August 30, 2012 - 7:48pm
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Cheyenne Woods got much of her early golf knowledge from her uncle Earl Woods, Tiger's father.

Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne Woods earned her first victory a professional tournament on Thursday, winning by an easy four shots in this week's 54-hole event on the Suncoast Ladies Series at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"Congrats to my niece Cheyenne on winning her first professional event on SunCoast Ladies Series Tour!," 'Uncle Tiger' tweeted soon after she won. "Won by 4, very proud."

Her victory came a week after she finished second in the Suncoast Series’ previous event.

Cheyenne graduated last spring from Wake Forest, where she led the women’s team with a 73.7 scoring average. She had one top-5 finish and three top-10s in 10 starts in 2011-2012, after capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference title in the spring of 2011.

Cheyenne, 22, is the daughter of Earl Woods Jr., Tiger’s older brother. Her Xavier College Preparatory golf team in Phoenix won the Arizona 5A State Championship in both 2006 and 2007. Earlier this summer, she missed the cut in the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open, then tied for 50th in the Evian Masters.

August 30, 2012 - 1:18pm
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Jack Nicklaus hopes to create a pilot program for future veteran services with his redesign of American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington.

 

Golf can be a wonderful rejuvenating gift, especially after sickness or injury. That is important point to remember during this Patriot Golf Day weekend.  

 

Whether it’s Harmon Heroes, Butch Harmon’s charity that helps wounded veterans get their lives back, or David Feherty’s work with the Troops First Foundation, the stars of our game do yeoman’s work to support our servicemen and their families. 

 

Jack Nicklaus has long led the way on that front. 

 

An avid supporter of American service personnel, Jack is now involved in making golf more accessible to those wounded in combat by donating design services to the American Lake Veterans Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington.  

 

Home of the 2nd Ranger Battalion / 75th Ranger Regiment, the Tacoma veterans’ hospital at American Lake built a 9-hole golf course shortly after World War II. In 1995, the VA eliminated funding for the course, so volunteers stepped in and kept the thing afloat. In 2004, the Friends of American Lake Golf Course foundation was founded to fund the course and underwrite plans to improve and modify it to accommodate handicapped as well as able-bodied veterans.  

 

Tacoma native Ken Still, winner of three tour events and member of the 1969 Ryder Cup team, introduced Jack to American Lake Veterans Golf Course, and Jack immediately jumped on board. 

 

"Golf has been a wonderful outlet for the men and women of our military who return from combat, many of whom are disabled," Nicklaus said. "(American Lake Veterans Golf Course) is the only course in America designed specifically for the rehabilitation of our wounded and disabled veterans.  You would not believe the stories of how golf has helped these veterans transition back into the mainstream, how the healing powers of golf have given these soldiers purpose, and helped them regain their lives and happiness."

 

Not only is Nicklaus Design donating services, Jack hopes this will become a pilot program for the more than 150 VA hospitals around the country.  

 

 

August 30, 2012 - 10:07am
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Ryder Cup

 

Juniors have a great opportunity come Ryder Cup week at Medinah in late September.
 
For the first time in history, juniors age 17 and under, will be admitted free of charge to Ryder Cup practice rounds on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 25-27), as long as they're accompanied by a ticketed adult. 
 
This is all part of The PGA of America's ongoing mission to grow the game and to provide great family entertainment value. 
 
August 29, 2012 - 8:47am
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The eighth edition of the Junior Ryder Cup is set to take place Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.
 
The U.S. Team was announced recently. You can read about the team here.
 
Team Europe was announced today. Here's a closer look at its Team Europe.
August 28, 2012 - 11:23am
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Mike Weir suffered a strange, unlucky injury on Sunday night.

 

Former Masters champ Mike Weir was supposed to be in Geneva this week for the European Tour's Omega European Masters.
 
Instead, Weir is headed back home to Salt Lake City, after suffering a strange, unlucky injury.
 
Weir was flying Sunday night and was supposed to have a layover in Paris. However, his flight was diverted to Atlanta because of a mechanical issue. While helping a woman with a bag onboard, Weir tweaked his back. As a result, he's experiencing serious pain and was forced to withdraw and head home to Utah.
 
It's been a rough couple of years for Weir. Playing through injuries, he had 15 starts in 2011, making the cut just twice on the PGA Tour. This season, he's got 12 PGA Tour starts and had yet to make a cut.
 
Check out Weir's blog for more. Here's to hoping there's a speedy recovery for one of professional golf's good guys.
August 28, 2012 - 10:05am
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If Keegan Bradley looks like he feels right at home this week it's because he is.

 

Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion, will have a home game this week when he tees it up at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. 
 
Bradley, who bounced around the New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts growing up, finshed up high school in Hopkinton, Mass., about 30 minutes from TPC Boston.
 
As a rookie in 2011, Bradley was a two-time Tour winner -- his biggest highlight being the PGA Championship victory at Atlanta Athletic Club. However, his performance before the home crowd at TPC Boston during the second leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup left something to be desired. He missed the cut with rounds of 68-76 and admitted he was just exhausted.
 
"Last year, I was just a little bit worn out at that point because I had just won the PGA and I was very busy and I think that this year I'll be able to play that tournament a lot better," Bradley said recently, just before winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tying for third in his PGA Championship defense. "I love the golf course. It's a great tournament to play in. And it's just one that I've been looking forward to going back and playing."
 
Bradley enters this week coming off a missed cut at the Barclays. Maybe home-cooking is just what the doctor ordered. 
 
Also, he might be able to free-wheel it a little before the home crowd. Bradley, who also won the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, locked up a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team by virtue of his great play just before points closed at the conclusion of the PGA Championship. 
 
With his beloved Boston Red Sox in disarray, you can be sure Bradley will want to give the loyal New England sports fans something to cheer for at TPC Boston this week. 
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