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  • Tiger Woods says he'll play World Challenge

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    Tiger Woods minced no words with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday, sounding definitive when he said he would play again.

    When Colbert asked when to expect Woods to make his comeback after a false start at the Safeway Open and pulling out of the Turkish Airlines Open, Woods said he is in for his tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

    “I’ll be there,” Woods said. “I’m playing.”

    “You’re going to play?” Colbert asked to clarify.

    “I’ll be there playing,” Woods responded.

    In announcing his decision to pull out of the Safeway Open, Woods reiterated his intention to play in the World Challenge, a year after a sullen news conference at the same tournament in which he said anything he accomplished in golf beyond his 79 PGA Tour wins and 14 majors would be “gravy.”

    Woods explained to Colbert why he withdrew from the Safeway Open, expounding on his website post in which he said his game is “vulnerable.”

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Tiger Woods' only regret? Dropping out of Stanford

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 days ago

    Tiger Woods is a guy who is always looking forward, it seems.

    After all, he still firmly believes, 14-plus months removed from any kind of significant competitive golf, that he will beat Jack Nicklaus’ tally of 18 majors. He’s revealed plans for the post-golf phase of his life, bringing all of his off-course enterprises under a brand dubbed TGR, even as he toils to get his back and conditioning right to make one last return inside the ropes.

    So, you’d imagine, then, that Woods is a guy with few regrets. In fact, Woods told Charlie Rose in an interview that he only has one.

    “If you look back, the only regret I have in life is not spending another year at Stanford (to finish out), and I wish I would’ve had one more year,” Woods said.

    Rose, somewhat stunned, pressed. Woods affirmed his answer.

    “All the things I’ve been through are tough, yes,” he said. “They’ve been tough, but they’ve been great for me, but I wish I would’ve gone one more year at Stanford.”

    Woods, asked about his divorce from Elin Nordegren, seemed more matter of fact about the actions that led to that breaking point.

  • Tiger Woods still believes he can win more majors than Jack Nicklaus

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 days ago

    Tiger Woods still believes he can beat Jack Nicklaus’ 18-major tally. In an interview on “The Charlie Rose Show,” the interviewer asked the 14-time major winner if he thinks he can pass Nicklaus.

    ROSE: Do you believe you’ll get 18 majors?

    WOODS: To be honest with you, no.

    ROSE: You don’t?

    WOODS: No.

    ROSE: You’ve accepted that?

    WOODS: I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.

    On first blush, it might be tempting to read this as an admission that Woods feels he won’t pass Nicklaus. However, it should be read as Woods setting up Rose for the second answer, saying that he still believes he will win at least 19 professional majors.

    Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since August 2015, finishing T-10 at the Wyndham Championship before a pair of back surgeries in the next two months that have kept him out of action. Woods withdrew from the Safeway Open, his intended comeback start, on the Monday of tournament week while simultaneously announcing that he won’t play either at the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in November.

    Woods said to Rose that the thing keeping him from returning is “more hard work.”

  • Jason Day doesn't expect Tiger Woods to play this year

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

    Tiger Woods’ comeback has stalled, with the 14-time major winner bowing out of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open on the Monday of tournament week. He’s backed out of a planned start at the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in November. The next time we could expect to see Woods compete is the Hero World Challenge, run by his foundation, in December in the Bahamas.

    However, world No. 1 Jason Day doesn’t expect Woods to make that start, and he was skeptical of Woods’ ability to return when he announced his intention to come back to competitive golf in September.

    “I never really had any faith in him coming back this year,” Day said, according to Golf Australia. “The state of his game, I’m not sure. His back is so sore. I think we’ll see him sometime next year, but I’m not sure when.”

    “I think he misses being out here, which is understandable because the competition is so addicting,” Day said. “He saw Phil Mickelson playing well at the Open Championship, and that got him going. But he knows he can’t push it.”

  • Love, Woosnam, Ochoa, Mallon head 2017 World Golf Hall of Fame class

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago

    The World Golf Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class, which includes 1997 PGA champion Davis Love III, 1991 Masters winner Ian Woosnam, multi-time LPGA major winners Lorena Ochoa and Meg Mallon, as well Henry Longhurst.

    Love, the winning 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, has won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2015 Wyndham Championship at the age of 51. His lone major came in the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot in New York. He also twice won The Players, including with a closing 64 in 2003.

    The Englishman Woosnam, now 58, won the 1991 Masters amid 29 European Tour titles. Woosnam was a two-time European Tour Player of the Year, in 1987 and ’90, and he was the winning Ryder Cup captain in 2006.

    The Mexican-born Ochoa dominated the LPGA in the mid-2000s before shocking the golf world with her retirement from the tour in 2010 at the age of 28, with plans to start a family. In her career, she won 27 times on the LPGA, including a pair of major championship titles. Ochoa earns induction in the first year she was eligible, now five years removed from being an active LPGA member.

