Woods tweets commitment to two more tournaments
To add to his stunning performance at the Honda Classic, Tiger Woods gave his fans further reason to celebrate his comeback by confirming that he would be playing at two more tournaments before the Masters. The fourteen times major champion tweeted that owing to a good recovery week, he is committing to play next week’s Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which would be held the following week. While this would-be Woods’ first Valspar, he has already won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times. After undergoing a spine fusion surgery, he had been off the golf course for over a year. Earlier this year, Woods resumed his play, finishing 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open and missing the cut at the Genesis Open. His solid 70 at the Honda Classic, where he finished 12th, can be seen as his true comeback. Woods is optimistic about playing four of five weeks with the above two starts, before turning his gaze to Magnolia Lane for the Masters, a tournament he has won four times in the past.
Shubhankar Sharma leads WCG at Mexico
Shubhankar Sharma got the better of some of the world’s highest ranked players and took a two-shot lead at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. The 21-year-old gained attention over the past three months with his victories at the Asian Tour and the European Tour events, which took place in South Africa and Malaysia. Coming back to his game last Friday at the Chapultepec Golf Club, Sharma hit an eagle on the opening hole. Though he bogeyed successively at the second and third holes, the Race to Dubai leader kept a steady head and recovered by hitting birdies on the 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th and 18th. Sharma, who turned pro at the age of 16, is ecstatic on getting this advantage at his first WGC. Renowned tournament champions Sergio Garcia, XanderSchauffele, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tyrell Hatton share the second position on the WGC leaderboard while defending WGC champion Dustin Johnson is in a tie for the fifth.
Michelle Wie puts up a strong game at HSBC Women’s World Championship
American golfer Michelle Wie shone bright in the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship, where she finished second on the leader board. It has been fourteen years since Wie got recognition in the world of golf and her performance at the Sentosa Golf Club clearly showed that she still has it in her. The 28-year-old posted a five-under 67, ending up in a tie for second position with South Korean Ji EunHee. Michelle, who is also the 2014 US Women’s Open winner, had briefly sat atop the leaderboard before Jennifer Song beat her with a score of 65. Wie’s scorecard included seven birdies and two bogeys on the third and last holes.