By GolfTEC Digital

A roundup of the week’s hottest stories in golf for Monday, May 2, 2016 …

Is Tiger Woods nearing a return to the PGA Tour?

After golf’s most polarizing figure made headlines two weeks ago in a revealing piece by’s Wright Thompson, Tiger is back on the front page for a different reason. Woods officially registered for the U.S. Open at Oakmont (June 16-19) last week, and also reportedly booked housing accommodations in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament, which begins on June 2.

The 14-time major champion also teed it up twice – first for an exhibition at Bluejack National (Tiger’s first domestic course design), and then at his foundation’s annual #TigerJam fundraiser in Las Vegas.

The Zurich Classic

The Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana was shortened to a 54-hole Monday finish due to relentless rain. Monday finished in a three-man sudden-death playoff, with Brian Stuard (15 under) securing his first career victory in dramatic fashion over Jamie Lovemark and Ben An. With the win, Stuard also earned a spot in the 2017 Masters.

Breaking: Brian Stuard wins Zurich Classic – see the WITB from Callaway Golf:

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout

Twenty-three-year-old Jenny Shin (14 under) posted a 4-under 67 Sunday to collect her first LPGA Tour victory at Las Colinas. The 2006 U.S. Junior champion outlasted former Big Break star, Gerina Piller, for a two-shot win.

Game of Moans: Tour Edition

Cody Gribble’s heartbreak on the 72nd hole led to a T-2 finish at the United Leasing & Finance Championship.

Happy 50th, John Daly!

Golf’s most famous bad boy turned 50 years old on April 28, making “Long John” eligible for the Champions Tour. The two-time major champion will make his Champions debut this week at the Insperity Invitational in Texas. Daly had this to say about a bet he recalls making, but never shaking on, with Fuzzy Zoeller:

“Fuzzy said, ‘I got 150 grand you’re never going to make it to 50’ … So I won’t hold him up to it. I’ll just have him give me a free bottle of his vodka.”

Read more about JD’s birthday bet over on USAToday.

Golf Gaffes

An Ohio woman gave new meaning to driving into a lateral hazard when she crashed her car into a pond on Yankee Trace Golf Course Sunday morning.

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Like Father, Like Son

John Daly’s son celebrated his father’s birthday by taking a trick out of the old man’s bag. This time, instead of a beer can or David Feherty’s mouth, Little John elected for a Coke bottle.


Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman enjoy #SB2K16

Smylie Kaufman also had some hotel hallway lessons this week…

Be sure to check back here at the GolfTEC Scramble again next Monday for our latest weekly edition of The Links!


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