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December 2, 2014 | 12:36 p.m.

Tee times: Hero World Challenge, first round

Andy Zunz
Zach Johnson after winning Tiger Woods' 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Zach Johnson after winning Tiger Woods' 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The spotlight will be on Tiger Woods this weekend as he makes his first professional start since the PGA Championship in August. Woods will tee off Thursday at 12:15 p.m. alongside Jason Day.

Woods will be in the limelight despite the depth of the 18-man field. Six of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking will tee it up, along with Jordan Spieth, who is coming off of a six-shot win in Australia, and defending champion Zach Johnson.

Here are the complete tee times for Thursday's opening round of the Hero World Challenge at ...

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December 2, 2014 | 12:25 p.m.

Video: Tiger Woods and Chris Como on the range

Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods worked on the range with Chris Como at Isleworth Golf and Country Club Tuesday.
Tiger Woods worked on the range with Chris Como at Isleworth Golf and Country Club Tuesday.

Tiger Woods worked on the range Tuesday morning with new swing consultant Chris Como. Woods is preparing for the Hero World Challenge, which will begin Thursday at Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

Golfweek's Adam Schupak and Steve Slocum took these photos and videos of Woods working on his swing at Isleworth:

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James Achenbach
Nike Vapor Pro irons
Nike Vapor Pro irons

Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf at his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge, with an assortment of new Nike clubs in his bag.

The new clubs include a Vapor Speed Prototype driver, Vapor Speed fairway woods (3 and 5) and Vapor Pro blade irons. He also will use a Nike RZN Black ball for the first time in competition.

The World Challenge runs Thursday through Sunday at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

At a media event in New York in August, Woods had the following to say about his efforts to switch clubs in the past year ...

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Andy Zunz
Tiger Woods will return to action Thursday at the Hero World Challenge.
Tiger Woods will return to action Thursday at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods is set to return to action Thursday, but will his swing look any different since he parted ways with instructor Sean Foley?

The Tiger Woods Foundation posted a video on its Twitter account (@TWFoundation) of Woods taking cuts Monday at the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs Monday, just a few days before he's set to return to action at the Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Fla. He has not competed in a professional event since the PGA Championship in August.

Here's a look at Woods' swing:

Andy Zunz
Tiger Woods has five victories at the World Challenge in its 14-year history, with his first coming in 2001.
Tiger Woods has five victories at the World Challenge in its 14-year history, with his first coming in 2001.

Tiger Woods is set to make his much-anticipated return to professional golf Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, but it will be at a bit of a different setting. The event, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, will be played at Isleworth Golf and Country Club for the first time after being hosted at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., since 2000.

Still, Woods has had plenty of success at the World Challenge to think about as he hits the course once again. He has won the event five times, mounting comebacks on some occasions and crushing the field ...

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Jim McCabe
Tiger Woods has been working on his swing with Texas-based instructor Chris Como.
Tiger Woods has been working on his swing with Texas-based instructor Chris Como.

Tiger Woods leaned on one of his oldest friends, Notah Begay III, to find his newest swing coach, Chris Como.

Though to be honest, Woods on his Twitter account didn’t call the 37-year-old Texan his “swing coach.” Instead, Woods announced that he was “happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing.”

Como is based out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, and has worked with Aaron Baddeley, Trevor Immelman and Jamie Lovemark. He also is working on a masters degree in biomechanics. He replaces Sean Foley, who coached Woods for four years before ...

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Golfweek Staff
Tiger Woods will return to action at the Hero World Challenge, and he will do so with a new swing coach, Chris Como.
Tiger Woods will return to action at the Hero World Challenge, and he will do so with a new swing coach, Chris Como.

The search is over.

Tiger Woods announced Saturday via Twitter that he has chosen Chris Como to be his new swing coach.

"Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I'm excited to be back competing," Woods wrote in the tweet.

Como, 37, is based out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas, and has worked with Aaron Baddeley, Trevor Immelman and Jamie Lovemark. He is currently working on a masters degree in biomechanics.

He replaces Sean Foley, who coached Woods for four years before the two split in August. Woods has also worked ...

