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  • Tiger Woods returned to golf at the Hero World Challenge. (Getty)
    Tiger Woods returned to golf at the Hero World Challenge. (Getty)

    Tiger Woods is starting to fill out his schedule, now committing to three PGA Tour events in the next three months.

    Woods announced Wednesday that he will play in the Farmers Insurance Open, played Jan. 26-29 at Torrey Pines’ two golf courses just outside of San Diego. Woods has won there eight times as a pro, including the 2008 U.S. Open, the last major he has won of the 14 in his career. The 79-time PGA Tour winner last played the event in 2015, withdrawing early in the now-infamous “glute activation” incident.

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    This will mark Woods’ first official PGA Tour start since finishing tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

    Then, as previously announced, Woods will play in the Genesis Open, formerly the Northern Trust Open, at Riviera Country Club from Feb. 16-19. His tournament-management company runs the event, and Woods has historically played in those

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  • Jordan Spieth has always done well at Augusta National. (Getty Images)
    Jordan Spieth has always done well at Augusta National. (Getty Images)

    It’s hard not to remember — and cringe at the thought of — Jordan Spieth’s Masters-stunting 8 on the par-3 12th in last April’s final round. It’s a seminal moment in Masters history.

    However, Spieth went on to win at Colonial in May for his first PGA Tour win in his native Texas. Then, in November, he pulled out a playoff win in the Australian Open, despite not having his best stuff.

    While he’ll never get completely over what happened at Augusta National, Spieth seems to have moved on well from the Masters meltdown. In fact, Spieth has since returned to the Georgia club and exacted a little revenge from the perilous short hole.

    Speaking Wednesday at the SBS Tournament of Champions, Spieth described a December trip to the club to play with members. He played from the Member Tees during the trip, except on the 12th hole.

    “I was very nervous when I got on 12 tee, and I hit an 8-iron over the bunker to about 15 feet,”

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  • Meet new PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. (Getty Images)
    Meet new PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. (Getty Images)

    The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup has been around for a decade, and it’s done a great job in creating a logical end to the season, complete with a massive payday for a season-long champion and four closing events with elite fields.

    However, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the PGA Tour season end in late September, weeks into both college football and NFL seasons. By then, golf is on the back burner for sports fans, meaning the audience for the playoffs isn’t nearly as big as it could be.

    The PGA Tour seems to have realized this, with chatter at the Tour Championship last September about the possibility of ending the playoffs before Labor Day. Bumping up the FedEx Cup playoffs would have wide-reaching impact on the PGA Tour schedule, including the possibility of moving The Players Championship back to March and slotting the PGA Championship, run by the PGA of America, into May from its now-traditional August spot.

    New PGA Tour commissioner

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  • Jordan Spieth was a winner his last time out at the Aussie Open. (Getty Images)
    Jordan Spieth was a winner his last time out at the Aussie Open. (Getty Images)

    Golf is back! After about a month and a half off, the PGA Tour resumes its season this week with the SBS Tournament of Champions from Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course on Hawaii.

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    Jordan Spieth defends the title he won last year in the winners-only event by eight shots, reaching 30 under par. World No. 1 Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama are among the 32 players in the field for the no-cut tournament.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Hideki Matsuyama – How can you not like a guy who is the hottest on the planet? Four wins in his final five 2016 starts. He was on the medal stand here in his debut in 2015.

    2. Jordan Spieth – Spieth won in Australia to end 2016. He’s the defending champion. He’s only been in the top two in two prior starts.

    3. Dustin Johnson – DJ is a past winner here, and he doesn’t necessarily have to play controlled

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  • Jason Day is making some style changes in 2017. (Getty Images)
    Jason Day is making some style changes in 2017. (Getty Images)

    With the turn of the calendar to a new year, many of golf’s best enter into a game of musical logo placements, with pros taking on new equipment and apparel deals.

    World No. 1 Jason Day had already previously announced he would continue to play TaylorMade equipment through his bag in 2017 and beyond as part of a multi-year extension with the company. However, on Sunday, Nike Golf made official news known in the golf world since late summer last year, that Day would leave adidas Golf to sign an apparel and footwear deal with the Swoosh.

    “Joining Nike is a dream come true,” Day said in a release formally unveiling the deal. “The brand is synonymous with the world’s best athletes. I’m honored and can’t wait to be part of the team and working closely with Nike to take my game, and the sport of golf, to even higher levels.”

