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Tiger Returns To Professional Golf in Grand Fashion

December 4, 2017

By Herschel Caldwell

Tiger Woods & Ricky Fowler Hero World Challenge Winner – Ryan Young- PGA Tour

ALBANY, Bahamas . Tiger played all four rounds at the Hero World Challenge pain free from the latest series of back surgeries.

Tiger, who had his back fused just seven months ago, finished the tournament that he hosts to benefit his foundation with rounds of 69-68-75-68.

It was his first competitive golf tournament since early February so expectations weren’t that high – yet he beat half the field (tied 9th) in the 18-man event at Albany… although far back from the sizzling finish put on by the winner Ricky Fowler.

 

Tiger put on a dazzlingly display of power and speed for anyone coming back from four back surgeries since his five tournament wins in 2013.

The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed however there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again.

“I’m excited,” Tiger said Sunday. “I had the adrenaline going and overall I’m very pleased. I knew I was going to be able to play all four rounds, that weren’t going to be an issue. The issue was how was my scoring going to be, how was my feel, how am I going to get used to the adrenaline in my system for the first time in a while.

“We’re going to sit down, we’ll figure it out, where I’m going to start, how much I’m going to play, rest periods, training cycles, the whole nine yards,” Tiger added.

“My expectations are we’ll be playing next year. How many, where, I don’t know yet, but we’ll figure it out.”

In the meantime, Woods said he would continue his recent trend of playing money games against Fowler, Justin Thomas and other young stars from the TOUR.

If history is an indicator, Tiger will play ten to fifteen events and hopefully play his way onto the Ryder Cup team as a playing assistant captain. But that’s down the road and for now Tiger plans to enjoy “pain free” living and “playing competitive golf again.”

 

Welcome back Tiger.

Tiger Woods Week at Minority Golf Magazine

November 29, 2017

A prodigy turned professional, October 1996

By Herschel V Caldwell

Only a handful of men or women who’ve had such a huge impact on their sport and Tiger Woods will be counted in the history of golf as one of the greatest players of all time. Some will argue that he will be counted as the greatest but that chapter has yet to be written and right now that special seat is rightfully held by Jack Nicklaus. Read more

Woods return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge-welcome back Tiger

November 2, 2017

Golf Week

Tiger Woods announced on Monday that he will return to competitive golf for the first time in nine months at the unofficial Hero World Challenge Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at Albany, in the Bahamas.

Woods, who turns 42 on Dec. 30, has not played a competitive round since the first week of February. Citing back pain, he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after shooting 77 in the opening round, which came one week after a missed cut at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Those were the only two events that Woods has played in 2017 on the heels of only playing once in 2016. Read more

……It was almost like attending somebody’s Sunday worship service;

April 6, 2017

Minority Golf Magazine at the Masters 1996

By Herschel Caldwell

That’s how “reverent” Augusta National feels during its most famous week in the year. Once you enter the gates and pass through well-maintained concession areas, the world opens up to a rolling ocean of the greenest grass. Colorful azaleas adorn the entire course. The sky has never been so blue. Even the birds, like a chancel choir, sing in harmony. Read more

From a benign tumour in 1994 – Tiger Woods’s injury timeline

April 4, 2017

He looks good but his body is close to being a total wreck for playing competitive golf.

By Herschel Caldwell

Back spasms have forced Tiger Woods to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, just his third event since August 2015.

The 41-year-old has had numerous injuries throughout his career and underwent three back operations in the space of 19 months. Read more

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

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