PGA Tour pro hits out at staging event at Tiger Woods golf course

PGA Tour pro Kelly Kraft was not the biggest fan of Tiger Woods' course. 

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Mon, 6 Nov 2023
PGA Tour pro hits out at staging event at Tiger Woods golf course

Tour pro Kelly Kraft has hit out at the PGA Tour for choosing to stage the World Wide Technology Championship for the first time at Tiger Woods' El Cardonal at Diamante last week. 

The tournament, which was first established in 2007, had previously been staged at Mayakoba but that course was included on the LIV Golf League roster for 2023. 

The PGA Tour therefore chose to end their partnership with Mayakoba, and Woods' El Cardonal, also in Mexico, stepped up.

The 2023 WWT Championship was won by South Africa's Erik van Rooyen, who finished birdie-birdie-eagle to set a tournament scoring record of 27-under par.

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It also matched the aggregate record score (261) set by Viktor Hovland (2021) and Russell Henley (2022) at Mayakoba. 

But while there were plenty of birdies to be found at Woods' golf course, not everyone enjoyed the venue. 

One of those was Kelly Kraft, a one-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour. 

Kraft, 35, made the cut but finished a lowly solo 71st on 8-under par and 19 strokes behind champion van Rooyen. 

Kraft wrote on Instagram:

"Best part about this week was having my family here and watching the @rangers win the World Series!! About the golf, not sure where to start. All I will say is the @pgatour could do a better job at picking courses to host these events. In my opinion this wasn’t my favorite course, and I’ve played on tour for a little while. Better luck next week. Side note, I will say that @wwt_inc did a great job with what they had. Thanks for the hospitality!"


Kraft was pressed by one golf fan as to what he did not particularly enjoy about Woods' golf course but he has not yet responded. 

One particular clip from the tournament went viral when Thomas Detry found the middle of the putting surface at a par-3 (hitting to some 25 feet from the hole) only for his ball to end up catching the slope and finding its way into the penalty area. 

It did not go down well with fans


Kraft is currently ranked 152nd in the FedEx Cup Fall Standings.

He needs to crack the Top 150 with two more events on the schedule in order to gain conditional PGA Tour status. 

Kraft needs to get into the Top 125 should he want to earn his PGA Tour card for 2024.

There are just two more events on the PGA Tour schedule for 2023.

The Tour heads to Bermuda this week and then onto the season-ending RSM Classic. 

The PGA Tour recently confirmed those finishing between 126 and 200 in the standings will get the opportunity to play on the DP World Tour in 2024.

Adam Long may have finished T23 at the WWT Championship but he matched an incredible PGA Tour record that was last set back in 1992.