POTOMAC -- Kemper Open general chairman Ben Brundred said yesterday that the tournament will refund the money for anyone who had purchased tickets hoping to see Tiger Woods play this week at the TPC at Avenel.
Brundred said that as of 3: 15 p.m. he had received three requests for refunds.
It turned out that everyone who had asked for a refund had purchased their tickets after Woods had committed to the tournament last Friday. Woods pulled out of the event Monday, citing a back injury for which he is receiving treatment.
"We did ask [when they bought the tickets], but we will give them their money back anyway," said Brundred.
The $2 million event begins tomorrow with a field that includes defending champion and reigning British Open champion Justin Leonard, as well as reigning Masters champion Mark O'Meara and former PGA and British Open champion John Daly, as its headliners.
A spokesman for International Management Group, which represents the 22-year-old superstar, said that Woods was still in Orlando yesterday but would fly out today to see physical therapist Keith Kleven in Las Vegas. Woods is said to be suffering from a "chronic" lower back problem, but should be ready for the U.S. Open.
Two-time Kemper champion Bill Glasson also withdraw because an injury, and was replaced by Robin Freeman.
Pub Date: 6/03/98