Tiger Woods took time on Tuesday to make a big announcement. He and his company, TGR, are going to design a public golf course for the first time in Missouri.
The site of the course will be Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale. The public course will be named “Payne’s Valley” in honor of the late Payne Stewart, a native of Missouri and former Ryder Cup teammate of Woods. Stewart won 11 times on the PGA Tour and captured three majors (PGA Championship and two U.S. Open titles).
Stewart tragically lost his life in 1999 in a plane crash at just 42 years of age. Woods wants to build the course as a tribute and memorial for Stewart.
Woods also gave a general update on his recovery from back spasms that has kept him out of competitive golf since February.
“The back is progressing,” he said. “I have good days and bad days. I’ve had three back operations and that’s just kind of the nature of the business, unfortunately. That’s all I can say.”
The target open date for Payne’s Valley is 2019.
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