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April 19, 2017 - 1:24pm
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PGA Champion Jimmy Walker revealed in a press conference at the Valero Texas Open on Wednesday that's he's been diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

PGA Champion Jimmy Walker said he has felt fatigued since around Thanksgiving.

After a long PGA Tour season, his first major championship title at Baltusrol and a scintillating Ryder Cup win at Hazeltine, most might think the late-year fatigue was normal.

But lasting this long? Walker knew something wasn't right.

On Wednesday during a press conference at the Valero Texas Open, Walker told the media that he found out the Wednesday of Masters week the reason for his fatigue was discovered: Lyme disease.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

"My health is OK, I've just been very tired and fatigued," Walker said. "I've had no strength and it comes and goes in waves. It just hasn't been real fun. I actually tested positive for Lyme disease. I found that out the Wednesday of Augusta. We've been talking to a lot of doctors and I think that was more of what was going on as opposed to the mono.

"I think I've had it for a little while now," Walker added. "I haven't felt real good since Thanksgiving. I'm holding strong to that, but how long I've had it? I don't know. But I know I haven't felt great since about then. I've been talking to doctors and trying to figure out the course of action to take and get on some meds to get it going in the right direction."

Walker, a former Valero Texas Open champion, will play in this week's event -- he's a San Antonio resident.

He said there's still some results left to come in from outstanding tests, but is in the process of formulating a plan of action.

"We're trying to get all the information on what's going on first before we go," Walker said. "I'm not beging treated yet. But I'm ready."



April 19, 2017 - 12:17pm
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Dan McDonald/ readers share their favorite memories from times spent playing public golf courses.

Tiger Woods announced he'd be designing his first public course at Missouri's Big Cedar Lodge Resort on Tuesday.

The course, slated to open in 2019, will feature 19 holes -- the standard 18, plus one more to "settle wagers."

For many of us avid golfers, there's that one public course that has a special place in our heart. It might not be the nicest place in the world condition-wise (maybe it is), the bunkers might be more concrete than sand (maybe that's not the case), but darn it, it's perfect to you. It's where you play the majority of your golf and it's a place you know like the back of your hand.

With that in mind, we reached out to our 414,000+ friends in Facebook Nation and asked you to tell us about the public course that brings back your fondest memories.

RELATED: Feel free to go ahead and join the discussion on the Facebook page

Here is a collection of our favorite responses from you:

"Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River, Oregon... where my father and I would vacation every summer for the month of July. Still return every summer with a golf buddy. Driving up the entry road always gets me to thinking about my youth and all those incredible summer rounds of golf." -- David Naumann

"Kuhuku municipal on the north shore of Oahu. Nine holes on the ocean, completely unkept when I was there. Starter shack closed at 2 and it was basically a free for all. Group of 7 in board shorts and bare feet, no shirt, carrying a golf bag for some fun and golf. Most epic." -- Mark Jancze

"Miami Whitewater, in Cincinnati Ohio. It was the home course of my newly formed high school golf team in the mid 1980s. Spent all summer there, learning to play the game. I go back once a year and play alone, to reflect on my life, where I've been and where I am going." -- Scott Bollinger

"Course in Edinburgh called Craigentinny. Full scale soccer match taking place on ninth fairway beyond the dog leg when we got to our drives. They stood aside so we could hit then carried on with the game!" -- Matt Clark

"Blackledge Country Club in Hebron, CT. It was my High School course and I also worked there for 7 years. I'd say I've played the majority of my golf at this great course. I've lived in South Carolina for 20 years but I miss this place like crazy and wouldn't have wanted to start my golfing experience anywhere else. Great people...great family...great place." -- Scott Campbell

"Bryan Park in Greensboro NC is a class act! Kyle Kolls and Chris Leclerc run one heck of a great operation. Even though it's fully open to the public, these guys give it a private club old school feel and are very involved in the community. I grew up playing there with my Dad and it was our home course in High School. It's a beautiful layout (36 holes) and everyone is treated like family. I can't think of a public facility that represents the spirit of the game any better." -- Seth Baldwin

