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Many celebrities and sports professionals from past years will be returning for the sixth-annual playing of the Legends of Golf in 2019. Stay tuned to see if your favorite celebrity or pro will be here! 


Tiger Woods Kids' Golf Clinic kicks off 2018 Legends of Golf tournament week with a bang!

Stunt planes flying over the crowd. Skydivers parachuting down onto the range. A bounce house shaped like a giant bass. Fishing ponds. Animals from Wonders of Wildlife. Water and popcorn to keep the kids happy and hydrated. Free and fun, the Tiger Woods Kids' Golf Clinic had all of this and more...including the big man himself!

Thousands of golf fans descended on Buffalo Ridge on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, and the weather didn't disappoint. With the sun out and the temperature a pleasant 76°, Tiger was introduced to cheers from thousands of fans. Many had been waiting a lifetime (literally!) to see the man who's been the biggest name in golf since his Masters win in 1997. And there he was, healthy and playing golf again after multiple surgeries on his back, presenting young golf enthusiasts with a chance to learn from a true legend. 

Introduced by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, Tiger expressed his gratitude to be able to put on a clinic at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf event. "All I know is that I'm so thankful," said Tiger. "Last year at this point in time I didn't know if I would be able to swing a club again. So to be here with all of you guys is just a blessing. Thank you!" 

He began with his usual warmup routine—reminding kids to always start with a sand wedge and work up to the driver—and warmed up his achy-but-now-healthy back by hitting some shorter shots...including one that he purposely aimed at a nearby drone! Reminding the crowd that this was his first chance to hit balls since competing in The Masters the first week of April, Tiger soon broke out his 3-wood for a few of his trademark "stingers".

Then, to the crowd's delight, out came his new driver. High hooks, low hooks, high fades, low fades—Tiger hit them all, on demand, all the while providing commentary to entertain the crowd. He even hit several shots at (and over) the "W" in the "Welcome Tiger" signage out on the range at Buffalo Ridge, proving once again that he still has the clubhead speed and length to test the bounds of ANY golf range or golf course.

He wrapped things up by taking questions from the kids surrounding him, giving everyone in attendance insight into one of the greatest minds in all of sports. He described how long his longest drive was (half a mile...on an airport tarmac), how he once hit a drive from one continent to another (in Istanbul), and who his toughest competitor was (himself).

As he said his goodbyes and thanked everyone for coming out to see the Kids' Golf Clinic, Tiger took a moment to reflect. With Traci Stewart, wife of the late, great Payne Stewart, sitting just a few feet away, Tiger described his recently announced collaboration with Johnny Morris to design Payne's Valley, a new 18-hole golf course, at Big Cedar Lodge. "I'm just very lucky and very thrilled. I hope that when this is all said and done, you'll get a chance to play Payne's Valley with your family and friends and just enjoy being out there."

For one very special day in the Ozarks, golfers young and old had a chance to see the greatest golfer of his generation, and to dream about what it might be like to play a local course just down the road designed by Tiger Woods.

In 2019, when Payne's Valley is scheduled to open for public play, that dream will become a wonderful new reality. 

 


 

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