Jul
31
2012
Tiger sighting in Kiawah Island
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Woods looking for a major W

Tiger Woods, along with Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott, played a practice round at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Tuesday, for next week’s final major of the year, the PGA Championship, according to the tournament’s Twitter feed (which was also confirmed by the AP).

No word whether or not they joined up for a three-ball, though. Doubtful.

Similar to his pre-U.S. Open prep — he went to Olympic Golf Club on the Tuesday before and arrived at The Memorial Tournament later that evening — Woods opted to get in an extra rep at the venue of the following week’s major instead of playing a practice round at Firestone, where he’s won won 7 times in 12 starts. (Stevie Williams has him beat with 8 victories after last year’s interesting finish, which he called “the best win of my career.”) Besides, everything here is pretty much “right in front of you,” as they say.

Stevie and Scott, the defending champs, will make their first start since the disappointing choke finish — four bogeys in the last four holes — that cost him the Open Championship less than two weeks ago. Scott, who handled the loss with grace and poise, will meet with the media on Wednesday morning at 9am, where we’ll bombard him with questions on whether or not it ever really hit him and when it actually did, etc. I have a feeling he’ll recover just fine. This week will be a good preview.

Tiger is still searching for that elusive 15th major. Glory’s last shot is coming up next week — will it be the one where it all comes together for him?

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Though no one seems to notice, there’s free money being handed out on the Tour with the $8.5 million purse at the WGC event at Firestone. It’s a limited field of 78 players. There were a few press conferences today (Tuesday), but due to the late arrivals, most of them are tomorrow. Here’s the schedule and the first- and second-round pairings…

Adam Scott – 9:00 a.m.
Luke Donald – 9:30 p.m.
Ernie Els – 11:00 a.m.
Tiger Woods – 1:00 p.m.
Keegan Bradley – 3:00 p.m.
Ambassador of Golf Nick Faldo – 5:45 p.m. clubhouse lobby

That’s Ambassador of Golf SIR Nick Faldo!

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(Getty Images/Streeter Lecka)