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March 17, 2011

Truth and Rumors: Players donating to Japan relief

Posted at 9:28 AM by Ryan Reiterman | Categories: LPGA Tour, Masters, Sean Foley, Tiger Woods, Truth & Rumors

The LPGA Tour's first domestic event of 2011 is this week in Phoenix, with the entire $1 million purse going to charity. Half of the purse will go to the LPGA Foundation, while the other $500,000 will go to the designated charities of players who finish in the top 10.

In light of the disaster in Japan, Yani Tseng has decided to make the UNICEF Tap Project her designated charity this week. The UNICEF Tap Project is raising funds to help children who have been impacted by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

“I was touched when researching charities and I looked at the website of the UNICEF Tap Project,” Tseng says. “I have a soft spot in my heart for children, so I hope my play in Phoenix can help this great cause."

Paula Creamer also announced via Twitter that she will be donating any earnings to Japan relief.

On the PGA Tour, Stephanie Wei reports that Ryuji Imada will donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes, and he drafted a letter asking his fellow players to join him.

Foley Roundup
Sean Foley is starting to realize what it's like to coach the most scrutinized player in the history of the game, according to ESPN's Bob Harig.

"It's almost become a shot-by-shot referendum," said Foley, who began coaching Woods at last summer's PGA Championship and is working with Stephen Ames at this week's Transitions Championship.

Foley then touched on his recent spat with Hank Haney.

"Sometimes the high school cafeteria just carries on into the rest of life. It's gotten a little silly."

Then Foley added: "But I've read some of the things I've said in the past and I said after, 'You know what? I wouldn't want my son to read that I said that.' I realize that things unconsciously come out. It shows me I have a lot to learn about being grateful, about being compassionate, being empathetic and just focusing on myself."

Good idea. Stephanie Wei also talked with Foley about his constant use of a camera with Woods.

Tiger will say, ‘I’m going to take this one and get it more upright. Whoa, that felt really upright.’ So then I show him the video, ‘Here you go, Tiger, this is what it looks like when it feels really up.’ It’s not like we’re getting incremental. We’re not sitting there saying, you have to be 31 degrees across the axis at this point. It’s just more of a benchmark to know he can see how it feels. So then he can say, ‘Now I see what that feels like.’

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