  • Brendan Steele picks up second PGA Tour win at Safeway Open

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

    On Sunday, Brendan Steele avenged a disappointing Sunday in California wine country from a year ago.

    Steele won the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif., picking up his second PGA Tour win and first since his breakthrough victory at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. The California native finished with three consecutive birdies to pull off a one-stroke win over Patton Kizzire at 18-under 270.

    A year ago, Steele led through 54 holes in the PGA Tour’s season opener but closed with a 76 that dropped him into a tie for 17th place while Emiliano Grillo beat Kevin Na in a playoff for his first PGA Tour title. This time around, Steele opened the final round — which came on Sunday after the third round was completed in the morning, and with a multi-hour weather delay around lunch time — five back of the lead. Steele’s finish capped off a closing 7-under 65 that set the mark for the final few threesomes to chase.

    The victory is important for Steele not only because it gets him off to a great start in a new season, but he also gets a two-season exemption, as well an invitation to the Masters and the PGA Championship next year.

  • European Tour looking into rocket attack near Turkish tournament host

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

    European Tour officials have spent the weekend investigating reports of a rocket attack in the Turkish southern city of Antalya, host to the forthcoming Turkish Airlines Open.

    On Friday, Turkish media reported two rockets were fired into the town from a mountainous area near a highway linking Antalya to another resort town, Kemer. No one was killed or injured in the explosion, which evidently targeted a fuel tanker but hit a storage house for a nearby fishing company.

    “As a matter of priority, we are currently investigating [Friday’s] incident in the Antalya region with our security consultants and local authorities,” said a European Tour spokesman on Friday, according to PA Sport. “We will update further as soon as possible.”

    Turkey has been target of multiple terror attacks dating back to 2015, blamed on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Islamic State group. A failed military coup was quelled in July.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Former Euro Ryder Cup captain McGinley: Expect '18 captain by Christmas

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

    The Europeans are already deliberating about who will take the reins from Darren Clarke for the 2018 Ryder Cup matches in Paris.

    According to winning 2014 captain Paul McGinley, the Europeans will identify the new captain around Christmas.

    “We’ll be appointing a new skipper probably this side of Christmas,” McGinley said at the British Masters on Sunday, according to Reuters. “We are very disappointed to have lost the Ryder Cup. It hurts to lose … the event goes from strength to strength, this time it didn’t go our way but we’ll re-galvanize and come at the Americans again.”

    So, who will be the new European captain? Three names come immediately to mind. Miguel Angel Jimenez was considered for the 2016 captaincy before Clarke ultimately earned the confidence of the voting committee. Thomas Bjorn, a long-time European Tour player leader and a man who was loyal to the Tour when it would have been easy to jump to the PGA Tour in search of more money, will get a chance to lead. It could come in 2018. Padraig Harrington, a three-time major winner, will also get his turn. It may perhaps be too soon to put him forward for Paris, but his name is in the discussions.

  • Stephen Curry loses basketball contest to PGA Tour player Harold Varner III

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 10 days ago

    Stephen Curry was supposed to play in the Wednesday pro-am at the Safeway Open with Tiger Woods, pitting the NBA star and MVP against the greatest golfer of this generation. Well, that didn’t happen. But, Curry was still on hand at Silverado Resort to flex his single-digit handicap game … and show off his basketball skills, too.

    Turns out, Curry got bested in both by a PGA Tour pro.

    Curry played with Harold Varner III, entering his second season on the PGA Tour, in the pro-am. Throughout the course, basketball nets were set up, perhaps by fans, to encourage Curry to flex his shooting muscles. On one hole, Curry and Varner were trying to nail down what amounts to a half-court heave from inside the ropes. Both guys had been missing, when Varner steps up and slapped Curry with the B in B-O-G-E-Y.

    There have been bigger upsets, but few as enormous as this in the annals of golf course basketball. ⛳️????

    Curry ???? Varner III ✅

    — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 12, 2016

    It’s a great shot for Varner with an awesome reaction from both guys.

  • Phil Mickelson plans to play in 2018 Ryder Cup in France

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 10 days ago

    Phil Mickelson plans on being in France for the 2018 Ryder Cup — as a player, not as an assistant captain.

    The 46-year-old went 2-1-1 at Hazeltine in the role of de facto playing vice-captain, including making 10 birdies to halve his Sunday singles match against Sergio Garcia. He was credited, along with Tiger Woods and captain Davis Love III, with coming up with the game plan that helped the U.S. end a three-match losing skid against the European side, headed by Darren Clarke.

    Mickelson has been a mainstay on American teams — Ryder and Presidents Cups — since 1995, not missing one and not needing a wild-card pick to make any of them. The five-time major winner figures there’s nothing that should stop him from making the next two U.S. teams, both at the Presidents Cup in New Jersey next September and in Paris for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

    Mickelson is clearly pleased with the results of that coup, and he’s hoping to be an intimate part of the next step.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.