Tiger Woods PGA Tour notebook: Tiger Woods expecting to be better than ever

Despite not playing since winning last year's U.S. Open, Tiger Woods continues making headlines.

This time, the world No. 1-ranked player made news by telling Reuters that he believes he'll be better than ever when he eventually returns to action sometime in 2009.

"I've been trying to make changes [in my swing] for years, but I didn't have much in [the knee]," Woods told Reuters Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. "It will be nice to be able to hit against a solid left side for the first time in years."

Although Woods plans to return to competitive golf in 2009, he said he doesn't expect to be fully healthy until 2010.

"It's just the healing time frame," Woods said. "After six months it's about 85 percent healed and the whole idea is not to do more damage."

Woods was also in the news Wednesday when the Associated Press reported that members at Aronimink Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia are to vote next week on whether to accept a proposal to host Woods' AT&T National in 2010 and 2011.

That's when Congressional Country Club - the tournament's current site - will be undergoing renovation for the 2011 U.S. Open.

"It looks very favorable right now," AT&T National Tournament Director Greg McLaughlin told the AP. "They keep telling me everyone is excited about it, so I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll receive a favorable report."

Congressional will still host the AT&T National in 2009.

Bringing in some help

U.S. Presidents Cup team captain Fred Couples appears to be bringing in the big guns to help with next year's Oct. 8-11 event in San Francisco as Reuters reports that he has lined up Michael Jordan and Robin Williams to help with the squad.

Couples said he also wants Tiger Woods back on the squad for the match-play competition. While some have theorized that the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team was actually better off without Woods, Couples disagrees.

"When he's on your team, he's a leader," Couples said in an interview with Reuters. "He has fun with the next guy in line, or the 12th guy in line. He's looking to hang with the boys."

Steve Williams' broadcast debut

Steve Williams will make his debut as a TV commentator at the inaugural Kiwi Challenge in his native New Zealand. The event will be televised by NBC on Nov. 15-16 in the U.S. In New Zealand, the Kiwi Challenge will air on Sky TV on Nov. 26-27.

Most famous for being the caddie of Tiger Woods, Williams will serve as an on-course commentator for the tournament. The field includes Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker in a 36-hole, stroke-play tournament that features a $2.6 million purse and a $1.5 million first prize.

"This is my first experience at this," Williams told PGATour.com. "I'm doing this because the Kiwi Challenge will bring great exposure for New Zealand and give New Zealanders the opportunity to see four of the world's best players in one group. Seldom would we have four players of this quality at a tournament."

Ballesteros' condition stable

Seve Ballesteros is reportedly in stable condition in a Madrid hospital while undergoing tests to get to the bottom of the dizzy spell he experienced this week. The five-time major champion was taken to La Paz Monday after briefly losing consciousness.

Ballesteros, 51, has a history of back pain. He retired from competition in 2007.

The Associated Press reported that La Paz University Hospital said it was not known when Ballesteros might be released.

October 8, 2008

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