While it’s not an announcement of a return to play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tiger Woods is scheduled to be back in Southern Nevada on May 19 and 20 for the 19th annual Tiger Jam, a charity event that raises funds for his foundation.
All but one Tiger Jam has been in Las Vegas, and overall proceeds total more than $19 million.
Woods, celebrities and sponsors are scheduled to play golf at Shadow Creek and also ante up in the annual poker tournament presented by the World Poker Tour at the MGM Grand.
Between now and then is the Masters from April 6 to 9, and despite Woods being injured and playing in only one tournament in 2017, he remains a fan favorite at the betting window. He has been listed at 100-1 to win since he withdrew from the Genesis Open in February.
Woods is the leader in total wagers and the biggest liability, according to Westgate Las Vegas manager Jeff Sherman. It isn’t known yet if Woods will play.
“Whether he plays well or poorly, people will always support Tiger, and there is always a certain number when they are comfortable putting money down on him,” Sherman said.
Two weekends ago, Tiger’s greatness was illuminated when Dustin Johnson won the WGC-Mexico, his fourth victory in a World Golf Championship tournament. Johnson now ranks second in all-time WGC victories behind Woods, who has won 18 despite not playing regularly for the past three seasons.
Possibly even more stunning given his limited schedule is that Woods still ranks first in total overall PGA Tour wins since 2008 with 18. Phil Mickelson is second with 10.
Woods won for the first time on the PGA Tour at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, the precursor to what is now the Shriners event.
COUNTRY CLUB ACE
Diane Booth, a member of Las Vegas Country Club, shot 5 under in a three-hole stretch at the course last Thursday. She holed out for eagle with a pitching wedge from 110 yards on the par 4 fifth hole, then made a birdie on the par 5 sixth before knocking in a 9-iron from 117 yards for a hole-in-one on the par 3 seventh.
BLUE ON THE GREENS
Policemen will be honoring fellow officers on the greens during the sixth annual Henderson Police Department foundation charity event May 6 at Legacy Golf Club to raise funds for the honor guard. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
HAWAII WITH REBEL GOLF
Memberships are available for the UNLV Golf Foundation, as are entries into a contest for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii with the team. Each foundation membership includes the Rebel Day golf tournament at Las Vegas Country Club on Nov. 13, plus other items. Higher level memberships include a short game clinic with UNLV coach Dwaine Knight on Dec. 3 at Shadow Creek.
New this year is the Race to Hawaii Birdie Challenge. Golfers pick the total number of eagles and birdies the team will make in the 2017-18 season, and the winner receives the all-expenses paid trip. Call 702-895-1081 or visit UNLVMensGolf.com for details.
RHODES RANCH ON THE BLOCK
Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, a Ted Robinson design located in the master plan of Rhodes Ranch, is up for sale. The club is listed by Colliers International.
STARS ON, OFF COURSE
NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger made his annual trip to Shadow Creek last week while in town for the Kobalt 400. “In Vegas, I’m very lucky,” Allmendinger said during a prerace press event. “I’ve got some friends that will take me out to Shadow Creek. It’s just a beautiful golf course to go out to, and I just enjoy it.”
The golf notebook appears Thursdays. Freelance writer Brian Hurlburt is a two-time author who has covered golf in Las Vegas for more than two decades. Story ideas can be sent to email@example.com.
Saturday, Sunday: UNLV men’s golf at the Thunderbird, Tempe, Ariz.
Wednesday: Women’s SNGA Mountain Falls Fun Day, Mountain Falls
March 24: UNLV PGM Golf-A-Thon, Angel Park
March 25: Golf Channel Spring Classic, Highland Falls
March 25, 26: Recruit Look Junior North Las Vegas, Aliante
March 26, 27: Golf to a Cure Golf Classic, DragonRidge
March 29: SNGA Tour, Wildhorse
April 1-2: SNGA Sunrise Throwback, Club at Sunrise
April 4: UNLV RAF Scholarship Golf Classic, Southern Highlands
April 5: Women’s SNGA, Desert Willow
April 11, 12: Recruit Look Boulder City Junior Championship, Boulder City Golf Club
April 15: Golf Channel March on Concord, Revere
April 15, 16: Future Champions Golf Tour, Primm Valley
April 19: UNLV Football Foundation Tournament, Spanish Trail
April 19: Women’s SNGA Black Mountain Invitational, Black Mountain
April 19-22: Derek Jeter Invitational, Shadow Creek
April 20: Sixth annual Nevada Broadcasters Association Tournament, Las Vegas National
April 22: PGA Jr. League Kick-Off, TPC Las Vegas
April 26: National Golf Day, various courses
April 28: SNGA Tour, Desert Willow
May 6: Sixth annual Henderson Police Charity tournament, Legacy
May 6, 7: Southern Nevada Junior Golf Nye Classic, Mountain Falls
May 19: U.S. Golf Classic Qualifier, Royal Links
May 19, 20: Tiger Jam, Shadow Creek
May 20, 21: IMG Junior World Qualifier, Wildhorse
May 20: A Level Playing Field charity tournament, Bear’s Best
June 13: HELP of Southern Nevada Golfer’s Roundup, Cascata
What: Arnold Palmer Invitational
Where: Orlando, Florida; Bay Hill Lodge & Resort (7,419 yards, par 72).
When: Thursday, Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC).
Purse: $8.7 million. First prize: $1,566,000.
Defending champion: Jason Day.
Last week: Adam Hadwin won the Valspar Championship.
Next week: Dell Technologies Match Play and Puerto Rico Open.
What: Bank of Hope Founders Cup
Where: Phoenix; Wildfire GC at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. (6,679 yard, par 72).
When: Thursday, Friday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, Sunday, 7-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $1.5 million. First prize: $225,000.
Last tournament: Inbee Park won the HSBC Women’s Champions.
Next week: Kia Classic.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
What: Tucson Conquistadores Classic
Where: Tucson, Arizona; Omni Tucson National (Catalina Course) (7,238 yards, par 73).
When: Friday, 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, Sunday, 4:30-7 p.m. (Golf Channel).
Purse: $1.7 million. First prize: $255,000.
Last tournament: Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic.
Next tournament: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on March 31-April 2.