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Rivals expect Tiger will need patience in comeback

Nassau (Bahamas) (AFP) – World top-10 rivals to Tiger Woods said Wednesday they expect the 14-time major winner needs time and patience before there’s any chance he regains the form that made him a legend.

Woods ends the longest layoff of his career after nearly 16 months in Thursday’s opening round of the Hero World Challenge, an 18-player invitational featuring six top-10 players. Number eight Patrick Reed will tee off alongside US compatriot Woods at noon (1700 GMT).

“I’m really excited for golf to have Tiger back and to have that honor, it’s going to be awesome. I’m looking forward to it. It should be fun,” Reed said.

“I still want to beat him. Tiger still wants to beat me. I want him to play well not only for the game of golf, I want him to play well for him. But at the same time you’re out there trying to win a golf tournament.”

The 72-hole showdown at 7,303-yard Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas is the first competitive event for Woods in 466 days, since finishing 10th at Greensboro in August 2015 and undergoing back surgery twice in the weeks that followed.

“This is a perfect week for him to come back being fully healthy,” two-time major winner Jordan Spieth said. “Less people are out there watching. He can play quickly. He’s playing around a lot of people he knows on a place he’s familiar with.”

But fifth-ranked Spieth warned that Woods will not challenge for major titles instantly.

“I think he has accepted the fact he will be patient,” Spieth said. “Like anybody that takes off a year and a half, you don’t just come back and expect anything. It’s going to take a little time.

“I just hope everyone gives him time. I hope he has the time to fall into a rhythm and just get enough tournaments where he can build up that.”

Just the hope of seeing Woods on form again has created a buzz in the wealthy Caribbean enclave.

“He’s still just turning every head,” Spieth said. “He’s very excited, seems very confident. We all hope for many reasons that he comes back fully healthy and his game’s fully back.”

– ‘See if you can Y.E. Yang it’ –

One of those reasons is to do what South Korean Yang Yong-Eun did at the 2009 PGA Championship, outplaying Woods over the last 18 holes for a major crown.

“It was a dream for all of us young guys to one day grow up and battle Tiger on a Sunday when he was playing his best,” Spieth said. “And see if you can Y.E. Yang it, see if you can pull off a shot where you can take him down.”

Reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson, the world number four from Sweden, said Woods, who turns 41 in a month, might never match the glory days of his 2000-2001 Tiger Slam.

“I think it would be hard, where golf is at right now, to be as dominant as Tiger was even if Tiger were now to play as good as he did in 2000,” Stenson said. “The main thing is that his back is in good shape and he’s healthy.”

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Stenson, however, isn’t ready to write off more magic from 898th-ranked Woods, whose 79 career PGA titles are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record.

“He has been out of competitiveness for quite some time so it might be a little while before you find your bearings again,” Stenson said. “But he has done some remarkable things throughout his career and if there’s someone that can jump right back up and play some great golf again, that would be him.”

Third-ranked Dustin Johnson, the reigning US Open champion, won’t rule out anything where Woods is concerned.

“When he was at his peak, he was very impressive. Wouldn’t surprise me if he got back to, I don’t know about quite that caliber, but who knows,” Johnson said.

“He has been working very hard at it, so I expect him to play pretty well. Whether he’ll win or not, that’s a whole different feat. I predict he’ll do pretty well.”

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Boost in events, money coming on 2017 LPGA Tour

Nassau (Bahamas) (AFP) – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan unveiled a 2017 tour schedule Wednesday that features a $4.35 million (4.1 million euros) prize money boost and more tournaments than the 2016 campaign.

There will be four new LPGA events but three others that will not return from this year for 34 tournaments in all plus the Solheim Cup US-Europe women’s team showdown with a record total purse of $67.35 million.

In all, 11 of 30 returning events will raise prize money offerings, including four of the five women’s golf majors.

The US Women’s Open will jump from $4.5 million to $5 million next year, when it will be staged at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey — a layout owned by US President-elect Donald Trump.

“Our goal has been to consistently move the needle forward in providing increased financial opportunities for our members,”Whan said. “We are excited to see these increases for 2017 and we look forward to continuing to grow overall prize money in future years.

“While we receive credit for being a global tour, we’re just as proud that we’ve added more events in North America since 2011 then we have abroad.”

The number of US events will fall, however, with events lost in Florida, San Francisco and Alabama and added in Indianapolis and Oneida, Wisconsin.

The Scottish Ladies Open, co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour, and New Zealand Women’s Open, won by Kiwi teen star Lydia Ko three of the last four years, were also added to the LPGA lineup.

