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Tiger Woods to Construct Public Golf Course on Chicago’s South Side

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Teaming up with NBC golf commentator and head of the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance Mark Rolfing, golf icon Tiger Woods and his TGR Design team are on the verge of renovating Chicago’s Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses into an 18-hole championship track. Having played on Chicago’s courses earlier in his career, Woods looks to make a lasting impact in the Windy City.

“To build a public golf course in Chicago is as good as it gets. You can see the skyline, it feels right down the road. It is truly amazing. We have the opportunity to create something so special.” said Woods to WGN.

“I first learned the game on public courses playing with my Pop,” Woods worded to GOLF. “I hope this course will be more than just golf and also make a positive impact in the community. We are eager to proceed toward groundbreaking at Jackson Park and South Shore.”

The new course will be privately funded and provide great views of the city as well as its own caddie program among other highlights. Still in the developmental stages, Woods looks to structure the course itself to provide a great competitive experience for golfers from all skill sets.

“If you’re a golfer, you can’t help but be excited about this.” said Superintendent and CEO of the Parks District Mike Kelly. “If you’re a Chicagoan, you can’t help but be excited because of the local investment. If you’re a naturalist, you should be excited because we’re adding acres of natural area. And if you are a fan of Chicago’s youth, of the young people, you have to be excited for them, because we’re going to create jobs and opportunities through the parks, through the caddie program and through the game. The industry of golf seems to be realizing this is something that can be invested in and replicated.”

In addition to the new course, Jackson Park will also be the site of the new Obama Presidential Center, which Rolfing explains isn’t just sheer coincidence.

“As I heard it, Obama called Tiger and said something to the effect of, ‘Hey, do you know Mark Rolfing?’” said Rolfing. “‘And Tiger says ‘Yeah, sure, I’ve known Mark for a while.’ Obama tells him, ‘Well, he’s working on a plan for my home course. I think you should get involved — in fact, I think you should be the architect.”

Work for the new course could begin some time this year and with the universal excitement exuding from Woods and his team, the city of Chicago will have plenty to smile about in the new year.

 

 

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Stephen Curry Creates ‘Underrated Tour’ for Unsung HS Basketball Prospects

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Looking back to his time as an overlooked high school prospect, five time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry is launching the “Underrated Tour” which looks to provide leverage to the many high school players across the country not afforded with the spotlight to display their talent. A three star recruit, ranked 256th in the country as a high school senior, Curry knows the uphill battle that comes with being labeled as “undersized”, “too slow” and “not strong enough”.

“We’re putting kids — kids who love to hoop, and who should be out there exploring that love — in a situation where a bunch of limits are being placed on them by other people. A situation where the limits of what they can accomplish are being put in place before they’ve gotten to test those limits for themselves,” said Curry in The Players’ Tribune. “And so that’s the idea behind The Underrated Tour: to create a basketball camp, in partnership with Rakuten, for any unsigned high school players rated three stars and below. A camp for high school kids who love to hoop, and are looking for the chance to show scouts that their perceived weaknesses might actually be their secret strengths. And most of all? A camp for anyone who just isn’t willing to let the rest of the world write their story.”

All players interested in the tour must be ranked at three stars or lower. During the camp players will receive training in basketball fundamentals, scrimmages, ball handling, defense as well as appearances from special guests who will provide insight on navigating the NCAA among other topics.

“The underrated tour is Stephen’s brainchild, rooted in meaningful and authentic insights from his journey,” says Jeron Smith, Curry’s business partner. “We saw a unique opportunity to shine a light on Steph’s story in a way that hasn’t been done before and inspire the next generation of underrated athletes. This the latest example of Steph using his platform to make a difference and we’re thrilled to partner with Rakuten to help empower others.”

The first stop on the tour begins January in Los Angeles and all interested players are encouraged to apply for the Underrated Tour today.

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Clemson Crushes Alabama in National Championship Game

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In one of the most surprising outcomes in recent years in college football, the Clemson Tigers just captured their second title in three years with their 44-16 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide which would be the worst loss in Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s career with the team. Regarded as the top two teams in the country, with Alabama in many eyes having a slight edge, Monday’s game was presumed to be a highly contested battle between the two teams, but the Tigers had other plans.

“There ain’t never been a 15-0 team,” Clemson coach “Dabo” Swinney said in the postgame TV interview. “And I know we’re not supposed to be here, we’re just little old Clemson, and I’m not supposed to be here, but we are, and I am. And how about them Tigers?”

The Tide had a mistake filled game which seems even more ironic knowing the Tigers had a 19-year-old quarterback under center who wasn’t even starting to begin the season. Winning offensive player of the game honors, Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence had a brilliant game. He showed poise beyond his years, making plays with his legs and throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns while receiving ample support from the dynamic receivers Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. “I just love everyone who has been a part of this journey,” said Lawrence “It has been incredible.”.

Alabama on the other end just couldn’t stop Clemson on third down, were penalized several times for uncharacteristic lapses in judgement, and overall just couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities that they did have.  Noticeably frustrated, Saban told ESPN during the game “We’re not doing a very good job of getting off the field on third down on defense. Defensively, we’re going to have to play a lot better.”

With the majority of the Tigers being freshmen and sophomores, there remains plenty of untapped potential for the first 15-0 team in the modern era of college football. This game definitely could be looked upon as an exclamation point on one of the most dominant seasons we’ve seen.

Alabama and Clemson are now 2-2 against each other in playoff competition, but Clemson holds the 2-1 edge in championship games. With Alabama being the face of college football for years, Clemson has at the very least moved a second face into the frame.

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Jon Jones Reclaims Light Heavyweight Title in UFC 232

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In his first fight since July of 2017, Jon “Bones” Jones was able to take down Alexander Gustafsson in the third round of Saturday night’s UFC 232 by way of TKO. The fight was definitely more calculated and tactical than anything, with Jones delivering a steady diet of kicks and body shots to wear down Gustafsson. Eventually Jones had executed the defining take-down in round three in which Gustafsson wouldn’t recover.

“Alexander Gustafsson, he’s the type of guy where if he can get up quick, he does well,” Jones said after the fight. “But if you can hold him down for more than 30 seconds, you are more than likely going to keep him down. We knew that and the idea was to get back to wrestling and get back to riding time and everything worked out.”.

Wasting no time after his victory, Jones took a moment to throw some not so subtle shots at his previous opponent Daniel Cormier, who just relinquished the 205-pound title.

“I know there’s a guy who has been calling himself ‘Champ Champ,'” Jones said. “I mean, what guy just gives up his belt when someone else is home. Daddy is home, DC. Come prove to the man that you are the ‘Champ Champ.’ I’m here. Come get your belt back. I’m here.”.

Although the proverbial black cloud seems to constantly be looming over the career of Jones due to his past failed drug tests among other things, the new champion appears to be focused on pushing forward and tuning out his many detractors, including Cormier who may face “Bones” again sometime down the line for a third bout.

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