A day after celebrating the birth of his first child, Tiger Woods told Buick golf marketing manager Larry Peck that he intends to play in next week’s Buick Open. “He has told us all along that he intends to play here. I have nothing but optimism that he’ll spend a great week at home with the baby and Elin, then he’ll come defend his title,” Peck said.
Justin Rose is coming off of his fourth top-10 of the year at the U.S. Open and seems to have rid himself of those nagging back problems. Rose looks to keep it going at the Travelers Championship, where he was the 54-hole leader in 2005. The Englishman, who’s been somewhat under the radar this season because of his up-and-down season, could be among the top European players to challenge the American elite. But can he stay healthy and play consistently enough to be a contender in the end?
Angel Cabrera’s dramatic victory at the U.S. Open was more than just a dream come true. With the win, Cabrera, who celebrated with his countrymen back home in Argentina this week, also moved up nine spots from No. 17 to No. 8 in the Presidents Cup world team standings. Cabrera’s surge has pushed K.J. Choi down to No. 9 and Nick O’Hern out of the top 10 completely.
The Wegmans LPGA has 47 of the top 50 money winners. And defending champion Jeong Jang is one of 45 South Koreans playing in the tournament, starting today. Jang’s career got a boost two years ago when she beat Annika Sorenstam in the British Open after going winless the five previous years. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, Suzann Pettersen and two-time champion Karrie Webb will also be trying to dethrone Jang. But Sorenstam, whose best finish in four tries was second in 1996, won’t be playing.
THIS WEEK’S TEE TIMES
EVENT: Travelers Championship
WHERE: Cromwell, Conn.
COURSE: TPC River Highlands
DEFENDING CHAMP: J.J. Henry
EVENT: Wegmans LPGA
WHERE: Pittsford, N.Y.
COURSE: Locust Hill Country Club
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jeong Jang
EVENT: Bank of America Championship
WHERE: Concord, Mass.
COURSE: Nashawtuc Country Club
DEFENDING CHAMP: Mark McNulty (won in 2005, tournament was canceled last year)
EVENT: Knoxville Open
WHERE: Knoxville, Tenn.
COURSE: Fox Den Country Club
DEFENDING CHAMP: Hunter Haas
EVENT: BMW International Open
WHERE: Nord-Eichenried, Germany
COURSE: Munich Nord-Eichenried
DEFENDING CHAMP: Henrik Stenson