The New Zealand event begins a run of seven LPGA events in the Asia-Pacific region before the season-ending Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

The Lorena Ochoa Invitational will become a match-play event starting next year with the world’s 64 top players competing in Mexico City. The event will also move from November to May.

Americans will seek to defend the Solheim Cup from August 18-20, 2017, at Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.

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LPGA announces four new tournaments for 2017

(Reuters) – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) on Wednesday announced its 2017 schedule including four new tournaments and an increase of $4.35 million in official prize money.

Joining the 35-event LPGA Tour schedule are events in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and in Scotland and New Zealand, with a record $67.35 million in prize money on offer.

The first new LPGA stop comes from July 6-9 when the tour visits Oneida, Wisconsin for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Three weeks later, the LPGA travels across the Atlantic to play the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open from July 27-30 at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire.

In September, the tour makes a pit stop in Indianapolis for the Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) Championship from Sept. 7-10.

Following the season’s final major at The Evian Championship in France, the LPGA will skip a week before traveling to the home country of world number one Lydia Ko for the New Zealand Women’s Open from Sept. 28-Oct 1.

The event will be the first of seven consecutive tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region before the tour returns to Naples, Florida for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) on Wednesday announced its 2017 schedule including four new tournaments and an increase of $4.35 million in official prize money.

Joining the 35-event LPGA Tour schedule are events in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and in Scotland and New Zealand, with a record $67.35 million in prize money on offer.

The first new LPGA stop comes from July 6-9 when the tour visits Oneida, Wisconsin for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Three weeks later, the LPGA travels across the Atlantic to play the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open from July 27-30 at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire.

In September, the tour makes a pit stop in Indianapolis for the Indy Women in Tech (IWIT) Championship from Sept. 7-10.

Following the season’s final major at The Evian Championship in France, the LPGA will skip a week before traveling to the home country of world number one Lydia Ko for the New Zealand Women’s Open from Sept. 28-Oct 1.

The event will be the first of seven consecutive tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region before the tour returns to Naples, Florida for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. (Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Woods has 10 more years in him, says Nicklaus

(Reuters) – While some pundits have questioned whether Tiger Woods will ever regain top form after being sidelined for 15 months due to back issues, Jack Nicklaus thinks he could compete at the highest level for another decade and challenge his record of 18 majors.

Woods, who turns 41 next month and won the last of his 14 majors at the 2008 US Open, will make his comeback at this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

He has not played on the PGA Tour since August 2015, having undergone back surgeries in September and again in October of that year, and not won anywhere since 2013.

However, Nicklaus said it was perhaps only the mental side of the game which had prevented him from returning sooner.

“I’ve always thought that he’s got at least another 10 years of good competitive golf in front of him if he’s healthy and as talented as he is,” Nicklaus was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

Woods, who spent a record 281 consecutive weeks as world number one but has now fallen to 898th in the rankings, needs four majors to tie Nicklaus’s record.

“I don’t think anything is safe,” added the 76-year-old.

Woods had planned to return at last month’s Safeway Open in California but withdrew three days before the opening round, saying his game was not sharp enough.

“He keeps saying he is fine … he’s ready to play, yet he has not come back to play. That probably is the five inches between his ears that is the part that he’s having trouble with.

“(He) has got to re-evaluate that and find out what’s going to happen to him and how can he mentally get himself back into the idea of playing golf again.”

(Reporting by Debanjan Bose in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Onslaught puts Denmark in World Cup of Golf driving seat

A surprise onslaught from Denmark odd couple Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen blew the World Cup of Golf wide open Friday during a high-scoring second round of fourball play in Melbourne.

Several teams made significant moves at Kingston Heath, but none bigger than the Danish duo, who produced a sensational 12-under par 60 to rocket to the top of the leaderboard at 12-under overall — three clear of China and four ahead of Spain.

Olesen admitted he thought about the possibility of scoring an elusive 59 as the pair drilled eight birdies and two eagles to stun the galleries, a blitz that included a 139-metre hole out from Kjeldsen on the par four third.

The younger Olesen was the star, contributing six birdies and an eagle, but the accurate ball striking of world No.45 Kjeldsen playing first allowed his partner, ranked 67, the freedom to explore the possibilities in cold and windy conditions.

Kjeldsen said the pair complemented each other.

“Thorbjorn’s very flashy, he hits very far off the tee and overall he’s just got an amazing game,” the 41-year-old said of his 26-year-old countryman.

“Whereas myself, I’m sort of like a train — I just arrive on time but without too much of the flashy stuff.”

Kjeldsen added that he could play around Kingston Heath for the “rest of his life”, portraying the infinity he has quickly developed with the course.

“This is my kind of golf,” the four-time European Tour winner said.

“You don’t just get up and whack it as hard as you can. You have to think your way around.”

