For Course and Country Lee Westwood is the face of the European Tour, to the point that no one was surprised when he (yet again) turned down a PGA Tour card to continue playing across the pond in 2011. But the relationship between the Euro Tour and the world's newest No. 1 player is not all peaches and cream.
The Open and the BMW PGA Championship are the only two events being staged in England in 2011. Why? “I can’t get my head around it. English golf has never been so strong, we have 10 world-class Englishmen and we should all be getting together and playing an English Open or a European Open in England, even if the European Tour has to fund it.
“If the Tour want me to be an ambassador for an English Open then I am quite happy to do that.”
To a certain extent I can understand Westwood's frustration. Between him, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald, the English are having a major resurgence on the world stage, and there are very few tournaments to showcase them on their home soil. At the same time, Westwood is clearly barking up the wrong tree. Like any other business, the European Tour cares only about one thing: The Almighty Dollar Euro. Hopefully comments like this will get the attention of some of the island's heavy-hitting businesses–when the Tour hears the cash registers opening, that's when you'll see more golf in England. Now on the tee: You Have you ever had that dream where you step up to the first tee and find Tiger Woods waiting for you? It sounds like tournament organizers in the UAE are apparently ready to make that fantasy a reality for a very, very lucky golfer. From the European Tour:
"Organizers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic are offering amateur golfers the chance of a lifetime to play alongside Tiger Woods during the Pro Am tournament at the Emirates Golf Club on February 9, 2011.
Amateur golfers holding a valid handicap may visit the tournament website – www.golfindubai.org – to register online for free. A draw will be held two weeks before the start of the European Tour event to pick the lucky winner, who will join Woods and two other amateurs in the Pro Am, the traditional curtain-raiser a day before the main competition. The winner will also receive two season ‘golf in DUBAI’ hospitality tickets."
I usually hate the phrase "chance of a lifetime," but I can't fault them for using it here. Obviously, Woods plays the pro am at every event he enters, but how often do John and Jane Doe have a chance to tee it up with one of the best players in the world?
There's no way to say how much control Woods or the tourney will exert over the contest, but it's hard to believe that "almost any" amateur is eligible. For example, are they going to let a golf writer like me go out there and pepper Tiger with questions for 3 hours? I guess there's only one way to find out… Top Tweets With the possible exceptions of V-groove wedges and that awesome fake golf club that you can pee into, Twitter has been the most surprisingly popular golf technology in ages. Sure it's popular with non-golfers too (or so I've heard), but it's amazing how PGA pros from Ian Poulter to Stewart Cink to Tiger Woods (OMG!) have taken to the internet's newest toy in order to stay in touch with their fans. To celebrate, Golf World has put together some of the best Tweets of the year. There's plenty of great ones, but for me nothing can beat the moment that Michelle Wie finally figured out why she left the entire press room chuckling at this year's U.S. Women's Open.
"sooooo i just found out phi beta kappa is an academic society NOT a sorority…oops."