Tiger Woods kicks off new charity series
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods
Tiger and charity!

Tiger loves charity!

Tiger Woods is launching a new initiative to raise money for his foundation via the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs, an amateur series spanning over five months on eight courses that rewards the best players and fundraisers with a final event in Orlando, Florida, at the end of the year, according to the Associated Press:

“My foundation provides really awesome experiences, and this event allows all golfers to play cool courses for charity,” Woods said in an email through his foundation.

Two-person teams can select a regional qualifying tournament with a registration fee ($500 per player on most courses), a $1,000 charity pledge and a goal of fundraising. The teams with the low net and gross score from each site, along with any team that raises $10,000 or more, qualify for the Charity Playoff Finals on Dec. 1-2.

Finalists gets two days of golf, two nights in the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, a private exhibition with Woods and clubhouse credentials to the World Challenge. The team that raises the most money will get pro-am spots in the three PGA Tour-affiliated events for 2015.

The first event will be held May 27 at Cascata In Las Vegas. Other courses in the rotation are Congressional, Merion, Trump National in New Jersey, Sherwood Country Club, Pelican Hill, Innisbrook and Myopia Hunt.

The series was first introduced three weeks ago (probably to really wealthy people). Since then, 31 donors have already signed up for Merion, where the U.S. Open was played last year.

“We wanted to reach out to a new audience, amateur players, who can play these great courses and raise money for charities,” foundation spokeswoman Emily Taylor said.

The Tiger Woods Foundation has seven learning centers and funds the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. Five events have mainly raised money for these initiatives — the Tiger Jam in Vegas, a charity concert and poker night and the Tiger Woods Invitational (a private tourney for donors at Pebble Beach), along with the Quicken Loans National and Deutsche Bank Championship and the PGA Tour and Tiger’s 18-player World Challenge in December.

Golfers can sign up for the new Playoff Series at www.twcharityplayoffs.com.


(Photo by the Tiger Woods Foundation)