Tiger to miss own tourney
For the first time in eight years, Tiger Woods will be forced to watch his own tournament, the Quickens Loans National, when it tees off at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, on Thursday. The former world number one, whose foundation is in charge of the PGA Tour event, remains absent from the tour while recovering from the back surgery he underwent in September.
Woods last featured in the same contest last year at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, and finished tied 18th. He featured in 2014, but missed the cut.
Writing on his website this week, Woods said that, while he continued to work hard on getting healthy, he was physically not yet ready to play in this year’s event.
“I’m making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition,” said the winner of the 2009 and 2012 editions.
No South African has won the showpiece that has been dominated by Americans since it started in 2007 (see box).
Ernie Els and Retief Goosen finished joint 46th last year. This year’s field has not yet been announced.
The 2016 edition of the competition has total prize money worth $6.9 million (R105.2 million), and the winner will walk away with a whopping R18.3 million.
Last year, American Troy Merritt shot a 4-under 67 and finished his first career victory in 96 starts with a flourish, rolling in a 10m putt for a birdie on the final hole.
After the putt fell, he raised his hands, looked