    Day will begin wearing Nike apparel at next week’s SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

    The Aussie will

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  • Justin Rose celebrates winning the Olympic gold medal in golf. (Getty Images)
    Justin Rose celebrates winning the Olympic gold medal in golf. (Getty Images)

    Justin Rose didn’t have his best year in 2016, but he certainly had a memorable one, capped by winning the first men’s Olympic golf gold medal in 112 years.

    Rose’s Rio triumph in a great duel against Henrik Stenson was one of the best tournaments of the year. Add that to his 2013 U.S. Open win and his other career accomplishments, including a European Tour order of merit title, and the 36-year-old had done enough in the eyes of the British crown to earn special recognition.

    The Englishman was awarded with the distinction of being a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), which is part of the Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry which rewards Brits for their accomplishments to society outside of civil service.

    “It’s definitely an honor and something I was not expecting,” Rose said, according to Sky Sports. “It’s something you are maybe hoping for after the Olympics. It is

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  • Tiger Woods will be designing a new golf course in Chicago. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods will be designing a new golf course in Chicago. (Getty Images)

    We don’t even know yet when Tiger Woods will make his 2017 debut, but Woods’ Stanford roommate and good friend Notah Begay III believes Woods will hoist at least one trophy in the new year.

    Begay, who is also a Golf Channel and NBC commentator, has a rosy view of the 41-year-old’s coming season.

    “I expect him to win, and I expect him to have at least one win next year based upon what I’ve seen,” said Begay, according to Reuters. “It’s just a matter of getting some more tournament rounds. I’m not going to say it’s going to happen early in the year but I think you should expect to see Tiger peak during the spring time.”

    Peak during the spring? Like in April? In Augusta? That’s going way too far.

    It’s also a little premature to suggest Woods is going to be a winner. Though he did log a tournament-leading 24 birdies in his competitive return at the Hero World Challenge in early December, Woods still finished 15th

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  • Rory McIlroy has the goods to be one of golf's all-time greats. (Getty Images)
    Rory McIlroy has the goods to be one of golf’s all-time greats. (Getty Images)

    Rory McIlroy closed out 2016 in spectacular fashion, winning two PGA Tour playoff events to take the FedEx Cup. Then he was a rock star at the Ryder Cup, playing out-of-his-mind golf sometimes motivated by what seemed at times like blinding rage and at others by the desire to be the ultimate showman.

    McIlroy is hoping that the end of his year will spark a 2017 that takes him back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking and add to his tally of four majors.

    For his part, Jack Nicklaus believes McIlroy still has work to do if he’s to dominate the sport and become one of the best in golf history.

    “Rory is one of those young men who has got a tremendous amount of talent,” Nicklaus said to the BBC. “He has won and played on his talent to this point. If he wishes to dominate and go forward then he’s got to improve.”

    McIlroy is a streaky putter and, for as often as he hits short irons for approach shots, he is

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  • Tiger Woods has a net worth of $740 million (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods has a net worth of $740 million (Getty Images)

    Just before the unpleasantness of the Thanksgiving crash of 2009, Tiger Woods became sport’s first billionaire, with Forbes estimating the 14-time major winner to be a member of the three-comma club.

    Woods has since gotten divorced, and his on-course earnings have taken a tumble from his peak performance. However, Woods is still worth an astounding amount of money. According to a Forbes estimate, Woods is now worth $740 million, ranking him seventh of their list of the top 20.

    The magazine estimates Woods has earned $1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996.

    Woods’ valuation makes him the second-richest athlete, behind Michael Jordan, whose business holdings and Nike relationship push him to the fourth spot with an estimated fortune of $1.2 billion. Woods, however, is the youngest person to make the Forbes list of the wealthiest celebrities.

    Another golfer made the list, too. Phil Mickelson comes in with an estimated $375 million

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  • This is Mac Daddy Santa.
    This is Mac Daddy Santa.

    Most everyone has some kind of holiday tradition. Tiger Woods has one, and it’s kind of odd. What’s more, Woods shared that unique tradition on Twitter on Thursday.

    Woods shared a picture of him dressed as his alter ego, Mac Daddy Santa, saying his children, Sam and Charlie, absolutely love it.

