Furyk thinks Woods will play Masters
From Staff and Wire Reports
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Like most people, Jim Furyk has no idea when Tiger Woods , the world's No. 1-ranked player, will return to the PGA Tour --- even from his perspective as the No. 5-ranked player in the world and a frequent Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup partner with Woods.

Furyk, a Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., resident and 13-time PGA Tour winner, made the same guess a lot of people are making.

"If I had to bet, I'd bet we'd see him at Augusta (for the Masters Tournament April 8-11)," Furyk said before conducting a clinic at The First Tee of St. Johns County in Florida. "Tiger hasn't come out and made any real public statements, so it's hard to figure out. Everyone is guessing it will be Augusta. Whether he comes out earlier, or there, I have no idea."

Furyk said when Woods does return, the reaction of fellow players is going to involve "mixed feelings."

"There will be people who probably won't be as friendly and people who are," Furyk said. "Tiger probably understands that and realizes that the people who he considers his friends will pat him on the back and encourage him."

GREEN'S SON DIES: Authorities say Hunter Green , the son of former professional golfer Ken Green , was found dead in his dorm room at Southern Methodist University last week.

SMU officials say the body of a student was found about 12:30 p.m. Friday. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday that the student was Green, a 21-year-old sophomore. Campus officials said no foul play was involved and an investigation is under way.

It's the second family tragedy in eight months for Ken Green, who won five PGA Tour events between 1985-89. Green had his lower right leg amputated last June after a recreational vehicle accident in which his brother and girlfriend were killed.

Green acknowledged his son's death on his personal blog.

DUVAL WITHDRAWS: David Duval went from the sixth alternate at Torrey Pines to receiving a sponsor's exemption to withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open, all within a span of about 24 hours.

Missing from this strange sequence of events is that Duval had already been rejected once. When the exemption was awarded to him Monday night, his West Coast schedule already was set.

"It was entirely unplanned," Duval said Tuesday from his home in Denver. "I had written for an exemption and was turned down, and other things fell into place."

The former British Open champion ran out of status last year when he failed to finish in the top 125 on the money list and didn't earn a card from Q-school.

The PGA Tour players who initially received exemptions to Torrey Pines were John Daly, Rocco Mediate and Billy Mayfair . The tournament had two extra exemptions, and gave them to Duval and Tom Pernice Jr .

From the Wednesday, January 27, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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