Tiger Woods Cleared to Start Playing Again

Tiger Woods continues his comeback from a fourth back operation in the last three years. According to ESPN, his agent Mark Steinberg has said the 41-year-old American has been cleared to resume full golf activity, after last week having a check-up with the surgeon who performed back surgery on him six months ago. “He can do as much as he needs to do,” said Steinberg. He also added that the former world number one is being careful not to rush his comeback.

“He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed,” Steinberg told ESPN. “Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly. This is good, but he plans to do it the right way.”

Steinberg refused to estimate when Woods might be able to make a competitive return, however.

“We have not even talked about it,” he said. “We will see what each day brings, what each week brings.”

The 14-time major winner is in recovery and has not played since withdrawing from February’s Dubai Desert Classic. Last April Woods admitted he may never return to competitive golf. However, determined to attempt another comeback, last Sunday he posted a video on Twitter hitting a driver, with the caption “Making progress”.

The three-time Open champion has not won a tournament since 2013, while his drought in the majors stretches back to 2008.

USA Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has also commented on Woods’ rehabilitation videos on social media.

“It’s nice to see him swinging a golf club. I know he wants to get back playing golf and I know he would love to play golf competitively and I think that would be great for golf.”

When asked whether it was possible for Woods to force his way into the Team USA side at Le Golf National, Furyk added: “It would be difficult, because he has been out so long. He’s not 100% right now, but it’s Tiger Woods. Whenever we have doubted him in the past he has proved us wrong, so don’t rule it past him.”

Tyrrell Hatton Beats Ross Fisher to Win Italian Open

Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (26) birdied the 18th to claim his second victory in two weeks, making a spectacular return to the worlds top 20. For more spectacular entertainment Play Wild Antics Online!

Hatton earned this win in the Italian Open held in Monza last Sunday with a brilliant, grandstand 15-footer on the 18th, which was even more impressive than his defence at Dunhill Championship the week before.

“I knew I needed a low score today, and front nine, it was pretty slow and sort of didn’t really get any momentum,” said Hatton, who revealed the advice from caddie Jonathan Bell was priceless. “I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient, and JB was just saying, ‘Good things will come’.

Seemingly out of race on a last day marked by almost universal low scoring, Hatton made five birdies in the last seven holes to finish with a Sunday 65 and 21 under for four circuits of the Parco Reale di Monza course, passing compatriot Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand by a single shot.

“Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient as good as I can and, in the end, I guess I got my reward. I gave myself a lot of opportunities, I played really solid and it’s nice to carry the form over. So you know, it’s just amazing to win again.

Hatton made four birdies in a row from the 12th and having levelled with Aphibarnrat and Ross Fisher on 20 under, stepped on to the 18th tee needing a birdie three for the win. He took home a first-place check of around $1.1 million.

Italian Open final leaderboard

-21 T Hatton (Eng); -20 R Fisher (Eng), K Aphibarnrat (Tha); -19 M Wallace (Eng); -18 M Fraser (Aus); -17 D Horsey (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng), F Molinari (It), G Coetzee (SA); -16 N Bertasio (It), MA Jimenez (Sp), E Pepperell (Eng), M Warren (Sco), M Lorenzo-Vera (Fr)

Selected others: -15 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -13 J Donaldson (Wal); -12 S Garcia (Sp); -7 L Donald (Eng); -5 L Westwood (Eng); -3 G McDowell (NI)

Veteran Pat Perez Wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia

Last Sunday was full of excitement as forty-year-old Pat Perez rose like a phoenix from ashes to hold off Keegan Bradley for his second win in less than a year. Perez picked up his third career PGA Tour victory on Sunday by winning the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, finishing four shots clear of Bradley.

The veteran held a commanding four-shot lead overnight, and he strengthened his position when he began his final round with three consecutive birdies from the second, although he did offer a glimmer of hope to the field when he dropped a shot at the sixth.

But Perez holed a good putt for birdie at the short eighth to turn in 33, and he had the luxury of planning his way cautiously around the back nine with none of his closest challengers able to mount a significant challenge down the stretch.

Perez’s feat comes after a long recovery from a shoulder injury last year that threatened to wreck his career.

When asked what was the secret behind his amazing comeback, Perez told reporters that he couldnt really put a finger on it: “I guess I’m a lot different than I was 10 years ago, for sure. I can’t really explain it. I’ve been working hard on a lot of things, and it’s all kind of come together now.”

Perez finished the tournament with a 24-under 264. Victory earned him an automatic entry for next year’s Masters in April, the $1.26 million prize purse and 500 FedEX Cup points.

When asked about re-setting goals for the 2017-18 season, he replied in his usual straightforward manner: “I’m not going to change anything. I’m still not going to workout. I’m still going to have a bad diet and I’m going to enjoy myself.”

After Malaysia, Perez is knocking on the top 20 in the world rankings and boasts a resume that could rival nearly any other player over the last 12 months.

 

Farmfoods: European Senior Masters

Forest of Arden

19-22 October 2017

The Farmfoods European Senior Masters offers amateurs the unique opportunity to play with, partner and watch, at close quarters, some of the finest European Senior Tour golfing legends.

The event is free to attend, with names such as Paul McGinley, Ian Woosnam, Sam Torrence and host, Peter Baker, all in competition.