    So, what is Mac Daddy Santa? We’re not really sure, but it appears to be Woods’ take on former pro wrestler Scott Steiner’s “Big Poppa Pump” character. In the picture, Woods is shirtless, wearing sunglasses, sporting a dyed-blonde goatee and wearing a Santa hat and wig with a Raiders hat.

    We’re not really sure if Mac Daddy Santa is legit, or if Woods lost a bet, or who knows. Whatever it is, it’s entertaining.

    Rory McIlroy, however, had the most popular reaction.

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  • Tiger Woods has a villa named after him at Donald Trump's Doral resort in Florida. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods has a villa named after him at Donald Trump’s Doral resort in Florida. (Getty Images)

    President-elect Donald Trump is getting in a pre-Christmas round of golf, and he’s doing it on Friday with 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.

    Trump is playing with Woods in a morning round at Trump International in West Palm Beach, Fla., located within driving distance of Woods’ Jupiter Island mansion.

    Golf Digest got a look at the twosome Friday:

    This is Trump’s first round since Election Day, Nov. 8. Trump’s staff maintains the 70-year-old has almost completely avoided golf since throwing his name in the fray for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015.

    Woods won the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship on Trump’s Doral resort, with Trump awarding the trophy to the former world No. 1 and

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  • Yup, this is going where you think.
    Yup, this is going where you think.

    We typically cover pro golf here at the ole Devil Ball Golf. But there’s no pro golf going on right now. And it’s that time of year where the brave weekend warrior gets a little desperate and plays golf in some outrageous conditions.

    That’s where we pick up this story that also doubles as a public service announcement.

    The video available picks up with a golfer already standing on a frozen pond on a golf course. We’re not sure if the person in question hit their ball their, and they’re motivated by the rules-hawk notion of playing the ball where it lies, or if they’ve staged this whole thing (more likely). Either way, the golfer is standing on the frozen pond, addressing the ball for a shot. As he prepares to swing, his foot slips and he misses about a foot behind the ball. Naturally, the force of the club cracks the ice a little bit. Then the golfer loses balance, falls on their back, shattering through the ice with the weight of their body,

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  • Tiger Woods will be designing a new golf course in Chicago. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods will be designing a new golf course in Chicago. (Getty Images)

    Tiger Woods has signed on to bring a major-caliber, first-class golf course to the Second City, and he did it, in part, at the urging of the outgoing President.

    Woods’ TGR Design firm has agreed to architect a new golf facility on the acreage currently occupied by a pair of popular Chicago Park District-owned public courses, Jackson Park and South Shore, situated along Lake Michigan on Chicago’s South Side. The Woods group has been hired by a newly formed group called the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, headed by NBC golf commentator Mark Rolfing and created with the backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which will steward the project.

    “It’s an honor for me and TGR Design to be designing this golf course in one of America’s greatest golf cities,” said Woods. “This project can create incredible possibilities for the community on the South Side. We want to design a course that everyone will enjoy.”

    The Woods design has to

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  • GB&I won the 2015 Walker Cup. (Getty Images)
    GB&I won the 2015 Walker Cup. (Getty Images)

    Representing your country in competition is always an honor. For elite male American amateur golfers, that honor will only be magnified in the next decade as the Walker Cup will be contested at three of the country’s most incredible venues.

    On Thursday, the U.S. Golf Association announced the American venues through 2025 for the Walker Cup, which, at the risk of oversimplifying, is the amateur equivalent of the Ryder Cup. A team of 10 American players take on a team of 10 players from Great Britain and Ireland in a two-day, match-play competition. In 2021, those 20 players will match up at Seminole Country Club in Juno Beach, Fla., marking the first time the Walker Cup will be played in Florida. Then four years later, when the United States hosts again, Cypress Point Club on the California coast will host, marking the second time the club has done so (1981).

    “To have two of the United States’ greatest courses as host sites will not only

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  • Tiger Woods has signed his first equipment endorsement deal post-Nike Golf’s exit from the space, signing a multi-year deal to play Bridgestone Golf’s Tour B330-S golf ball.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Woods will be used in marketing campaigns to promote the ball and the company.

    Tiger Woods is putting well in his comeback. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods is putting well in his comeback. (Getty Images)

    After conducting golf-ball testing on his own, Woods played the B330-S golf ball in his return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge. Woods found it to be the best option for him and was not involved with the company in that process.

