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We know where Tiger Woods' next 'start' will come—in the star-studded Seminole Pro-Member

March 02, 2024

Ben Jared

In a field packed with recognizable names from a variety of professions, the vaunted Seminole Pro-Member tournament that is set for Monday boasts the biggest figure in all of golf: Tiger Woods.

On the tee sheet posted on X by @5ClubsGolf for the two-person best-ball competition, Woods is teamed with PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh in a foursome with two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Mike Walrath, the chairman and CEO of the software company Yext.

And how’s this for back-to- back groups? Just in front of Woods, NFL great Tom Brady is playing with partner Tony Finau, alongside the team of Ernie Els and South African businessman Johann Rupert.

Woods will be in action after having to withdraw while suffering from the flu during the second round of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in mid-February.

The Seminole Pro-Member started in 1937 at the highly exclusive Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., ranked No. 10 in Golf Digest’s current America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. The event attracts some of the top pros as they prep for the week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. For some golfers, it will be their only tournament of the week, because in the new tour landscape, the API is a $20 million signature event with only 70 or so players in the field.

Rory McIlroy, who is one of the few highly ranked players competing in this week’s Cognizant Classic, will play the Seminole with his father, Gerry. Also in their group is fellow Irishman Padraig Harrington and Ed Herlihy, chairman of the PGA Tour.

The field is otherwise stacked with other top players, including major winners Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick and Nelly Korda.

As for high-powered businessmen, there are plenty. Jimmy Dunne III, the Seminole club president who joined the PGA Tour policy board in 2022, was a key powerbroker who joined commissioner Jay Monahan in coming to the controversial framework agreement with Saudi Arabia’s PIF. He is playing on Monday with Kiwi tour pro Ryan Fox. Most will recognize the name Chuck Schwab, the namesake of the investment firm he founded and a sizeable financial supporter of the PGA Tour.

Seminole Golf Club
Seminole Golf Club
Juno Beach, FL
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A majestic Donald Ross design with a clever routing on a rectangular site, each hole at Seminole encounters a new wind direction. The greens are no longer Ross, replaced 50 years ago in a regrassing effort that showed little appreciation for the original rolling contours. The bunkers aren’t Ross either. Dick Wilson replaced them in 1947, his own version meant to the imitate crests of waves on the adjacent Atlantic. A few years back, Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw redesigned the bunkers again, along with exposing some sandy expanses in the rough. Seminole has long been one of America’s most exclusive clubs, which is why it was thrilling to see it on TV for a first time during the TaylorMade Driving Relief match, and then again for the 2021 Walker Cup.
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