As the format switches back to the more difficult “foursomes” (where players hit the same ball taking alternate shots) on Saturday, Denmark will be joined in the last group out by the event’s other surprise package — China duo Li Haotong and Wu Ashun.

The Chinese have become fan favourites this week courtesy of their energetic “chest-bumping” celebrations, and there was plenty to be excited about as they followed up their impressive 70 on Thursday with a seven-under 65.

Overnight leaders Spain kept their title pursuit on track with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm producing a five-under round of 67, while American pre-tournament favourites Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker ensured they would be a factor over the weekend by carding their own 67.

England and Italy were the other big movers on day two, each posting rounds of 66 to move to seven-under and equal with the US and France, who conjured a five-under round of 65.

New Zealand (64), Netherlands (64) Japan (65), Taiwan (65) Scotland (65), Sweden (66), India (66), Thailand (66), Wales (66) and South Africa (66) all had rounds of six-under or better to either catapult up the leaderboard, or make amends for a poor showing in the foursomes.

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Team Denmark roar to top of leaderboard at World Cup of Golf

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen tore up Kingston Heath with a scintillating 60 in the fourballs to fire Denmark to a three-stroke lead after the second round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

The Danes teed off four strokes adrift of overnight leaders Spain on another gusty day at the sandbelt course but finished with Kjeldsen sinking a three-foot putt on the 18th for the pair’s eighth birdie in a brilliant 12-under round.

They head into Saturday’s foursomes with a handy buffer over second-placed China, with Spain a further stroke behind on eight-under.

“I was trying to play solid, Thorbjorn was playing exceptional,” beamed 41-year-old Kjeldsen next to his partner Olesen, 15 years his junior.

“It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever played … You could play this course every day for the rest of your life.”

None of the other 28 nations in the field came close to the dominant Danish pair, who also grabbed two eagles, but China’s Wu Anshun and Li Haotong were well placed after combining for a 65 on another solid day.

Joint second overnight, the United States slipped to fourth with France, England and Italy on seven-under.

Americans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker combined for 67 but were disappointed with a yield of five birdies.

“A few more would have been nice to go into the weekend,” said world number 12 Fowler. “We haven’t played our best golf yet or anything close to it.”

Australian Adam Scott’s hopes of defending his 2013 team title, won with Jason Day at Royal Melbourne, dimmed further as he and Marc Leishman again struggled to gel.

Five off the pace overnight, the pair rolled in six birdies but both stumbled with bogeys on the seventh and 16th holes and head into the weekend 10 strokes behind the Danes after a 68.

“I certainly didn’t play the way I would’ve liked,” said Leishman. “But that’s golf and it can do that to you.

“I’m still staying positive, hoping we’ve saved all of our good stuff for the weekend.”

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell also have work to do, the pair shooting a 69 to be nine strokes adrift.

Kjeldsen and Olesen parred their first two holes before their round roared into life with an eagle on the par-four third followed by birdies on the next two holes.

Another eagle came on the par-five eighth before their game went up another level at the turn, as they started the back nine with five consecutive birdies before Kjeldsen capped the round in style.

“I’m like a train … I arrive on time,” Kjeldsen joked as he compared his safe game with Olesen’s more aggressive approach. “It’s a good combination.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Golf-Team Denmark roar to top of leaderboard at World Cup of Golf

MELBOURNE, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen tore up Kingston Heath with a scintillating 60 in the fourballs to fire Denmark to a three-stroke lead after the second round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

The Danes teed off four strokes adrift of overnight leaders Spain on another gusty day at the sandbelt course but finished with Kjeldsen sinking a three-foot putt on the 18th for the pair’s eighth birdie in a brilliant 12-under round.

They head into Saturday’s foursomes with a handy buffer over second-placed China, with Spain a further stroke behind on eight-under.

“I was trying to play solid, Thorbjorn was playing exceptional,” beamed 41-year-old Kjeldsen next to his partner Olesen, 15 years his junior.

“It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever played … You could play this course every day for the rest of your life.”

None of the other 28 nations in the field came close to the dominant Danish pair, who also grabbed two eagles, but China’s Wu Anshun and Li Haotong were well placed after combining for a 65 on another solid day.

Joint second overnight, the United States slipped to fourth with France, England and Italy on seven-under.

Americans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker combined for 67 but were disappointed with a yield of five birdies.

“A few more would have been nice to go into the weekend,” said world number 12 Fowler. “We haven’t played our best golf yet or anything close to it.”

Australian Adam Scott’s hopes of defending his 2013 team title, won with Jason Day at Royal Melbourne, dimmed further as he and Marc Leishman again struggled to gel.

