“And all the players who have supported it over the years, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to design and develop our learning centers without this event. It is going to be an emotional Sunday for sure.” Asked why the event was shifting next year to Isleworth Country Club outside Orlando in Florida, Woods replied: “The global golf schedule has changed so dramatically with the FedExCup, the Race to Dubai and guys playing pretty late in the year, they are worn out and they don’t want to travel any more. “A lot of the Aussie players go down to support Oz and it’s hard to get a lot of South Africans to come up and play in this event as they support their own tour at this time of the year. “A lot of the guys at this event here are based in Florida, so it just makes it a little bit easier for us to draw fields like we have now. With the guys who are based in Florida, you’re not asking them to fly across the country.” Regardless of where the World Challenge is held, Woods is passionate about the event’s role in raising money for Tiger Woods Foundation projects and the six learning centers he has set up in the United States. More than 100,000 scholars have gone through the various learning centers since the first of them was opened in Anaheim, California in 2006. “It’s so important, what we have been able to do and how we have been able to transform kids’ lives and allow them the opportunity to go to college and provide them with mentors and internships,” Woods said. “A lot of these kids live in tough neighbourhoods where there are gangs, violence and drugs. A lot of them grew up in single-parent homes or were raised by grandparents or were adopted. “We try to bring in an environment for them that is safe and stimulating.
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The South African captured his third career Alfred Dunhill victory this past weekend at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa with a 17-under-par score of 271. Schwartzel held the overnight lead and shot a bogey-free final round 4-under 68 to win by four strokes. “It’s always nice to get a win and get some confidence up and see the game is in good shape,” says Schwartzel. “Old Palm is unparalleled in every regard and I couldn’t ask for a more spectacular venue to sharpen my game in the U.S.” “Old Palm has attracted leading professional golfers like Charl to the Club’s outstanding golf facilities and world-class amenities,” says Darlene Impellittiere, General Manager of Old Palm Golf Club. “Our community offers these players and their families a worry-free and relaxing lifestyle in a magnificent location to help them play their best.” There are now more PGA TOUR players living in South Florida than anywhere else in the U.S., and many of them have chosen to call Old Palm home.
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