Tiger Woods to open course with TV match featuring Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose
Tiger Woods will open his first public course with a made-for TV exhibition featuring Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
The 18-hole match will feature Woods teaming up with Thomas to face McIlroy and Rose. It will borrow elements from the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, using fourball, foursomes and singles formats. The event commemorates the grand opening of Payne’s Valley Golf Course at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo.
Titled the Payne’s Valley Cup, the match will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and air on the Golf Channel.
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“Payne’s Valley is the first public golf course that I have designed. I couldn’t be prouder of how it turned out,” said Woods. “It was an honor for me and my TGR Design team to work with Johnny Morris and Big Cedar Lodge on this spectacular golf course. I am thrilled that it will be featured during the Payne’s Valley Cup.”
The course is named after Hall of Famer and Ozarks native Payne Stewart, who died in a 1999 airplane crash. Payne’s Valley Cup will raise funds for the Payne Stewart Family Foundation which supports beneficiaries that were vitally important to the late Stewart, including Kids Across America, the AJGA and the First Tee.