Tiger Woods finishes tied for 44th at prestigious Seminole Pro-Member

Tiger Woods and playing partner Seth Waugh – CEO of the PGA of America – finished six shots behind winners Mackenzie Hughes and Frank Edwards at the famed Seminole Pro-Member.

It was Woods’ first outing in the prestigious Pro-Am, which welcomes an elite crop of pros, celebrities and billionaire businessman to compete at the ultra-exclusive Seminole Golf Club the day after the PGA Tour’s stop in nearby Palm Beach Gardens.

The former World No.1 was making his first appearance since withdrawing from last month’s Genesis Invitational with reported influenza and is expected to return to PGA Tour action next week at the Players Championship – the game’s unofficial fifth Major Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Hughes and Edwards’ victory came in the Gross competition, with the duo so nearly securing victory in the Net competition as well, just losing out to Erik Van Rooyen and John Pinkham on a scorecard play-off.

It was quite the day for Van Rooyen, who was in contention to win the PGA Tour’s Cognizant Classic that had a Monday finish after heavy rain saw play suspended on Sunday.

The South African managed to complete his round on Sunday, firing a sublime eight under par 63 to surge up the leaderboard into second place and one stroke behind Austin Eckroat before play was suspended.

With the possibility of a play-off at PGA National, Van Rooyen was prepared to leave Seminole midway through his round, but Eckroat extended his lead with three birdies on the back nine to win his first PGA Tour event and leave Van Rooyen celebrating his Pro-Member triumph amongst a star-studded guest list.

Gideon Canice

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