorts and Villas features golf villas for a winter getaway at the home of Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog course in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Prices start at $439 per person, per night in villas ranging from three to 11 bedrooms at the 7,500-acre Caribbean resort, which includes two other Dye courses: Dye Fore and The Links.


Nick Faldo, a six-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member, will play in the Diamond Resorts Invitational next week, organizers announced. The celebrity event, which includes players from the LPGA and Champions tours, will be held Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Fla.


January 3-6
Women’s amateur: Harder Hall Women’s Invitational
Harder Hall GC, Sebring, Fla.
January 4-7
PGA Tour: Sentry Tournament of Champions
Kapalua Resort (Plantation), Kapalua, Hawaii
Men’s amateur: New Year’s Invitational
St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC
January 10-13
Women’s amateur: South Atlantic Amateur
Oceanside CC, Ormond Beach, Fla.
January 11-14
PGA Tour: Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC, Honolulu
European Tour: BMW SA Open
Glendower GC, Ekurhuleni, South Africa
January 12-14
European Tour: EurAsia Cup
Glenmarie GC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Celebrity: Diamond Resorts Invitational
Tranquilo GC at Four Seasons Resort, Orlando, Fla.

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