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Alex Miceli
Tiger Woods wrote a piece of online commentary as a response to golf writer Dan Jenkins' fake interview with him.
Tiger Woods wrote a piece of online commentary as a response to golf writer Dan Jenkins' fake interview with him.

Depending on your vantage point, the recent Tiger Woods-Dan Jenkins feud is “much ado about nothing” or more “doth protest too much.”

Like a Shakespearean play, the dust-up at the very least is comical.

Jenkins, playing the role of the spurned journalist who wants to get his point across about Woods, mixes rumor and innuendo with some snippets of common knowledge to form an unflattering portrait of Woods for a question-and-answer satirical piece in the December issue of Golf Digest.

For Woods, the parody rehashes what already has been in the public domain for years. In his response, released Tuesday ...

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Golfweek Staff
Lindsey Vonn supported boyfriend Tiger Woods as he responded this week to a parody by golf writer Dan Jenkins.
Lindsey Vonn supported boyfriend Tiger Woods as he responded this week to a parody by golf writer Dan Jenkins.

Lindsey Vonn has voiced support for boyfriend Tiger Woods in the aftermath of a parody directed at Woods by Golf Digest writer Dan Jenkins. Jenkins bylined a fake interview with Woods for the December issue of the magazine, and Woods fired back by posting his own article on theplayerstribune.com, a site founded by former New York Yankees player Derek Jeter.

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“We talked about the article and that he was going to say something,” Vonn told USA Today on Tuesday. “I completely agree with him. I agree with his statement and ...

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Brentley Romine
Tiger Woods responded Tuesday to a parody piece written by Dan Jenkins that appeared in the December issue of Golf Digest.
Tiger Woods responded Tuesday to a parody piece written by Dan Jenkins that appeared in the December issue of Golf Digest.

Tiger Woods responded Tuesday to a parody piece that appeared in the December issue of Golf Digest.

Woods was the subject of the story, "My Interview with Tiger," a fake interview written by Dan Jenkins. The article, organized in a question-and-answer format, was intended as a satirical piece. However, it also depicted Woods in a bad light, including imaginary quotes such as "I like to fire people" and "I just don't understand why you're supposed to tip people."

Woods penned an article for ThePlayersTribune.com to show his displeasure.

"Journalistically and ethically, can you sink any lower?" Woods ...

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Adam Schupak
Lee Trevino spoke Nov. 7 at the Western Golf Association’s Green Coat Gala, and included several thoughts on the state of Tiger Woods' game.
Lee Trevino spoke Nov. 7 at the Western Golf Association’s Green Coat Gala, and included several thoughts on the state of Tiger Woods' game.

CHICAGO – Count six-time major winner Lee Trevino among those who think Tiger Woods is destined for future glory on the PGA Tour. Trevino, speaking before the Western Golf Association’s Green Coat Gala on Nov. 7, still believes Woods will find a way to win again, but he issued one caveat.

“I think his future is still bright if he does it on his own,” Trevino said, “because now that he’s had the knee done, he’s had the back operation twice. Now he’s going to have to adapt to that. He’s got to adapt to which ...

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Brentley Romine
Tiger Woods is hitting balls again on the range, according to his agent Mark Steinberg.
Tiger Woods is hitting balls again on the range, according to his agent Mark Steinberg.

Tiger Woods has returned to the practice range. Woods, who underwent microdiscectomy surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back on March 31 before making a brief return to the PGA Tour, had been limited to chipping and putting but is now hitting fuller shots, according to an Oct. 20 report by USA Today.

"The doctors said he could hit golf balls again, and he's listening to his doctors and to his body," Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told USA Today. "He will keep listening to his doctors and body. … He's feeling pretty good."

Woods, 38, is scheduled ...

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Brentley Romine
Donnie Trosper tied Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with his fourth AJGA victory after winning the Ping Invitational.
Donnie Trosper tied Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with his fourth AJGA victory after winning the Ping Invitational.

Donnie Trosper joined some elite company Monday in Stillwater, Okla.

Trosper, a 17-year-old from Canton, Mich., won the Ping Invitational for his fourth AJGA victory of the season, tying him with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for second all-time.

"Just to be in the same category with them, that's just awesome," said Trosper, who is one victory behind Seung-Su Han's record of five AJGA wins in a season.

