Number of times in the 11-year existence of the Joburg Open, which begins Thursday in Johannesburg, that a South African has won the event. The list of countrymen to have won: Darren Fichardt (2017), Haydn Porteous (2016), George Coetzee (2014), Richard Sterne (2013, ’08), Branden Grace (2012) and Charl Schwartzel (2011, ’10). Dylan Frittelli, who won last week’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, will seek to add his name to the list of South African winners as the Joburg Open moves to Randpark Golf Club after 11 years at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. The tournament is tri-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine tours.
Updated odds for Tiger Woods to win the Masters. Woods had been a 50-1 choice last week before he posted three rounds in the 60s and tied for ninth in the 18-man Hero World Challenge. Woods, who turns 42 on Dec. 30, is a four-time Masters champion who returned to competition after a 10-month absence. During his time away from golf, he underwent spinal fusion surgery, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and pled guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving, and sought rehabilitation for a prescription pain-pill dependency.
Percentage of respondents to a Morning Read social-media question who expect Tiger Woods to win at least once in 2018. Among the other respondents, 32 percent expect him to contend often but not win and 16 percent said he will struggle to make cuts.