Woods helps build fund for Bahamas relief efforts

Former long-running world No 1 golfer Tiger Woods and singer Justin Timberlake were among the first to put their hands up to help out the struggling nation of The Bahamas as it reels from the effects of Hurricane Dorian.

With hundreds still missing after the complete devastation of the islands, Woods and Timberlake have created a relief fund and also pledged to match the first $US6million given to help support relief efforts.

Damage from Hurricane Dorian Damage from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

“As a strong believer in philanthropy and teamwork, I’m excited to partner with my friends to establish the ONE Bahamas Fund in support of Hurricane Dorian relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts,” explained US Masters champion Woods in a series of tweets.

The official death toll in the Bahamas stands at 50 but Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said he expected the number to significantly increase.

Golf courses are a serious tourist attraction in The Bahamas and among the hardest hit was Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, the Instagram-famous spring-break destination of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman.

Situated on an island about 18 kilometres north of Marsh Harbour, the resort, reachable only by boat, was heavily damaged by the storm surge and high winds.

“We are saddened by the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian and are committed to helping with disaster relief and recovery,” the resort said in a statement.

Fowler and Thomas, among others, have already pledged their support.

In addition to an initial donation to the relief organisation Convoy of Hope, Thomas has offered $1,000 for every birdie he makes for the rest of 2019.

“It’s devastating, but to me it’s more sad for the crew and staff because they all usually boated over from Marsh Harbour,” said Thomas.

“That’s where they grew up. And now it’s totally wiped out.”