REVEALED: By Michael Campbell in an interview with bunkered.co.uk, that he intends to play an undisclosed number of European Tour events this season in preparation for senior golf in 2019, when he will turn 50. Campbell, who outdueled Tiger Woods to win the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, has not competed since he walked away from the game in early 2015. Campbell, a New Zealander who now resides in Spain, had endured years of missed cuts, assorted injuries and a breakup of his marriage.
DIED: Sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, who worked for NBC Sports since 1975 and was known for his signature “Oh, my!” exclamation for big plays, of a suspected heart attack on Dec. 21. He was 82. Enberg covered golf from 1995 to 1999, according to NBC, and worked such major golf events as the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup.
SPLIT: Tiger Woods, from swing coach Chris Como, Woods announced on his Twitter account. Woods returned to competition in December after a 10-month absence during which he underwent a fourth back surgery and was arrested on a DUI charge, eventually pleading guilty to reckless driving (“In the news,” Oct. 30, http://bit.ly/2qcy4zm). Woods, 42, a 14-time major champion who hasn’t won since 2013, said: “I’ve done this by primarily relying on my feel and previous years of hard work with Chris. For now, I think it’s best for me to continue to do this on my own. I’m grateful to Chris Como for his past work, and I have nothing but respect for him.”
CLARIFIED: In a follow-up tweet to a previous announcement via Twitter, Ernie Els said that he has been invited to Augusta National Golf Club as an honorary invitee for the Masters and not as a participant. Els, 48, a four-time major champion, is not eligible to compete in the Masters after a five-year exemption for his 2012 British Open victory expired. Els intends to try to qualify in time for the April 5-8 tournament. In 23 appearances in the Masters, Els owns six top-10 finishes, including runners-up in 2000 and 2004.