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TGR Design, the golf course design firm owned by Tiger Woods, and Big Cedar are paying tribute to Springfield native Payne Stewart, victor of three major titles on the PGA tour, by naming the new course Payne's Valley.

The former world number one gave a short update on his status at a news conference announcing his first public golf course on Tuesday.

Woods also will design a par-3 course at the nearby Big Cedar Lodge, with a similar goal of getting families together to enjoy nature and the game of golf together.

TGR Design has now designed 10 courses in different parts of the world, including two that have been completed and opened, Bluejack National outside of Houston and El Cardonal in Mexico.

Woods wants to build the course as a tribute and memorial for Stewart. It is scheduled to open in 2019. "I know we're struggling with it right now".

This new course will be a public Par 3 golf course with 19 holes.

The course will be on the site of the Murder Rock Golf Club, a John Daly course that closed when Morris bought the land in October 2013.




RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Tiger Woods is no longer a newcomer when it comes to course design.

"It's going to be a fun experience", Woods said.

The announcement was less about Woods' health and future, though, than the newest course design for his company, TGR Design.

But Woods missed the green with his opening wedge shot falling short into water.

The golf course development has kept Woods busy as he recovers from back surgery. Woods answered, "I was never opposed to that".

The 14 major titles are second only to the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus - who coincidentally is in the area for this week's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. We didn't have a lot of money and that's where I learned how to play.

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