"South Hills golf course in Waterloo, Iowa. Played countless rounds there as a kid all summer. Sometimes we'd have the entire course to ourselves. Shoes and shirts were optional in the middle of a hot Iowa summer. Great memories." -- Tom Schipper

"Majestic Oaks golf course in Ham Lake, MN. Nothing spectacular, but they did have two different 18-hole courses and a 9-hole executive. I worked there for a summer in banquets and my stepmom worked there for a few years. The amount of free golf we got was crazy! A lot of fun memories." -- Matt Reeves

"A cow pasture Par 3 in Gaston County, NC. Rough as a cob course where literally, someone had taken a cow pasture and cut a Par 3 golf course into it. A hard hook or slice and you were on the fairway of a different hole. But easy relaxing, who really cares, laid back golf with friends." -- James Flowers

"Rose Creek golf course in Fargo, ND. Grew up mowing the greens in the mornings and playing rounds in the afternoons during the summers of my college career. Beautiful course and a great head Pro!" -- Britta Kopp

"Bradford C.C. in Bradford, Massachusetts. I grew up playing outta there.... summertime get dropped off at 6 a.m. play till 9 p.m., 100 holes a day sometimes. Miss those days!" -- John Herling

"Cherokee GC in Louisville, KY! Worked there for a few summers out of high school. Played in their weekly tournaments and skins games, Club Championships, etc. Met some great people there." -- Chris Turtle Owens

"Westgate Valley Country Club in Palos Heights, Illinois (closed in 2008). When I first started playing golf (1985) it was at this basic little course southwest of Chicago. Family-owned, it was a perfect beginner's golf course. The East course was very flat and easy with no par 5s. I played there a year until I got up the nerve to go across the street to the West course (the longer, 'adult' course). What great memories! Made my first par there, and also made my first hole in one there. The owner's wife was in her 80s back then and was nice enough to have a hole in one trophy waiting for me in the clubhouse!" -- Steven Loconsole

"Rea Park Golf Course in Terre Haute, IN. Not a fancy course by any means, but it's well-maintained and it's where I learned to play. Although I've not played there in quite a long time, it'll probably always be 'home.'" -- Andy Engle

"Pond View golf course in Star City, indiana. Learned to golf on that course with my uncle. Later on my dad." -- Ermilo Ducret Jr. 

April 19, 2017 - 8:14am
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The Junior Invitational will begin at Sage Valley on Thursday. On Tuesday, the tournament held its opening ceremony.

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (April 18, 2017) -- Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer and PGA Tour Champion Kevin Kisner were featured speakers during the Opening Ceremony of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club on Tuesday night, signaling the official kickoff of the 2017 tournament. Recognized by GolfWeek as the premier junior golf event in the world, the Junior Invitational will be held April 20-22 at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina.

“The Opening Ceremony is a very special time for our players, their families and our sponsors,” said Tournament Coordinator Elaine Barnhill. “We’re delighted that Charlie and Kevin were able to be with us to help make the 2017 Junior Invitational a memorable experience. And, I must give a special thanks to all of the Sage Valley staff who made a fast transition when the rain caused us to change plans at the last minute. They continue to prove each year why the Sage Valley reputation for service is so renowned.”

RELATED: Tee times for Round 1 of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club

A former player on the PGA Tour, Rymer joined Golf Channel in 2008 and currently serves as co-host for “Morning Drive”, the network’s daily news and lifestyle program. Rymer also contributes to the network’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships and Golf Central’s coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships. Rymer won the 1985 U. S. Junior Amateur and went on to become a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech. The Fort Mill, S.C. native spent more than 10 years playing professional golf and in 2015 was elected into the PGA of America as a certified PGA professional.

