Tiger Woods will return to his mother's home country for the first time in 10 years next month. He's scheduled to play in a one-day skins tournament on Nov. 8, part of ongoing celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th year of rule.
"The last time I played in Thailand was in 2000. I am really looking forward to coming back and hopefully win it all!" Woods "said" in a statement that Woods himself probably never even came within a thousand miles of saying. (The exclamation point was the dead giveaway.)
Publicity gimmicks aside, this ought to be a fun tournament. Woods will be playing with Paul Casey, Camilo Villegas and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand. Total prize money will be $300,000, and the players all agreed to donate their winnings to charities overseen by King Bhumibol. (I find nothing unsual in that at all.) The golfers will wear pink shirts in deference to the ailing king.
Woods will drop in and drop out, spending about 24 hours in Bangkok after completing play in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He'll bolt from there to Australia to play in the Australian Masters, an event he won last year.