Trosper won the Coca-Cola Junior at Boyne Highlands, Memorial Junior and Randy Wise Junior before notching the biggest victory of his junior-golf career Monday at Karsten Creek.

"It's just ...

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October 14, 2014 | 5:49 p.m.

Field for 2014 Hero World Challenge set

Brentley Romine
Tiger Woods at Quicken Loans National in 2014.
Tiger Woods at Quicken Loans National in 2014.

The 18-player field for the Hero World Challenge is now set.

Along with Tiger Woods, defending champion Zach Johnson, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and 2013-14 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel are among this year's participants in the Dec. 4-7 event at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

The players competing account for a combined 166 PGA Tour wins and 21 major championships.

Here is the full field (Official World Golf Ranking in parentheses):

  • Henrik Stenson (4)
  • Jim Furyk (5)
  • Justin Rose (6)
  • Bubba Watson (7)
  • Jason Day (8)
  • Matt Kuchar (9)
  • Rickie Fowler (10)
  • Jordan Spieth ...

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Rich Skyzinski
Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson share a laugh as they attend the closing ceremony for the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club golf course.
Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson share a laugh as they attend the closing ceremony for the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club golf course.

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda — The PGA of America’s Ryder Cup task force is officially on the clock.

Just hours after the PGA of America announced the creation of an 11-person body to develop policies and procedures that will potentially help reverse Ryder Cup fortunes, which have seen U.S. teams lose eight of the last 10 matches and go more than two decades without a win away from home, informal talks about logistics began. The co-chairs of the task force, PGA of America vice president Derek Sprague and chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua, are here for the 32nd PGA Grand Slam ...

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Alex Miceli
Paul Azinger, left, and Tiger Woods were teammates on the 2002 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Paul Azinger, left, and Tiger Woods were teammates on the 2002 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

It's hardly a surprise at seeing the names of the prominent American golfers who have agreed to serve on a Ryder Cup task force. Rather, it's surprising to see who is not on the list.

According to a story in Golf World's digital issue that was released Monday, the Ryder Cup task force, which has not been formally announced, will assemble to right the wrongs of a stinging 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 loss to Europe, the Americans' third in a row and eighth in the past 10 matches. That list will include Tiger Woods, Phil ...

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Brentley Romine
Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar fired an 11-under 59 at Stanford Golf Course.
Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar fired an 11-under 59 at Stanford Golf Course.

Stanford sophomore Viraat Badhwar might have had one of the best weekends of his life.

One day after meeting Tiger Woods, who was visiting his alma mater to help induct former teammate Notah Begay into Stanford's hall of fame, Badhwar shot an 11-under 59 Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.

"My first 59, it was a pretty cool experience," Badhwar said. "I just kind of got on a roll. ... It was fun."

The score breaks the previous course record of 61, set by Badhwar and Stanford women's golfer Mariah Stackhouse.

Badhwar's teammate, fellow sophomore Maverick McNealy, tweeted out ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Tiger Woods dropped from the No. 1 spot as the most valuable individual athlete in sports based on financial impact, according to Forbes, in 2014.
Tiger Woods dropped from the No. 1 spot as the most valuable individual athlete in sports based on financial impact, according to Forbes, in 2014.

There's a new king of the sports world when it comes to their financial value, according to Forbes – and he's no longer a golfer.

LeBron James has taken the top spot from Tiger Woods in the magazine's 2014 rankings. As James' brand value rose to $37 million this year, Woods' dropped to $36 million and he slipped to the No. 2 spot.

Woods had spent seven years as the individual athlete with the highest financial value. Forbes said it calculated values for the individual athletes based on "their endorsement income, less the average endorsement income of top ...

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Andy Zunz
Tiger Woods at Quicken Loans National in 2014.
Tiger Woods at Quicken Loans National in 2014.

The Quicken Loans National will move to TPC Potomac (Md.) at Avenel Farm for the 2016-17 season.

The tournament, which raises funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation, will be played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., July 27-Aug. 2 in 2015 and at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in 2016.

The tournament was known as the AT&T National from 2007-13.

“My foundation is deeply committed to the D.C. area with our three learning centers and Earl Woods Scholarship Program students,” Tiger Woods, a two-time Quicken Loans National champion, said in a release. “We are ...

