November 13, 2014
By Pete Madden, Senior Producer, Golf.com
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.
August 5, 2014
By Herschel CaldwellDecember 1994: Surgery on left knee to remove two benign tumors and scar tissue.
Dec. 13, 2002: Surgery on left knee to remove fluid inside and outside the ACL and remove benign cysts from his left knee. Misses the season opener in 2003.
August 2007: Ruptures the ACL in his left knee while running on a golf course after the British Open, but is able to keep playing. Wins five of the last six tournaments he plays, including the PGA Championship for his 13th major.
August 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Joe LaCava walked nearly every blade of grass on the 18th green at Valhalla Golf Club, jotting notes in his yardage book after stepping off the distances from every edge of the green to every possible pin position. It was just like any other Monday at a major.
The caddie just didn’t know whether any of this information would be useful in the PGA Championship. LaCava was awaiting word on whether his boss — Tiger Woods — would be healthy enough to play the final major of the year.
“I’m optimistic,” LaCava said after he finished charting the entire golf course. “I’m hoping he plays. So I’m just doing whatever work I would normally do.”
August 17, 2013
by Herschel Caldwell
Lizette Salas is proving she deserves to be on the big stage; The 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team. A captain’s pick, Salas played well enough to win her match on Friday partnered with Stacy Lewis. But they ran into a buzz saw European team of Anna Nordqvist and 17 year old phenom, Caroline Hedwall losing 4&2.
Salas has been a student of LPGA hall of famer and legend Nancy Lopez for nearly two years. “Sales is a brilliant golfers who has a very bright future on the LPGA, she is also grounded and has a great sense of history and the role she wishes to play.” Says Lopez. Her mom and dad walked inside the ropes up and down of a very hilly Colorado course beaming with pride. “She is our baby all grown up and we are very proud of her.” Says a smiling father.
Editor’s note: Minorities are not strangers to the elite field of golfers representing the United States in team competition. Nancy Lopez has served as a player with a stellar record and as a team captain. Calvin Peete was the first African American to represent the United States on the Ryder Cup team. Lezette Salas deservingly takes her place representing the United States and a very proud Latino community.
August 17, 2013
A statement from the LPGA
During the afternoon fourball match on Friday between Stacy Lewis/Lexi Thompson and Suzann Pettersen/Carlota Ciganda, Ciganda hit her second shot on the par 5 15th hole into the right-hand lateral water hazard. Read more
April 6, 2013
By JOHN NICHOLSON (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Lizette Salas thought like a major champion late in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Come Sunday, her wise decision Friday on Mission Hills’ par-5 closing hole might land her in the very hazard she avoided - for the traditional victory plunge in Poppie’s Pond. Read more
GOLF LEGEND ANNIKA SORENSTAM TO SERVE AS HONORARY HOST OF KRAFT NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRITY PRO-AM
March 25, 2013
Three-time Champion eager to lend her support to golf’s first major; Tickets for the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship now on sale to the public
By Brian Robin, Brener Zwikel & Associates
One of the most iconic players in the history of golf, Annika Sorenstam, will be returning to Mission Hills Country Club in April, this time to serve as honorary host for the celebrity pro-am for the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a tournament she won three times. Read more
March 25, 2013
By PGATOUR.COM wire reportsORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods is back to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings with a game that look as good as ever. Woods tied a PGA TOUR record Monday by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard for the eighth time, and this one had some extra significance. It returned him to the top of the FedExCup standings, marking the fifth different season in the seven-year history of the competition that he’s occupied the top spot. Read more
March 18, 2013
Now that’s what we call a relationship status update.
By Herschel CaldwellTiger Woods posted that he is now dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn in a message to fans on his Facebook page along with several pictures of the couple.
This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral. Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.
Vonn also confirmed the relationship on her Facebook page.
I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV
The Daily Mail (UK) reported last week that Woods and Vonn spent the weekend of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Woods’s yacht at a Miami-area marina. Celebrity tabloids have linked the pair since since they were both in Vail in November.
Vonn tore her ACL and MCL and had small fractures of her femur and tibia in a terrible crash at the Alpine world championships in Austria on Feb 5. She is rehabbing to compete in the Winter Olympics next year.
Both Woods, 37, and Vonn, 28, are divorced.
March 10, 2013
By Herschel V. CaldwellTiger Woods has served noticed that 2013 is a year to end the conversation that begins with: Is he back? Having won twice already this year and Sunday against the world’s greatest field of players, Tiger answers that questions and set himself as the odds on favorite to defend his 2012 win at Bay Hill and a victory two weeks later at the 2013 Masters. Read more