Phew. The PGA Tour is breathing a sigh of relief today. Because Tiger Woods played four pain-free rounds (and three excellent rounds of golf) at the Hero World Challenge? Well, yes, but more because the Tour's sacred tax exempt status was challenged by a subsection in the Senate version of the proposed tax bill. A final version of the bill, however, saw the removal of the provision, so it looks like commissioner Monahan and company have dodged a bullet. The Tour has always claimed non-profit status is vital to attracting sponsors and acting as a sieve for charitable giving. This is a view, of course, that is not shared by all.
Ben Alberstadt, Your Editor
Golfweek's Jeff Babineau with one of the better bits of reporting on Woods' return and future prospects.
John Paul Newport, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, files a bit for Golf Digest on the PGA Tour's sigh of relief.
If Tiger were Star Wars then 1997 would be his Episode IV A New Hope , 2000 his Empire Strikes Back...