SI‘s China correspondent reports from Shanghai that Tiger Woods’ interaction and demeanor toward the shutter-happy Chinese friends has totally changed this year. He’s smiling, acknowledging the crowd (even when he bogeys!) and signing lots of autographs.
Tag: HSBC Champions
PGA Tour Eligibility Changes for HSBC Champions: How Can an Event Count for an Official Win But Not Official Money?
The Tour has revamped some details to the perks of PGA Tour members playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament, which caught my eye because one provision contradicts another.
–For 2010 and going forward, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai will count as an official PGA TOUR victory and offer a three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR – provided it is won by a PGA TOUR member.
–The change is not retroactive, meaning that Phil Mickelson’s win in 2009 does not count toward his official victory total.
–If a non-PGA TOUR member wins the HSBC Champions, he would not receive a PGA TOUR exemption, but he would qualify for the SBS Championship Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
–Prize money from the $7 million purse does NOT, however, count toward the official PGA TOUR money list, even if a PGA TOUR member wins.
At the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson revealed a shocking secret: since the week before the US Open, he’s been suffering from psoriatic arthritis. And as part of the treatment, doctors prescribed him a vegetarian diet, which the part-owner of Five Guys, a fast food burger joint, was embracing. Earlier this week at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Phil was asked for the status of his moratorium on meat. Prognosis: Not so good, reports the AP.
Sidelined for all but two tournaments since withdrawing from the last World Golf Championship event in August due to a calf injury, Lee Westwood shot six-under 66 at the HSBC Champions in his debut as the world’s No. 1 ranked player. He trails Francesco Molinari of The Molinari Brothers, who made four straight birdies toward the end, by one shot.
Given the apocalypse that has befallen Tiger Woods, and, let’s face it, golf in general, how are we to deal with the fact that…well, this from the AP:
For Woods, a victory would be especially meaningful now.
He has won a PGA Tour event in each of his 14 seasons, and the HSBC Champions is his last chance for 2010. It would count as an official victory if won by a PGA Tour member. The tour record for consecutive seasons with at least one victory is 17, held by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Woods has not come particularly close to winning all year.
As he did last year, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is traveling around Asia for ten days to boost his relationship with the China Golf Association, hoping to add more tournaments, according to the AP. With the HSBC Champions as a World Golf Championship event for the second year, the Tour decided it will count as an official PGA Tour victory if the winner is a PGA Tour member. Sounds like a way to encourage more American players to travel overseas because in the next ten years, they might be doing more of it — a la the LPGA.
I hope those blades are dull!
The first battle between Lee Westwood and Tiger Wood since the two switched spots in the world rankings was peculiar one, where swords were the weapon of choice. In the annual photo op for the HSBC Champions in Shanghai (remember last year’s?), the world’s top-four ranked players, Westwood, Woods, Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson gathered on the roof of the Peninsula Hotel on the Bund for a Tai Chi lesson. It appears Westwood and Tiger faced off, while Kaymer and Mickelson partnered up. Nice show of swordsmanship, guys!
Oh, but my favorite picture? I just can’t stop laughing…