Ernie Els invited to the Augusta National
Ernie Els had reported on Twitter that he had received an invitation to the Augusta National in April. Many thought that Ernie had received the invitation to play at the Masters. On being questioned further, the four-time major champion winner clarified that he wasn’t invited to play the Masters tournament but it was an invitation to be an honorary guest. The Augusta National has a tradition of welcoming past champions to be honorary guests at the tournament. Ernie later clarified that he still needs to qualify to play at the Augusta National Masters. Although Augusta National offers exemptions to many international players, Ernie Els did not make the cut. Augusta National chairman, Fred Ridley said that the honorary invitees at the tournament are a matter of great pride held over many years. The Masters give the invitees special access to anywhere; they are also provided clubhouse badges, gifts and a $1000 stipend.
Tiger Woods parts ways with his swing coach
Tiger Woods parted ways from his long time swing coach Chris Como. Woods announced that he was learning on his own and preparing his comeback in 2018 on his terms. After his lower back fusion surgery, Woods said that he is relearning his body. Tiger Woods, a multiple time winner and one of the biggest names in the sporting world, said that he will always have respect for his former swing coach and thanked him for all his hard work. In his first tournament in over 10 months, at the Hero World Challenge, Woods showed a lot of power in his swings, hitting in the 60s in the first few rounds. Although Woods was tied for ninth, people began to see glimpses of the old and prevailing Tiger Woods who dominated golf a few years ago.
Shiv Kapur wins his third Asian title
Indian golfer, Shiv Kapur won the Royal Cup, his third Asian title in Pattaya, Thailand. Shiv Kapur produced rather a dramatic reversal in the final stages to win the tournament. The 35 year old Indian golfer had a phenomenal 2017, where he won three Asian titles. This is from the man who had just managed to grab a solitary win in 11 years and then went on to win thrice in the past eight months. Kapur faced some stiff competition in the form of his fellow countryman Gaganjeet Bhullar and Khalin Joshi. Shiv Kapur finished with figures of four under 67 finishing at 14 under, with Thailand’s Prom Meesawat finished at 13 under. Shiv Kapur won his first Asian title in 2005 in his debut season and then he had to wait another 11 years for his next win, his triumph in April.