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Brentley Romine
Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams during the PGA Tour's 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.
Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams during the PGA Tour's 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

After ending his association with Adam Scott in September, caddie Steve Williams said that he plans to retire, but would also consider part-time work in 2015, according to The Associated Press.

"(I'm) 90 percent certain it's going to be a permanent break from caddying," Williams, 50, told the AP.

The New Zealand caddie, however, didn't rule out returning to work for his former boss, Tiger Woods, if asked.

"He's definitely someone I'd consider," Williams told the AP. "He's a tremendous talent, but it's hard to say right now because it's only two ...

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September 30, 2014 | 3:04 p.m.

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Jupiter, Fla.

Cassie Stein
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is about to take a seat at a new table: as a restaurant owner.

Woods has partnered with Allied Capital and Development of South Florida to develop The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club. The restaurant will be part of Harbourside Place, a 10-acre waterfront retail and entertainment development destined to be Jupiter’s downtown.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Tiger’s new establishment operating within Harbourside Place,” Nicholas Mastroianni II, president and CEO of Allied Capital & Development of South Florida, said in a release.

Details are not finalized, but the restaurant's original design ...

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Alex Miceli
Jack Nicklaus, captain of the 1987 U.S. Ryder Cup team, looks over the inscription of the cup following opening ceremonies at Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Other team members are, Payne Stewart, left, Andy Bean, rear, and Larry Mize, right.
Jack Nicklaus, captain of the 1987 U.S. Ryder Cup team, looks over the inscription of the cup following opening ceremonies at Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Other team members are, Payne Stewart, left, Andy Bean, rear, and Larry Mize, right.

AUCHTERARDER, Scotland – Jack Nicklaus has felt the pain of losing a Ryder Cup as a captain. In 1987, the Europeans marched into Dublin, Ohio, and snatched the prize at – of all places – Muirfield Village Golf Club.

It was Europe’s first win on U.S. soil and would start a trend – a disconcerting one, if you are a U.S. fan – of losing eight of the past 13 and tying another.

Tom Watson and Nicklaus are friends.

Their friendship goes far back, to epic duels at Turnberry and Pebble Beach.

So it’s no wonder that Nicklaus was complimentary of ...

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Andy Zunz
Heath and Aaron Grewell walk the fairways of Merion Golf Club as part of the Tiger Woods Foundation Charity Playoffs.
Heath and Aaron Grewell walk the fairways of Merion Golf Club as part of the Tiger Woods Foundation Charity Playoffs.

After spending years idolizing Tiger Woods, Aaron Grewell was moments away from getting the chance to pound fists with the golf legend, say something, maybe even share some eye contact.

But the 11-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was too shy when Woods walked by at Muirfield Village Golf Club, site of the 2013 Presidents Cup. He put his head down while his uncle, Heath Grewell, shouted Tiger's name.

Aaron is is still shy. But his love of golf, his fandom of Woods and his passion for helping others have helped him overcome his timidity, and the latter has given him ...

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Jim McCabe
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were paired by Hal Sutton for the 2004 Ryder Cup -- and underperformed.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were paired by Hal Sutton for the 2004 Ryder Cup -- and underperformed.

With great caution, Hal Sutton delivered his words. For good reason, it seems. The 2004 Ryder Cup is still a source of heartache.

“I quit the game for five years after that,” he said. “I was so disgusted with the armchair quarterbacks, the people who don’t know anything about golf.”

It wasn’t so much that the Americans lost at Oakland Hills Country Club, or how it was a humbling 181/2-91/2 debacle. It was the way in which the critics unloaded on the captain, Sutton, for his decision to pair a dynamic duo, Tiger Woods and Phil ...

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Nick Masuda

Tiger Woods spoke to Golfweek.com about his foundation's new amateur series and remembered how he and his friends were able to enjoy similar experiences in his youth.

"I think it's important for amateurs … to play golf courses they normally won't have access to," Woods said Monday at Isleworth in Windermere, Fla., after a news conference. "… They will be able to contribute dollars to our foundation and meanwhile have a great experience of playing Merion, Congressional, some great golf courses around our country, and for them to basically partner up with some of their buddies. I remember ...

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