Kisner is a PGA professional currently at No. 38 on the World Golf Ranking. A native of Aiken, S.C., Kisner played college golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of the 2005 NCAA Division I Championship team. He earned his first PGA Tour victory in 2015 winning the RSM Classic. The win moved him into the Top 20 in the world rankings and put him at the top of the early FedEx Cup standings moving into 2016.

The Junior Invitational is open to the public, offering patrons and golf enthusiasts a rare opportunity to experience the members-only club and its pristine Tom Fazio-designed course. Admission is $5 for three-day entry and tickets can be purchased at the gate upon arrival. 

April 19, 2017 - 8:08am
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Here's a look at the tee times for the prestigious Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club, won by Austin Eckroat in the boys' division in 2016.

Tee times for the Opening Round of the Junior Invitational on Thursday, April 20:

8:30 a.m. -- Pak (Scotch Plains, NJ), Adrien Pendaries (France), Matthew Wolff (Agoura Hills, CA)
8:40 a.m. -- Matias Honkala (Finland), Eddy Lai (San Jose, CA), Kyle Vance (Audubon, PA)
8:50 a.m. -- Brandon Mancheno (Jacksonville, FL), Davis Shore (Knoxville, TN), Khavish Varadan (Malaysia)
9:00 a.m. -- Fred Lee (Australia), Max Schmitt (Germany), Trey Winstead (Baton Rouge, LA)
9:10 a.m. -- Alejandro Aguilera (Spain), Garrett Barber (Stuart, F), Reese Ramsey (Austin, TX)
9:20 a.m. -- Kaiwen Liu (China, Joaquin Niemann (Chile), Mason Nome (Houston, TX)
9:40 a.m. -- Jacob Bergeron (Slidell, LA), Wilson Furr (Jackson, MS), Garrick Higgo (South Africa)
9:50 a.m. -- Ricky Castillo (Yorba Linda, CA), Cole Hammer (Houston, TX), Min Woo Lee (Australia)
10:00 a.m. -- Austin Eckroat (Edmond, OK), John Axelsen (Denmark), Karl Vilips (Australia)
10:10 a.m. -- Nicholas Lyerly (Salisbury, NC), Jeewon Park (South Korea), Rayhan Thomas (India)
10:20 a.m. -- Eugene Hong (Orlando, FL), Justin Kim (Rome, GA), Marcus Svensson (Sweden)
10:30 a.m. -- Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen (Denmark), Cameron John (Australia), Travis Vick (Houston, TX)
10:50 a.m. -- Noah Goodwin (Corinth, TX), Kaito Onishi (Japan), Patrick Welch (Providence, RI)
11:00 a.m. -- Ryan Gerard (Raleigh, NC), Thomas Mulligan (Ireland), Trent Phillips (Inman, SC)
11:10 a.m. -- Paul Chaplet (Costa Rica), Brandon Gillis (Nashua, NH), Sean Maruyama (Japan)
11:20 a.m. -- Noah Norton (Chico, CA), Kristoffer Reitan (Norway), Jack Trent (Australia)
11:30 a.m. -- Edgar Catherine (France), Walker Lee (Houston, TX), Wocheng (Aden) Ye (China)
11:40 a.m. -- Falko Hanisch (Germany), Won Jun Lee (South Korea), Michael Sanders (Davidson, NC)

April 18, 2017 - 11:26am
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Tiger Woods reveals first course design for the public at Missouri's Big Cedar Lodge Resort.

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that his first design for a public golf course will be at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

The name of the 19-hole course -- that's right, "19" -- will be "Payne's Valley," a tribute to the late Payne Stewart, a three-time major winner who was born in Springfield, Missouri.

Along with the big course, slated to open in 2019, Woods will also design a par-3 course for guests of Big Cedar Lodge.

Woods teased the announcement in a tweet on April 12:

Woods was at Big Cedar Lodge for Tuesday's announcement, along with Johnny Morris, owner of the resort and founder of Bass Pro Shops, as well as Stewart's widow, Tracey and Tom Lehman.

As a designer, Woods has completed two courses: Bluejack National near Houston, Texas and Diamante's El Cardonal in Mexico.