Lexi Thompson enjoys another week playing against the guys, outdriving Charley Hoffman and getting Tiger Woods’ attention

Officially, the duo of Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau finished seventh in the 12-team field at the QBE Shootout on Sunday. Unofficially, the pairing won the week at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla., at least judging by the buzz they created. Or should we say the buzz that Thompson, the lone female in the field, drew with her power game. “She hits the ball incredibly, and she made a lot of putts, which took a lot of pressure off me,” said Finau on Friday after the first round, when…

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The incredible Official World Golf Ranking stat that Tiger Woods probably won’t catch Phil Mickelson in

“Big picture” is the two-word, drop-the-mic retort Tiger Woods has used when comparing his career to Phil Mickelson. And with huge leads of 14 to 5 and 80 to 43 in majors and PGA Tour titles, respectively, Woods has a convincing case that not even Mickelson entertains debating. However, there’s one actual big picture — technically, it’s a graph — in which Tiger will have a tough time topping Phil. RELATED: The year-end top 10 in the OWGR is a lot different than the 2017 list Woods hit another milestone…

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Tiger Woods ‘so thankful’ to be back as he bids farewell to 2018

Tiger Woods doesn’t play around during press conferences. A lot of jocks use them to curry favor with media and fans, but Woods doesn’t need that. Even if the answers seem dull at times, it’s actually a more genuine discussion because he’s not using that time to craft a more likeable image. He’s there because it’s part of his job and he’ll answer the questions he wants to answer and brush off the rest. Picture a more moderately-tempered Nick Saban. Woods was in Australia this week on an advance scouting…

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Steve Stricker talks Tiger Woods, Presidents Cup, defending QBE title

CLOSE Defending champions Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair are back at the QBE Shootout in Naples. Greg Hardwig, greg.hardwig@naplesnews.com; 239-263-4767 Steve Stricker, a part-time Naples resident, tees off during the 30th annual QBE Shootout Pro-Am on Thursday at Tiburón Golf Club.(Photo: Srijita Chattopadhyay/Naples Daily News)   Steve Stricker is still in between. The part-time Naples resident is going back and forth between the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions. And he came to Naples a couple of weeks ago in between on his golf game. But he’s back at…

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Tiger Woods fondly recalls requesting to play — and beating — Greg Norman at the 1998 Presidents Cup

As part of the lone American team to lose in the Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods‘ top priority as captain is to make sure the U.S. doesn’t suffer the same fate when it returns to Royal Melbourne in 2019. But that’s not to say he doesn’t have at least one fond memory from that week. RELATED: The small adjustment that could help Tiger Woods win another major In Australia this week to promote next year’s event, Woods was asked about beating Aussie superstar Greg Norman in Sunday singles two decades ago.…

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Tiger Woods sees no U.S. Ryder Cup hangover in 2019 Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods has been busy this week. After finishing up the Hero World Challenge Sunday, Woods spent the next day traveling to Australia and has since been promoting the 2019 Presidents Cup. Woods is the U.S. captain and says he plans to play if he qualifies in the top eight of the Presidents Cup standings (he’s currently 16th) and has not ruled out considering himself for one of the four captain’s picks. The 2019 Presidents Cup will be hosted by Royal Melbourne Golf Club and conclude on Dec. 15. It will…

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Woods completes site visit for 2019 Presidents Cup

After completing his final tournament of the year, Tiger Woods went Down Under. The American captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup returned this week to Royal Melbourne, which will host the biennial matches for the third time next December. Woods was on the American team in 1998, when the Internationals logged their lone team win to date, and again in 2011 when the Americans triumphed in Oz. Weeks after International captain Ernie Els paid a visit, Woods took a tour of the famed sand belt layout before speaking to reporters.…

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Woods holds talks over 2019 pre-Presidents Cup schedule

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. captain Tiger Woods will have discussions with golf officials in Melbourne on how to best prepare his team for the 2019 Presidents Cup next December at Royal Melbourne. Woods, in Melbourne for a promotional visit, said the talks later Thursday would focus on the options of the Americans playing his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming to Melbourne the week prior for practice with sand-belt techniques, or playing the Australian Open as the lead-up event at The Australian in Sydney. “We have to figure…

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Careful Woods planning to ‘pace’ himself with 2019 schedule

Tiger Woods is yet to formalise his 2019 schedule but has no intention playing in as many tournaments as this year. Having started 2018 unsure how often he would be in action, the former world number one enjoyed a fabulous comeback to the PGA Tour, including winning his first title in five years at the Tour Championship. Woods also recorded top-10 finishes at the last two majors of the season, though his success came at a price as he was left “worn out” by the time the Ryder Cup came…

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Golf Presidents Cup Tiger Woods keen to play in Melbourne

Tiger Woods has given the strongest indication yet that he will tee it up as a rare playing captain in the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. The United States’ one and only Presidents Cup loss to the Internationals 20 years ago still burns for Tiger Woods as he prepares to captain the U.S. team for the first time at the 2019 event in Melbourne. The Match needed Tiger and Phil to be Tiger and Phil. Instead, we got 22 holes of so-so golf from the sport’s two biggest names.…

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