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TICKETS FORE CHARITY™ RETURNS TO 2019 CHARLES SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

PHOENIX – The TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ (TFC) program returns to the 2019 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which continues to have a central focus in generating revenue for local charities in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area. TFC provides non-profit organizations with the ability to raise funds through the sale of tournament tickets, with 100 percent of proceeds going to charity. The Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the third and final event in the annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, will return to Phoenix Country Club the week of November 6-10, 2019.

“The impact this program has made for organizations in this community speaks for itself,” said Executive Director Tiffany Nelson. “At the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, we pride ourselves on the ability to use the game of golf as a conduit to give back locally and we continue to encourage non-profits to sign up so that we can continue building on the already proven success this program has demonstrated.”

Since its 2010 debut, the TFC program has raised over $1.2 million and most recently, the 2018 program raised $401,270.  There is no sign-up fee or cost to the organization to be involved in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program and allows 100 percent of the net proceeds for each ticket sold through manual orders or online purchases to benefit the Scottsdale-Phoenix area non-profits that participate. Once registered, each organization will receive a complimentary flyer, poster, and postcard to use for ticket sale promotion.

Following the completion of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Charles Schwab Co., will donate an additional $20,000 among the three highest selling non-profit organizations as follows: (1st) $12,000, (2nd) $6,000, (3rd) $2,000.

While on-site, families are encouraged to venture out to the Fan Zone to witness great views of this prestigious venue. Visit the Sterling Winery where they will feature their signature Frosé (frozen rosé). Fans in the mood for craft beer should visit the tournaments beer garden, offering local beer originating in Phoenix. Also returning to the Fan Zone, giving fans a place to cool down is the Dutch Bros Coffee truck, serving their signature coffees and famous cold brew.

In addition to youth 18 years of age and younger receiving free admission to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a ticketed adult, all active duty, Reserve and National Guard military members, military retirees and their dependents receive free admission.

For more information on the program, visit www.schwabcuptfc.com or call Kristi Lee Fowlks at (480) 278-2100 x 14 or kristileefowlks@pgatourhq.com

For more tournament information, please visit the official website, www.schwabcup.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Woods celebrates Nadal’s win with fist pumps

Tiger Woods was fist-pumping and upper-cutting. And he wasn’t even on a golf course.

Woods and his family were in the stands at the U.S. Open on Monday night cheering on friend Rafael Nadal. Chasing his fourth U.S. Open crown, Nadal beat 2014 U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals.

Following the match, Nadal was asked what it’s like to compete knowing Woods is in the stands.

“To play in front of Tiger is a very special thing,” Nadal said. “I’ve always said that I don’t have idols, but if I did, I would have to say that one idol is him.”

Nadal acknowledged he wasn’t aware of Tiger during the match but appreciated his support.

“It means a lot to me to have him supporting,” Nadal said. “As I said, he’s an amazing inspiration, all the things that he accomplish on the sport, the way that he managed to keep fighting that hard …

“Have him supporting and be able to be in touch with him very often for me is something that I am super happy — and I hope one day we can play golf and tennis together.”

Tiger Woods at The Open Championship

With one more win, Tiger Woods will tie Sam Snead for most career PGA TOUR victories at 82. Each time Tiger tees it up, we’ll take a look at his chances for that particular week. Here’s a CHASING 82 preview entering this week’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

RECENT FORM

Difficult to say what his form is, given the fact that his last competitive start was the U.S. Open. From that final round to Thursday’s first round at Royal Portrush, 32 days will have passed. And in the 95 days since winning the Masters in mid-April, he has played just 10 competitive rounds – a missed cut at the PGA Championship, a T-9 at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, and a T-21 at the U.S. Open.

NBA players could learn a lesson from Woods about load management.

But that’s not to say Woods has avoided preparing for the Open. Earlier this month, Nike posted a video in which Woods discusses waking up at 1 a.m. ET in order to prep for the time change for the Open, which is five hours ahead.

“If you want to succeed, if you want to get better, if you want to win, if you want to accomplish your goals, it all starts with getting up early in the morning,” Woods explained in the video.

Although Woods has never played a competitive event in Northern Ireland, he has played practice rounds there while prepping for previous Opens. But this will be the first time he’s seen Royal Portrush.

“I’ve only played (Royal) County Down, I’ve never been up to Portrush and I’m looking forward to getting up there and taking a look at the golf course and trying to figure it out,” Woods said. “I’ll get there early and do a little bit of homework – see if the golf course is going to be dry, fast or not.

“Hopefully I’ll get practice rounds with different winds to try and get a feel for the golf course.”

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Woods is making his 21st start in the Open Championship and has won three times:

2000 – At St. Andrews, Woods won with a final score of 19 under, eight strokes ahead of Thomas Bjorn and Ernie Els. The 19 under was the lowest score, in relation to par, of any major winner (eventually surpassed by Jason Day at 21 under at the 2015 PGA Championship). Woods’ win also completed the career Grand Slam. “It may be years before I fully appreciate it, but I’m inclined to believe that winning the Open at the Home of Golf is the ultimate achievement in the sport,” Woods said.

2005 – At St. Andrews, Woods won by five strokes over Colin Montgomerie, leading wire to wire. It was the 10th major win of his career. “When I first started playing the Tour, I didn’t think I’d have this many majors before the age of 30,” said the then-29-year-old Woods. “ There’s no way. No one ever has.”

2006 – At Royal Liverpool, Woods won by two strokes over Chris DiMarco, an emotional victory as it was his first major win after the death of his father Earl two months earlier. “To win your first tournament after my father had passed away, and for it to be a major championship, it makes it that much more special,” Woods said. “And mom was watching, I’m sure she was bawling her eyes out.” It was the first time a player had won consecutive Opens since Tom Watson in 1982-83.

Since his last win, Woods’ best finish was a T-3 at Royal Lytham in 2012. Last year at Carnoustie, he was in contention midway through the final round until a double bogey-bogey stretch on his back nine, eventually finishing T-6.