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Golf: Woods, Dufner drop out of Turning Stone tournament

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VERONA — The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge announced Monday an updated field for the seventh annual event after Tiger Woods and Jason Dufner withdrew from the tournament taking place Aug. 27 at Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Atunyote Golf Club.

Woods and Dufner both withdrew due to injuries that require rest and recovery. Woods announced last Tuesday he would be taking a three month break from competitive golf to fully recover from a lingering back issue. Dufner is resting an aggravated neck issue that caused him to pull out of last week’s PGA Championship midway through the opening round.

While Woods will not be teeing it up at this year’s NB3F Challenge, the 14-time Major champion is still planning to be at Turning Stone and will attend several events for the Challenge sponsors and tournament VIPs.

Erik Compton, a double heart transplant who finished tied for second at this year’s U.S. Open, will be replacing Woods, and Patrick Reed is substituting for Dufner to represent one of the Team USA groups.

Begay, along with Jimmy Walker, currently standing in second place in the FedEx Cup race, will round out Team USA.

The talented pair of Jonas Blixt, runner-up in the Masters in 2014 with two PGA Tour victories, and Angel Cabrera, a two-time major champion and four-time Presidents Cup team member with 42 global victories, will join forces to represent Team International. They’ll be joined by Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 British Open Champion, and the winner of the 2011 Bob Hope Classic, Jhonattan Vegas.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. General admission tickets are available for $50. Children under 16 are admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

For tickets, call 315-361-7469 or visit www.turningstone.com/golf/atunyote

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