Tiger Woods says travel concerns led him to skip Saudi event

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 14, 2019

Sources told ESPN that the Genesis Open will receive "elevated status, " which means it will have a significantly higher purse, offer a three-year PGA Tour exemption to the victor (up from two years) and will have an invitational field that will be reduced to 120 players.

Woods missed the cut here past year in just his second full-field PGA Tour start after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, but he has high hopes of contending for his 81st career title on a course that remains one of his favourites despite his lack of success. The 1992 L.A. Open served as Woods' PGA Tour debut, in the field as a 16-year-old amateur.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational, which the late golf legend founded in 1979 at this Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida, and the the Memorial Tournament, which Nicklaus began in 1976 at a course he designed near his Columbus, Ohio, home, are events that operate in a similar fashion. It's been a while. "So hopefully I can do a little bit better this year". Back in September, the top 30 players in the FedExCup standings secured the first spots in the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship field.

"I played well that day, I shot 64 so I enjoyed the way I played". "He's a great kid and we've got close over the years". I've always enjoyed watching him play, how he's developed and the amount of tournaments he's won and the majors and the margins he's won.

"President Trump has been very busy up in DC, hasn't played a lot of golf - hasn't had the tan that (comes from) playing in the outside", Woods said.

Woods then revealed he had turned down an invitation to join a star-studded field for the inaugural Saudi International, where Dustin Johnson emerged victorious two weeks ago, although he insisted that it was a logistical decision rather than humanitarian.

PGA Tour starts aren't just handed out when you're a college player.

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