    “Finding the right golf ball is extremely important,” said Woods in a release announcing the deal. “It’s an essential part of my equipment, and the Bridgestone B330-S ball is hands-down the best for my game. Controlling launch and trajectory is critical, and with this ball I feel I have total control to hit all shots accurately. I’m not just here to play – I’m here to win, and the innovative

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  • Jon Rahm has already practically locked up his PGA Tour card. (Getty Images)
    Jon Rahm has already practically locked up his PGA Tour card. (Getty Images)

    We put a bow on 2016 in the final 19th Hole podcast of the year, and we close it with a great guest in up-and-coming PGA Tour stud Jon Rahm. We spoke with Rahm at TaylorMade Golf’s 2017 line reveal about his crazy early run as a pro, his equipment, his goals for next year and some of the people who have helped him get to this point.

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    Then we close the show and the year with some news items, including Phil Mickelson’s second sports hernia surgery, the birth of the Senior LPGA Championship and Tiger Woods committing to the 2017 Genesis Open.

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  • After an up-and-down performance in his professional comeback at the Hero World Challenge earlier in December, Tiger Woods has indicated another time we can expect to see him peg it against the best in the world.

    Woods formally committed to the Genesis Open on Tuesday. The event, formerly known as the Northern Trust Open and the Los Angeles Open, will be played Feb. 16-19 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and is now run by Woods’ tournament-management company. Logically, Woods would then play in an event whose success in which he has a stake. He’s done so in the past with the Quicken Loans National and Hero World Challenge.

    Tiger Woods is putting well in his comeback. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods is putting well in his comeback. (Getty Images)

    This tournament is special to Woods, a southern California native. He made his PGA Tour debut in this event at the age of 16. Now nearly 41, Woods reflected on that journey.

    “I’m very excited to come back to Riviera and compete in the Genesis Open,” Woods said in a release. “This is where

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  • When Bill Murray does anything in golf or that is tangential to golf, we’re required here to tell you about it.

    The comedy legend and golf mascot took a trip to the White House to spend some time with outgoing President Barack Obama, hitting some putts in the Oval Office. Turns out, Murray has a sweet stroke, making putt after putt with a hickory-shafted putter into one of those fancy White House glasses.

    Bill Murray was flexing his golf muscles at the White House. (Getty Images)
    Bill Murray was flexing his golf muscles at the White House. (Getty Images)

    After Obama misses a few, the two — one an actor, one not — riff into a totally natural conversation about Murray’s bothersome knee. Obama then tells Murray that he can sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act (colloquially Obamacare) insurance exchange in the enrollment period that ends Dec. 15.

    It’s a little

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  • Phil Mickelson is now out indefinitely. (Getty Images)
    Phil Mickelson is now out indefinitely. (Getty Images)

    Phil Mickelson is out of action indefinitely following a second sports hernia surgery.

    Mickelson’s representation disclosed the five-time major winner’s second surgery in two months for a tear or strain of muscles in the lower abdomen and groin area. The 46-year-old had the first procedure performed on Oct. 19, the same day Mickelson’s caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, had a double knee replacement.

    While there was no indication from the first procedure how long Mickelson would need to recover, a successful procedure typically has a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. With a second surgery, it’s unclear how much time will be added to the recovery and rehabilitation schedule.

    After the first surgery, Mickelson detailed how he dealt with the complication through the season.

    “It was a walnut-sized hernia behind my belly button,” Mickelson told Golf World in November. “It was no big deal, nor did it affect me when I played. I pushed it back in every

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  • Brad Luiten can play a lot of golf in a day.
    Brad Luiten can play a lot of golf in a day.

    How many holes of golf could you play in a day? On a good day, 36, right? That’s if the schedule is clear. If you finish double that amount at Bandon Dunes in a single day, they pay you $100. That’s how hard it is to complete a regulation PGA Tour event’s worth of golf in a day.

    Have you tried playing as many as you can in a day? I have. Four years ago, I took part in the 100 Hole Hike, playing 100 holes of golf in a day. I began at right around 6 a.m. and wrapped up, blistered and hobbling barefoot, at 8:15 p.m. That was after playing the same par 3 33 times in a row, back and forth from the tee to the green.

    So, imagine my surprise when a golfer from New Zealand finished 237 holes in a 12-hour stretch to set a new Guinness world record.

    Brad Luiten accomplished the feat, according to TV NZ, with the marathoner beating the previously held record by 16 holes. Luiten, inspired by the death of a friend from bowel cancer, used only a 6-iron to

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