The Tiger Woods' designed El Cardonal at Diamante will open in December.

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Tiger Woods is set to unveil his first golf course design, El Cardonal at Diamante in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on December 16. He also has a second project nearing completion, Bluejack National, near Houston, Texas.

It was also reported in this week that he will not begin the 2015 season in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, as he had done in recent years. The organizers of those European Tour events are unwilling to offer Woods the $2-3 Million appearance fee he is requesting to play in their tournaments.

Woods did win five PGA Tour events in 2013, but none were major championships. Coming off his strong showing in 2013, anticipation ran high for him to add more majors to his resume this year. A back injury required surgery in March and he missed a large portion of the 2014 season. He has just recently resumed making full swings and is practicing for his return to the PGA Tour in 2015.

Personal problems, swing changes and various injury issues have prevented Woods from winning a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open.

Woods has said via his website that he will return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, which will be held at the beginning of December at Isleworth Country Club in Orlando, Florida.

Back pain required surgery in March.

He will turn 39 years old in December and could be nearing the twilight of his golfing career.

Tournaments in South America and China may be willing to meet Woods’ high appearance fees, but the deep-pocketed oil moguls in the Middle East have, been there, done that, and are looking to Rory McIlroy and other younger golf stars to fill their fields.



Laura Davies won over 88 titles worldwide.

The World Golf Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2015.

Laura Davies, Mark O’Meara, David Graham and A.W. Tillinghast will be honored in the induction ceremony that will take place at St. Andrews University just six blocks from St. Andrews golf course in July.

Laura Davies has won golf tournaments around the world and has been one of the most dominant female athletes of all time.

She has been the most recognizable golfer on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for over 30 years. She holds the record for most wins on the LET with 45.

She added another 20 wins on the LPGA Tour, even though she played primarily in Europe.

In addition, Davies won four major championships, six LPGA of Japan events, two Ladies Asian Tour tournaments, eight Australian Ladies PGA and seven other professional tournaments around the world.

Davies has been long overdue for enshrinement into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Mark O'Meara won the 1998 Masters

Mark O’Meara won 16 PGA Tour events in his long career. He won both the Masters and the Open Championship in 1998. He also came close to winning the PGA Championship, ultimately finishing T-4, the same year.

He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1998 and became a mentor to a young Tiger Woods, when he turned professional in 1996.

He also has won around the world with four European Tour wins and two victories on the Japan Golf Tour.

O’Meara has been able to continue his golfing career on the Champions Tour with two wins and a host of top-10 finishes.  At the age of 57, he continues to be a factor on the senior circuit.

David Graham was born in Australia, but won 20 golf tournaments around the world. He holds trophies from tournament victories garnered from six different continents of the world.

David Graham won the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion.

He won two major championships, the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills and the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion. He fired a nearly perfect 67 in the final round to overtake the 54-hole leader George Burns.

He was also successful in representing Australia in team events, winning the 1970 World Cup and the 1985 Alfred Dunhill Cup.

Graham collapsed while putting in a Champions Tour event in 2004 due to congestive heart failure. He was forced to retire and now resides in Montana.

A.W. Tillinghast (1874-1942) was one of the premier golf architects of his time. He is responsible for designing 265 golf courses around the U.S. and Canada.

Baltusrol, Winged Foot, Beth Page Park and Ridgewood Country Club are just a few of the more famous tracts credited to Tillinghast. His courses have hosted several U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.

A.W. Tillinghast designed the difficult Bethpage Black course.

He is most recognized for the variety found from course to course. He took great pride in making each course unique in its own right.

He appreciated the use of trees to delineate a golf hole and create options for the player. He also put great emphasis on the green complexes of each course. Always aware of the natural drainage, he felt greens needed to be well guarded, but receptive to a properly played shot.

It appears that the new committee format of choosing the candidates for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame has worked as planned.

All of the 2015 inductees are deserving of the honor of being Hall of Fame members and distinguished themselves throughout their golfing careers.



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