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Tiger set to return to his beginnings on the big stage….

January 24, 2017

By Herschel Caldwell

Tiger Woods-photo by MGM
Tiger Woods-photo by MGM
After teasing the world he famously said “hello” to 21 years ago and a tepid effort to return to competitive play last fall, Tiger is set to open the curtain on the big stage of PGA Golf. Playing four events in five weeks will give the world an early and definitive view of his health both mental and physical.

One of his stops is a return to his hometown tournament in Los Angeles where he debuted his skills as a 16-year-old world-class amateur. Read more

Tiger Woods commits to Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club

January 18, 2017

Tiger Woods-photo MGM
Tiger Woods-photo MGM
Fansided Jan 18, 2017

Tiger Woods has committed to another tournament on the PGA Tour schedule. The Genesis Open at the famous Riviera Country Club. Will this be his toughest test in early 2017 before the Masters?

After making his return at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods looks to turn it up a notch. He has committed to playing in the Genesis Open at the legendary Riviera Country Club in 2017.

Riviera is one of the most famous courses in the world, and where Woods played in his first PGA Tour event. It’s also one of the few designs that is dangerous despite not having any water hazards.

“I’m very excited to come back to Riviera and compete in the Genesis Open,” Woods said according to Golf Digest. “This is where it all started for me. It was my first PGA TOUR event. I was 16 years old, I weighed about 105 pounds. It was a life-changing moment for me.”

Woods also looks likely to play in popular tournaments such as the Farmers Insurance Open at the picturesque Torrey Pines and the always fun Waste Management Phoenix Open. Not to remind anxious Woods fans but, Torrey Pines is where he won his last major championship in 2008.

The reason why the commitment to the Genesis Open is interesting is because, Woods’ foundation is the host of the event. Also, Riviera is probably the toughest test he will face early in the season.

Not to mention, it is one of the PGA Tour’s longtime stops and features one of the toughest holes in golf, the famed sixth hole with its bunker on the green. So, in short, if fans want to see a good test, then they’ll have it when Woods tees it up at the Genesis Open.

 

Tiger Woods, Hero World Challenge Dec,1-4

November 16, 2016

by Herschel Caldwell

Tiger Woods - photo MGM
Tiger Woods - photo MGM

November 16, 2016

Tiger Woods is included in the 18-man field for next month’s Hero World Challenge, lending further confirmation that he is on track to make his first competitive start in 16 months. Read more

Arnold Palmer, Golf Legend and Hall of Famer

September 30, 2016

Arnold Palmer-1929-2016
Arnold Palmer-1929-2016
by Michael Bamberger  (excerpt)

photo by Kaitlin Santanna Graphic

Arnold Palmer died Sunday September 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at age 87 The news was first reported by Golfweek.

Palmer led an American life that will never be duplicated, so rooted was it in a lost time and a place and the sui generis chemistry of the man. Read more

The legendary shoulders on which we stand and their stories.

February 3, 2016

Charlie Sifford shown here in unfinished legend series by Herschel Caldwell

Much has occurred in the golf industry over the past few years, we are witnessing a change of the guard by the presence of young guns represented by the play of Jordan Spieth, Rory McElroy, Jason Day and list goes on forever. Many of them have resulted in major impacts on the industry and individual lives. The editors of Minority Golf Magazine will publish a series of articles in the coming weeks reflecting on the above-mentioned stories and importantly, there will be a reflection on the golfing greats who have passed on recently. Their legacies remain and their impact on our sport should serve as a reminder of how fortunate we are to have known them.

At the head of the class was Charles “Charlie” Sifford.

