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Tiger the Designer

One of the greatest golfers ever is now designing golf courses, and his first public course in the United States just opened in August
By Larry Olmsted | From America’s Most Notorious Mobsters, November/December 2020
Tiger the Designer
“Dynamite and creativity and here we are,”says Tiger Woods with a chuckle. It’s September 22, opening day at Payne’s Valley, his first public golf course design in the United States, and he is standing in the clubhouse after his round, explaining the dramatic design of the course’s 19th hole. Just 15 minutes earlier he had made his par putt on the island green par-3, after officially opening the layout with a charity match where he and fellow pro Justin Thomas took on European superstars Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. With occasional taunts from both sides, the Americans won the lighthearted contest then took a ceremonial approach to the bonus hole, joined on the tee …
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