Golf News – April 23, 2014

Golf News – April 23, 2014

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2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Five Players To Watch

It typically takes a score in the mid-to-high teens under par or better to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which starts Thursday at TPC Louisiana. Defending champ Billy Horschel was victorious in 2013 with a score of 20-under par.

Needless to say, it’s a birdie-fest. The putter is going to have to be hot, but the irons are also going to need to be sharp in order to spy those birdie looks.

A solid field that includes 25 players who have won on the PGA Tour in the last two years, as well as several major champions, means it should be a shootout.

Here are five players you’ll want to watch.

To see the 5 players to watch, click HERE.

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Tiger Woods creates new tournament series for amateurs to benefit charity

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods is hosting another tournament, this one for recreational golfers on courses that include Merion and Congressional, and a gem north of Boston that a century ago was reputed to be the toughest U.S. Open course.

The Tiger Woods Foundation, which has seven learning centers and funds the Earl Woods Scholarship Program, has been raising money primarily through five events. There’s the Tiger Jam in Las Vegas (a charity concert and poker night) and the Tiger Woods Invitational (a private tournament for donors at Pebble Beach). The foundation also benefits from the Quicken Loans National and Deutsche Bank Championship on the PGA Tour, and his 18-man World Challenge in December.

The latest venture is called the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs. It’s an amateur golf series that stretches over five months on eight golf courses, and it rewards the best players and fundraisers with a final event in Orlando at the end of the year.

To read the complete story, click HERE.

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Michelle Wie returns to Bay Area, looking to keep her momentum going

DALY CITY, Calif. – A beaming Michelle Wie explained her oversized visor as a necessary new addition after recently discovering wrinkles at age 24, then good-naturedly defended her unique, hunched-over putting stroke because Jack Nicklaus uses it.

Improved sun protection and short game aside, Wie is riding high after a comeback win in her home state of Hawaii last week. Now, she returns to familiar ground in the Bay Area looking to build on her first LPGA Tour victory in nearly four years when she competes in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic – just up the road from her former university, Stanford.

After arriving in town early Monday, Wie took a nap before visiting the university, where she “wanted to hug every single freshman I saw.” She enjoyed a tour of new athletic facilities and is determined to represent Stanford well in her first visit back to San Francisco since graduating in the spring of 2012.

To read the complete story, click HERE.

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Andrew Bogren

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Drew is passionate about keeping up on the latest in golf technology and staying on top of the latest products and offerings from around the industry. When Drew is away from the golf world, he works in the Chicago area as an accountant and lives with his wife.

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