TUESDAY  | APRIL 16, 2019
by John Hawkins

Amid the euphoria, hyperbole and deification of a man whom so many have felt qualified to demonize over the last 10 years, Tiger Woods reigns supreme once again. The comeback is complete, no matter where the road of resurgence leads from here. Woods’ 15th major title means the climb up Mount Nicklaus has resumed after a lengthy hiatus, and a look at the upcoming major sites suggests that Jack’s all-time record of 18 such victories suddenly seems quite attainable.

The primary goal here isn’t to predict the future, but to reflect on the past in an attempt to reconcile the here and now. Woods’ fifth Masters triumph this past weekend obviously generated enormous public approval, and for many reasons (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). The implication that “this is what everybody wanted,” however, is to ignore the feelings of many serious golf fans unwilling simply to forgive and forget Tiger’s myriad transgressions on and off the course for much of his career.

 



by Alex Miceli

Now that the spring rite of awarding the green jacket has concluded, Augusta National Golf Club can go about its other major business: acquiring real estate.

For years, Augusta National has been the largest acquirer of land in a city whose claim to fame is a week in April when the entire golfing world focuses on the year’s first major championship. During the other 51 weeks of the year, the city and Augusta National focus on preparing for Masters week.

 


Woods’ comeback falls short of Hogan’s
The golf world rightly is all abuzz about Tiger Woods’ comeback from physical and personal issues to win the Masters on Sunday (“Woods pads legend with ‘greatest victory’,” April 15). But, is it the greatest comeback ever? Although there is no objective way to compare performances over several generations, time does fade memories.

How about Ben Hogan’s comeback? In 1949, he suffered serious injuries in an accident when his car was hit by a bus. Like Woods, Hogan recovered, and he also won again. There are some differences between Hogan’s comeback and Woods’. Hogan almost died. His injuries were not self-inflicted. He won six majors after his accident.

 


Announced: By President Donald Trump, that he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods, who won the Masters Tournament on Sunday. Trump, an avid golfer and prominent course owner, said via Twitter that he spoke with Woods and congratulated him for his victory and “incredible comeback.”

 


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Position in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings for Tiger Woods, who improved from fifth place after his victory Sunday in the Masters Tournament.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., will host the American Junior Golf Association’s Ping Heather Farr Classic on April 19-21. The 54-hole tournament will feature 132 juniors in boys and girls divisions.

 

Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minn., has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest category. The club features two Jeffrey Brauer-designed courses: The Quarry and The Legend.

 

Pound Ridge (N.Y.) Golf Club has appointed Brad Worthington as director of instruction, the club announced. Worthington, the 2016 professional of the year in the PGA of America’s Metropolitan Section, had been director of golf at Trump Golf Links in New York and head professional at other clubs in the area.

 

St. Johns Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Fla., will undergo a $2.5 million clubhouse renovation and expansion. The project is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

 

White Deer Golf Complex in Williamsport, Pa., has been honored by Billy Casper Golf as the management company’s Northeast Regional Facility of the Year. The recognition was made during Billy Casper Golf’s 30th-anniversary celebration last month in Kissimmee, Fla.

 

Carr Golf has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the Best Golf Tour Operators category for a fourth consecutive year. Carr Golf, based in Dublin, Ireland, specializes in trips to Ireland, England and Scotland.

 

Royal Albartross has launched The Runway, a women’s golf shoe that is designed for wear on and off of the golf course. The British footwear brand has priced the slip-on, flat shoe at $199.

 


CALENDAR
April 17-20
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 18-21
Web.com Tour: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship

RTJ Capitol Hill (Senator), Prattville, Ala.

PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Junior boys: Sage Valley Junior Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 19-21
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.


      
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