Five off the pace overnight, the pair rolled in six birdies but both stumbled with bogeys on the seventh and 16th holes and head into the weekend 10 strokes behind the Danes after a 68.

“I certainly didn’t play the way I would’ve liked,” said Leishman. “But that’s golf and it can do that to you.

“I’m still staying positive, hoping we’ve saved all of our good stuff for the weekend.”

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell also have work to do, the pair shooting a 69 to be nine strokes adrift.

Kjeldsen and Olesen parred their first two holes before their round roared into life with an eagle on the par-four third followed by birdies on the next two holes.

Another eagle came on the par-five eighth before their game went up another level at the turn, as they started the back nine with five consecutive birdies before Kjeldsen capped the round in style.

“I’m like a train … I arrive on time,” Kjeldsen joked as he compared his safe game with Olesen’s more aggressive approach. “It’s a good combination.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Spain take early lead in World Cup of Golf

Melbourne (AFP) – A miraculous putt from Rafa Cabrera Bello on the 18th green gave Spain the lead after a challenging opening round of the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne Thursday.

Cabrera Bello and his youthful team-mate Jon Rahm executed a flawless game plan in the blustery conditions, which made foursomes — alternate shot — play difficult for the two-man teams at Kingston Heath.

With only six countries returning scores under par, the Spanish combination took a one-shot lead over the USA, France and China — courtesy of the late birdie that resulted from Cabrera Bello’s snaking 15-foot putt.

Rahm drove the ball magnificently and Cabrera Bello did the rest around the greens as the pair gelled well to notch a three-under par 69 ahead of Friday’s fourballs.

Cabrera Bello said he could not believe his last putt had dropped.

“I thought I had holed it, then it looked like it was going to miss right and then, I don’t know how, maybe someone upstairs put some backspin on it to go in the hole,” the two-time European Tour winner said.

Spain will be grouped on the second day with France whose Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque returned a two-under par round of 70.

The USA, with Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, justified their pre-tournament tag of favourites as they made the most of every opportunity card a 70.

US PGA champion Walker holed a sensational bunker shot on the 13th to ignite a run of two more birdies.

It was another “unbelievable” putt on the 18th green from China’s Wu Ashun that helped he and Li Haotong emerge as crowd favourites in a rounf of two-under 70.

The China pair had the galleries cheering as they drained a series of long putts and celebrated each with jumping chest bumps.

Hosts Australia battled all day just to stay at two-over 74, five shots behind leaders Spain. Playing alongside the Americans, world number seven Adam Scott and Marc Leishman lacked struggled to get the ball close to the pin.

South African pair Jaco van Zyl and George Coetzee stumbled seven shots behind the leaders with a four-over par 76.

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Spain on top of World Cup of Golf after first round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Cabrera Bello rolled in a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Spain a one-shot lead after the opening round of foursomes at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne on Thursday.

Cabrera Bello combined with Jon Rahm for a three-under 69 as teams in the 28-nation field laboured on slick greens on a windy day at Kingston Heath.

The U.S. pair of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker shot 70 to grab a share of second with France and China at the rebooted tournament while highly fancied hosts Australia, anchored by world number seven Adam Scott, disappointed with a 74.

Cabrera Bello, buffeted by wind gusts as he lined up his final putt, watched the ball meander toward the hole and sharply break right before it stopped on the lip, paused and dropped, triggering a roar from the gallery.

“That was a fun putt … I don’t know how it came back,” the 32-year-old said. “It’s been a good day … I think it’s a score we’re proud of and it’s a score we deserved.”

Fowler, who finished earlier than the Spaniards, had a similar long chance on the last to put the United States on three-under but his putt tantalizingly lipped out.

After a cautious start, he and Walker raced up the leaderboard with three consecutive birdies from the 13th but rued a dropped shot on the 16th to fall back in the pack.

“We got everything out of the round that we could and that’s key with alternate shot,” said world number 12 Fowler.

“We made some good putts to keep the round going and worked well together.”

Former U.S. Masters Champion Scott won the team component of the previous event in Melbourne in 2013 with individual winner Jason Day, when the tournament was a 72-hole strokeplay format.

But his partnership with Marc Leishman got off to a rocky start with bogeys on the second and the sixth and the pair managed only one birdie for the round on the 15th.

Leishman let his team mate down by missing a number of makeable putts, including a short one for par on the 18th that left them five strokes adrift for Saturday’s four-ball round.

“We just couldn’t get any momentum,” said Scott.

“It’s very tough to gauge exactly what’s going on out there when it’s blustery.

“But it’s not that bad.”

British pair Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan were tied for fifth on one-under after shooting a 71 with Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero.

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell were a shot further adrift on even par with Sweden and Denmark.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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