Thursday 19th October 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters Pro-Am

The event will start with a Pro-Am on Thursday. Here 24 teams of 3 amateurs will partner a handpicked European Senior Tour professional for 18 holes on the Arden Championship Golf Course. The format of the event will be better ball with the best two nett stableford scores from the group counting as the team score.

Following play all amateurs and professionals are invited to the Official Pro-Am dinner which will include a sumptuous three course dinner, entertainment and a prize giving presentation following the days play, held in the VIP marquee at the Forest of Arden. All players will also receive a limited-edition Players Pack upon registration.

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters Alliance

Gates Open 08:30

Here an amateur partners a European Senior Tour professional for 18 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday around the Championship course at the Forest of Arden. They will also be accompanied by another professional-amateur pairing for the rounds. The pair will play better ball for the team prize but the professional will record their own individual score as these two days will count towards the over score for the Farmfoods European Senior Masters title.

Amateurs are treated to buffet lunch on both of the days they compete along with their professional and are also welcomed to the informal drinks reception on Saturday after play has concluded, where the Alliance team champions will be crowned.
Sunday 22nd October 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters Professional Shootout

Gates Open 07:30
This is the final round of the 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters and will see all 54 professionals complete 18 holes on the Championship course teeing off in reverse score order, the tournament leaders due to tee off from the 1st tee at approx. 12.00 noon, in three balls.

This final days play will be just professionals with the leading player crowned 2017 Farmfoods European Senior Masters champion around 4.30pm on the 18th green after play is concluded.

The Southern Links Open 2017

The Southern Links Open is an unparalleled golfing experience for any amateur golfer. It is a 54 hole pairs Betterball Stableford competition of three rounds played over three of the Souths finest courses.

The competition is open to male and female golfers aged 16+ with an active CONGU handicap, for an entry fee of 550 per pair.

Dates

Day 1 6th November 2017 Royal Cinque Ports

Day 2 7th November 2017 Royal St Georges Includes coffee & bacon roll & 3 course lunch

Day 3 8th November 2017 Princes Golf Club

Tee times for both rounds 1 and 2 will be allocated a week prior to competition start. On Day 3 pairs will be playing in score order leaders being the last out.

Venues

There could not be three better courses to play in the South. All three have hosted the Open Championship and Royal St Georges is ranked no 1 course in England. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the best in UK golf! The competition has sold out months before the entry closing date during the past 2 years so dont leave it too late to confirm your place for 2017.

  • Royal Cinque Ports: The Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club is a Members Club with an 18 hole Championship Links golf course, regarded by many as one of the finest in the world. The Club also has excellent practice facilities, including a driving range, putting green, chipping green and pitching greens.
  • Royal St Georges: The Club has a distinguished golfing history and is proud to have hosted amateur and professional tournaments since the 1880s. The club is one of Englands finest links courses, and has played host to The Open Championship fourteen times.
  • Princes Golf Club: While steeped in history, Princes Golf Club offers all that is best in modern championship links golf. A regular host of Local Final Qualifying for The Open Championship, Princes also co-hosted The Amateur Championship in 2013.

Prizes

Prizes are awarded to the top 3 pairs by means of vouchers.

1st Trophy plus 250 per pair

2nd Trophy plus 150 per pair

3rd Trophy plus 100 per pair

 

The Junior European Open 2017 Regional Finals in October

The Junior European Open, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017 is widely believed to be the toughest test in junior golf in Europe. The Champions Week Finals in Andalucia, Spain are staged over five rounds including Finca Cortesin, 3-times venue for the Volvo World Matchplay.

This is an individual strokeplay event played off scratch open to boys and girls. There is no handicap limit.

If you want to enter this event, you can do it in two ways:

1- All UK golf clubs are invited to nominate up to six juniors (boys and/or girls) to go forward into the Regional Finals.

2- Entries are also acceptable from individuals to play in the Regional Finals if clubs do not have an active junior section.

UK Regional Finals will be played over 18-holes, strokeplay off scratch. All qualifiers (the top two boys and the top girl) from these Regional Finals go straight to the Champions Week Finals in Spain in November.

Therefore, one round of golf is all that is required to qualify for the Champions Week Finals in Spain. There is no other junior event in Europe that offers such a chance just after one qualifier.

Those juniors who just miss out on qualification at their first attempt, will be able to enter again (up to three times); subject to availability.

Eligibility to take part in 2017:

Boys born on or after 1/1/2000

Girls born on or after 1/1/1999

Entry Fee: 39 per player

Prizes:

The top two boys and one girl from all Regional Finals win the trip to the week-long Champions Week Finals in Spain in November. As part of their prize, they will receive the following: all green fees (minimum of four rounds plus a fifth for those who make the cut), 7-nights first-class accommodation, daily transfers to the golf clubs, specially commissioned individually personalised trophies to all the finalists and prize-presentation dinner with drinks. There are also prizes on each day for the best NET scores.

The Closing Date for entries is 20th October- up to this date entries are guaranteed to be accepted. After this date, they will be accepted subject to availability.

The remaining list of the 2017 Regional Finals:

Longhirst Hall GC, Northumberland, Sunday 22nd October

Ingestre Park GC, Stafford, Tuesday 24th October

The Wiltshire GC, Swindon, Wednesday 25th October

Lingfield Park GC, Surrey, Thursday 26th October