By Herschel Caldwell

 When I was growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio in the late 50’s and early 60’s, Black golfers were relegated to playing at the few public courses available to them: Sharon Woods, Winton Woods, the Lunken Airport driving range and the regional “hub” of Black golf, Avon Field. While Avon was not very long or challenging compared to many of the newer public courses, it served as a magnet for some of the best Black players in the country, including Curtis Sifford, Jim and Chuck Thorpe, Ted Rhodes, James Black and Pete Brown. Many other great Black professionals, like Jimmy Woods, were well-qualified but never had a chance to play on the PGA tour. Young, minority players of the time could only marvel at the wealth of golf talent that graced these fairways in Cincinnati, and–by virtue of the “money” games–other local and regional courses such as Coffin in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Madden in Dayton, Ohio. Read more

A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES “CHARLIE” SIFFORD – 1923-2015

February 6, 2015

Charlie Sifford shown here in a work-in-progress painting of minority golf legends by Herschel Caldwell.

 

Sifford Illustration by Herschel Caldwell
Sifford Illustration by Herschel Caldwell


At the time I was growing up in the early 60’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, Black golfers were relegated to playing at the few public courses available to them: Sharon Woods, the Lunken Airport driving range, Winton Woods–and the regional “hub” of Black golf, Avon Field. While Avon was not very long or challenging (compared to many of the newer public courses), it served as a magnet for some of the best Black players in the country, including Jim and Chuck Thorpe, Curtis Sifford, Ted Rhodes, James Black and Pete Brown. Many other great Black professionals, like Jimmy Woods, were well-qualified but never had a chance to play on the PGA tour. Those of us minority players who were in our early 20s at the time, could only marvel at the wealth of golf talent that graced the fairways of Avon Field  and other local and regional courses like Coffin in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Madden in Dayton, Ohio–as well as others–by virtue of the “money” games. Read more

Augusta National does the right thing, finally, and now we can move on

January 8, 2015

This is old news but worth noting again as  golf moves into a new year attempting to gain participants from all corners of American society. This page will feature other ways of attracting new and keeping the old in the coming months. (ed.)      

 

By Michael Bamberger, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

Augusta National Billy Payne announced that the club will welcome two new female members.

Billy Payne improved August National today.

By accepting Condi Rice and Darla Moore, he made a move in keeping with the club’s traditions. He admitted two people who love golf and who are prominent in their fields and who are well known and well liked by the membership. There’s nothing exceptional about that. The club admits new members every fall.

But Billy parted with tradition here in two ways. First, for a club that always says membership practices are a private matter, he announced the two new members by way of press release. And the only reason he did that was because the two new members are women. Read more

Tiger Woods’ Bluejack National taking final shape

January 8, 2015

Tiger Woods’ Bluejack National is his first domestic course design

Tiger Woods-photo Bluejack Golf Club
Tiger Woods-photo Bluejack Golf Club

By Herschel Caldwell

MONTGOMERY, Texas — As many American golf luminaries were still stewing over the latest U.S. Ryder Cup failure, Tiger Woods was inspecting a muddy expanse about 40 minutes northwest of Houston, assessing progress on his first domestic course design, Bluejack National.

With pen, paper and tablet in hand on the hush-hush visit, Woods spent a day shaping the hilly layout, which will be part of a private family club development when it opens in the fall of 2015. Read more

Tiger Woods the golfer is poised for a comeback, and so is Tiger Woods the course designer.

January 8, 2015

by Joe Passov


Tiger Woods and Donald Trump
Tiger Woods and Donald Trump

Woods announced on his website Tuesday that he will team with Donald Trump to craft a new 18-hole championship course for Trump World Golf Club Dubai. The new course will be located within the 55 million square-foot master community of Akoya Oxygen, a Trump Organization/DAMAC Properties collaboration. Coincidence or not, the new course will be mostly located on the site of his aborted first design, Al Ruwaya, that was abandoned before completion in 2009. Read more

Charlie Sifford, First Black Tour Pro, to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 13, 2014

 By  Pete Madden, Senior Producer, Golf.com 

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 Illustration by Herschel Caldwel

Charlie Sifford, who became the first black player to earn his PGA Tour card in 1961, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Monday.

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