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Tiger Woods emerges at Medinah and meets with officials on Chicago golf plan

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Golf

MEDINAH, Ill. -- Tiger Woods entered and exited public view quickly Tuesday. But he remained at Medinah long enough to get briefed on the plan to renovate the courses at Chicago's Jackson Park and South Shore.

Woods arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. and said he'd give it a go at the BMW Championship, the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events on the PGA Tour. Woods will be first off the first tee in Wednesday's pro-am, starting at 6:50 a.m. He is scheduled to meet with reporters after.

Woods has said that winning the Masters in April took a toll on his body, and he wasn't kidding. He has teed it up only five times since, making two cuts. He withdrew from the Northern Trust last weekend with what he called a mild oblique strain.

Woods received physical therapy Tuesday afternoon before huddling with NBC/Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing, who is spearheading the $30 million-to-$60 million Jackson Park project, and his TGR Design duo of Bryon Bell and Beau Welling. TGR Design became the lead architect on the plan in December 2016 with the idea of building a course that could host a BMW Championship.

During the meeting Rolfing asked Woods if he remains committed.

According to those present, Woods replied: "Absolutely, I'm as interested as I've ever been. Let's get this done. We have to make this happen."

 

Rolfing and the TGR team later met with Ald. Leslie Hairston, who favors the plan.

"We have tried so hard to get investment on the South Side," Hairston told the Tribune. "The reason I'm here is to see what that investment looks like, what it can bring. I came to the underbelly to see the setup. Carpentry, electricians, HVAC, all of that is done locally (for tournaments)."

Organizers hope she can help sway the mayor's office. Rahm Emanuel was a strong advocate for the plan, but Lori Lightfoot has yet to voice approval, saying she's "not wild about" what she has heard.

Hairston believes she can win the mayor over, saying she will walk Lightfoot around the South Shore Cultural Center to "separate fact from fiction."

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