Woods targets a limited field

December 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Woods has achieved that goal again. The field for his seventh annual four-day shootout – the past six held at Sherwood – again has 16 of the game’s top golfers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Defending champion Woods, ranked No. 1 in the world, and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Vijay Singh head a list that includes 10 participants from last month’s dramatic Presidents Cup. The Target event, which started in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1999 and moved to Sherwood the following year, has produced two-time winners each of the past two years and both of them – Woods (who won in 2001 and 2004) and Davis Love III (2000, 2003) – will be in this year’s field. U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, Fred Couples, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk, David Toms, Kenny Perry and Chris DiMarco join Woods, Singh and Love as the Presidents Cup participants. The field is rounded out by 2002 Target champion Padraig Harrington, European Ryder Cup standouts Luke Donald, Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie, long-hitting crowd favorite John Daly and Danish star Thomas Bjorn, who is making his Target debut. Wie in pro debut: Michelle Wie, who celebrated her 16th birthday Tuesday, will further mark the week by playing in her first tournament as a professional. The Hawaiian 10th-grader, who can drive a golf ball more than 300 yards and has twice finished in the top five at LPGA majors as an invited amateur, begins play Thursday in the Samsung World Championship at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert. Tiger Woods has no intention to grow his annual Target World Challenge winter tournament. “We do not want to expand into a regular (PGA) tour event,” he said of his 16-player tournament, which runs Dec. 8-11 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. “We try to keep our field limited. It is an elite field, and we try to get the best players in the world to come compete.” center_img “I think I’m ready for it,” the two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links finalist and 2004 PubLinks champion said of her decision to abandon her amateur status. “I really want to do it, and I think I made a pretty good decision.” Wie, who will face defending champion and 66-time LPGA winner Annika Sorenstam and 18 other top women players at Bighorn, called Ernie Els her role model. “I talked to him, and he is like, ‘You’re ready to turn pro.’ It made me feel a lot better. I’m really glad.” Hakes wins Senior: Steven Hakes of Coronado GC won the 54th annual Los Angeles City Senior Men’s Championship last week at Griffith Park, finishing 67-71 for a 6-under total of 138 in competition held on the par-72 Wilson and Harding courses. Runner-up Melvin Collins (141) of El Dorado matched Hakes’ 67 for the lowest gross score of the championship flight, which drew a field of 52. Net flight champions were John Larsen of Simi Hills in A (67-69_136), Harold Eschner of Woodley Lakes in B (71-65_136), Johnny Disco of Griffith Park in C (68-67_135), John Sousa of Skylinks in D (65-67_132) and Joe Deignan of Sepulveda in E (68-71_139). State Open: PGA Tour players Dave Stockton Jr. and Spencer Levin have committed to play in next week’s Pechanga State Open at Redhawk Golf Club in Temecula, where area golfers George Bowers of Lancaster and J.R. Morton of Valencia will be in the field. Bowers shot 75 and Morton 78 in a qualifier at PGA of Southern California Golf Club, where 25 players earned berths in the 54-hole State Open, which starts next Wednesday. Jason Gore of Valencia, who won his second State Open title last year, has since qualified for the PGA Tour, returning to professional golf’s top tour on the strength of a “Battlefield Promotion” after winning his third consecutive Nationwide Tour event in August. Gore, who played on the PGA Tour in 2001 and 2003, made the most of his third opportunity. He won in less than two months, at the 84 Lumber Classic, to secure a two-year tour exemption and is in the field this week for the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. Q School: Former Los Angeles City Men’s champion Tommy Barber opens his second attempt at the PGA Tour qualifying tournament this week but without his brother, Jeff, as caddie. Jeff, an assistant pro at Griffith Park, where Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks alumnus Tommy learned the game, was on the bag for his younger brother at Q School last year but is competing in a Spanos Tour event this week at Moorpark Country Club. Tommy will play at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, where area golfers Paul Holtby of Simi Valley and Jason Gordon of Saugus also are in the field. Names in the game: Mark Modglin, the former All-Ventura County player from Simi Valley High who has been team captain, Most Outstanding Player and Academic All-Western Athletic Conference at Fresno State, is in his fourth year as a starter for the Bulldogs, who are hosts for this week’s Fresno State Lexus Classic. The field for the 54-hole Fresno tournament, which runs Thursday and Friday, includes Cal State Northridge, which got top-25 efforts from senior Amit Nat of Granada Hills (averaging 73.0) and freshman Erik Jarvey of Palmdale (73.1) in the Matadors’ season opener at the Northwest Collegiate Classic. … Valencia High junior Louis Amira has been named to the American Junior Golf Association Academic All-American team. Amira, who shot 67 to place second in the Southern Section as a sophomore for the Vikings, shot a career-best 63 in winning an AJGA age 15-and-under event in New Mexico and ranks 10th in a class of 879 at Valencia, where he has a 4.25 grade-point average. Dave Shelburne covers golf for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or [email protected] ON THE GREEN PGA TOUR Michelin Championship at Las Vegas Course: TPC at Summerlin (7,243 yards, par 72). Schedule: Thursday through Sunday. Purse: $4 million, $720,000 to winner. TV: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-3 p.m.) and ABC (Sunday, noon-3 p.m.). LPGA TOUR Samsung World Championship at Palm Desert Course: Bighorn Golf Club (6,462 yards, par 72). Schedule: Thursday through Sunday. Purse: $850,000, $212,000 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Thursday, 2-4 and 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Friday, noon-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and 5-7 p.m.) and Ch. 4 (Saturday, 10-11 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.). CHAMPIONS TOUR Administaff Small Business Classic at Spring, Texas Course: Augusta Pines Golf Club (6,993 yards, par 72). Schedule: Friday through Sunday. Purse: $1.6 million, $240,000 to winner. TV: The Golf Channel (Friday-Saturday, 2-4:30 and 7-9 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4:30 and 6-8:30 p.m.). SCORING AVERAGE PGA Tiger Woods 68.57! Vijay Singh 58.93 Luke Donald 69.27 Jim Furyk 69.29 LPGA Annika Sorenstam 69.39 Cristie Kerr 70.78 Paula Creamer 70.90 Natalie Gulbis 71.00 CHAMPIONS Mark McNulty 69.59 Craig Stadler 69.59 Dana Quigley 69.65 Morris Hatalsky 69.69 SPOTLIGHT TIGER WOODS The 29-year-old winner of this year’s Masters and British Open championships took a big step toward his seventh PGA Tour Player of the Year award in nine full seasons on tour, capturing the American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco when John Daly missed a 3-foot par putt on the second playoff hole. Woods (67-68-68-67) and Daly (67-67-67-69) tied at 10-under-par 270 in regulation play in the World Golf Championship event, which produced Woods’ 10th WGC title to go with 10 majors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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