Committed: Tiger Woods, to the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship but not to next week’s Honda Classic, which is played near his home in Jupiter, Fla. Woods cited the PGA Tour’s revised schedule this year, which features the Honda, Palmer and Players events in consecutive weeks, as his reasoning for skipping Honda. Woods is an eight-time winner of the API at Bay Hill in Orlando and a two-time winner of the Players, the Tour’s flagship event, in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Confirmed: By Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, that he will skip this year’s Irish Open as part of his preparations for the British Open, he said in an interview with the BBC. McIlroy, 29, who was the tournament host of his national championship from 2015 to 2018, said that he will skip this year’s event at Lahinch and play the next week at the Scottish Open, which precedes the British Open at Royal Portrush. The Open is returning to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951. McIlroy, a four-time major champion and No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking, won the 2016 Irish Open.
Announced: Sites for six U.S. Amateur Championships, in the years 2021-2026, according to the U.S. Golf Association. The courses: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club in 2021; Ridgewood (N.J.) Country Club in 2022; Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., in 2023; Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., in 2024; Olympic Club in San Francisco in 2025; and Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., in 2026. This year’s U.S. Amateur will be played Aug. 12-18 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, and the 2020 event will be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.
Named: As winner of the USGA’s 2018 Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, “Par Excellence: The Biography of Sir Michael Bonallack, OBE.” Author Donald Steele will be recognized at the USGA annual meeting Saturday in San Antonio. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to golf literature.