Tiger on the loose at Atunyote
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:48:36 GMT —
A great day for Central New York sports fans as a Tiger was on the loose on the Atunyote greens and fairways. Tiger Woods was golfing at Turning Stone's top course as part of the Notah Begay III Challenge.
There's no official attendance provided for the event but about 4,000 people are on the course watching the action. There was a light media gathering as well as Tiger spoke with reporters as the event got underway.
Tiger talked about being at the charity challenge supporting his best friend Notah Begay. He talked about golf, and how he still plans on breaking Jack Nicklaus' record for major championships won. Woods also defended the decision to put him on the President's Cup team, an important tournament featuring American born players taking on challengers from Europe.
The star golfer also talked about being at a good place in his life after all he's been through since his last appearance in Central New York back in 2009.
Woods signed autographs and talked with some of the fans that gathered at Atunyote this morning as well.
As for the event itself, Cristie Kerr and Hunter Mahan combined for an 11-under 61 to win the Notah Begay Challenge by one shot over Annika Sorenstam and Rickie Fowler.
Tiger Woods and Suzann Pettersen were another shot behind in third, and Natalie Gulbis and Begay were fourth in the best-ball challenge for charity Wednesday.
Woods made birdie at the opening hole and rallied with another at the 18th at the Atunyote Golf Club course. After hitting his drive at the final hole some 65 yards left of the fairway into the rough, he chipped on the green and sank a 15-foot putt.
Money from this charity event goes to the Notah Begay Foundation will helps Native American youth stay healthy and fight diseases like diabetes. The foundation's website says two out of every five Native American five-year-olds is overweight.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.