Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Anderson Named Director of PGA Performance Center

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Anderson Named Director of PGA Performance Center

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Byline: Garry Smits

Score one for Ponte Vedra Beach in the unofficial rivalry with Sea Island, Ga., involving several levels of golf, from being a resort destination to the growing number of PGA Tour and Web.com Tour players calling both areas home.

Todd Anderson, a past PGA teacher in the year who has been the director of instruction at the Sea Island Club Golf Performance Center, has journeyed 85 miles south to take over as the director of the PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass. The new building, nearly twice the size of the previous facility, will open following the 2017 Players Championship in May.

Anderson has been at Sea Island for 14 years and has been the swing coach for two past FedEx Cup champions, Billy Horschel of Ponte Vedra Beach and Brandt Snedeker. He has taught more than 100 touring professionals on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the LPGA and sinc3 2002 has been listed on Golf Digest's 50 greatest teachers.

The PGA Tour Performance Center's new home will double the number of hitting bays, expand its putting lab and club-fitting areas and add a fitness area. The square footage of the building will increase from 4,050 to 7,680.

"I am very excited about this opportunity with the PGA Tour and look forward to using our state-of-the-art performance center to create programs that will help players of all levels improve," Anderson said in a statement.

"I can't think of a better fit than Todd for this role as we enter a new chapter in the evolution of TPC Sawgrass," said PGA Tour golf course properties CEO Jim Triola in another statement.

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Jordan Spieth seems to thrive when he plays back-to-back at the Australian Open and the Hero World Challenge.

Spieth won both events in 2014. Last year, he tied for second in Australia and finished solo fourth at the Hero.

Two weeks ago, Spieth won the Australian Open for the second time.

If he can pull off a victory at Albany in the Bahamas, Spieth would be the fourth multiple winner of the tournament hosted by Tiger Woods - who has won his own tournament five times. …

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