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Tiger Woods takes defiant tone; hits 3 balls in water at Congressional media day

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Appearing at a media day at Congressional Country Club for next month’s Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods again pumped the brakes on any talk of an imminent return, saying, he didn’t know if he’d make his return “next week or a year from now.”

Of course, optimists can focus on the first part of Woods’ statement as evidence that he could return shortly. This fact, however, may give the glass-half-fullers pause: Hitting balls from 100 yards out at Congressional’s 10th hole, Woods found the water three times. USA Today’s Christine Brennan tweeted videos the tournament host’s shots.

And since this is GolfWRX, we can’t help ourselves from breaking down the mechanics of the 40-year-old golfer’s action on casual 100-yard wedge shots in an exhibition setting.

What do you see, WRXers?

While you’re dissecting, it’s also worth noting: Woods said he thinks he can still surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors saying, “I think his…record is certainly still attainable.”

Reading the tea leaves based on three water-ball wedge shots isn’t wise, but it wasn’t convincing stuff from the 14-time major champion.

A final note: The statement about breaking Nicklaus’ record, however, and the following stand in contrast to the “who knows/wait-and-see” angle Team Tiger has been pushing. Woods told the audience at Congressional, “People have written me off; I’m not fertilizer.”

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  1. Tour Pro

    Jun 13, 2016 at 5:47 am

    If Tiger stuck his 1st shot 3″ from the pin, people would call him all kinds of names.

  2. Czshakes

    May 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Do you think any PGA or even Web.com tour player would swing that slowly and delibrately if they were trying to hit that pin? You can actually see Tiger put the brakes on his downswing right after an early transition. Dumb ass article

  3. Bert

    May 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Leave him alone! Makes since to me nothing he does will be accepted, wrong if he’s right and right if he’s wrong. Tough price to pay but he did make his own bed. I thought he looked like he was still protecting his back. When you’ve been injured the mind will continue to protect.

  4. Dick Woodcock

    May 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Maybe he should get the XE1 wedge…

    • Adam Crawford

      May 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Best comment ever. I’m sure Arron Oberholser would sell him one.

  5. rhonda

    May 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I see a poorly written article about a non-topic.

  6. B. Parsons

    May 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    As John said below, it was a closest to the pin contest with military vets. He put 3 in the drink cause he was a good sport and wanted to give some vets a great experience and a story to tell.

    As for the article… What a piece of written garbage…

  7. Dave

    May 18, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Tiger is his own worst talk show ,once a very respected young man and a great golfer but not good enough had to get better I feel sorry for him he is in a very tough position . Does not matter what he does he will be forever badgered by the MEDIA give it a rest already .find someone else to pick on and write about. This same old same old gets old””…………?………………………

  8. Mat

    May 18, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Has someone done a Tin Cup mashup?

  9. Joe

    May 17, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I am not convinced that he hit a Pitching wedge. More likely it was a SW or Lob, plus they looked liked they were picked of the ground, did anyone see a divot?

  10. Leon

    May 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    “I think his…record is certainly still attainable.”

    This is a little strategic saying. He may actually referred to “I think his…record is certainly still attainable. (by someone, but not me)”

  11. yan freeman

    May 17, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Tiger hit those shots into the water on purpose. It was a kp contest and the Veteran before him barley hit the green. If you think Tiger Woods couldn’t carry a wedge 100 yards then you’re the one that needs some help not him.

    • Scott

      May 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Maybe, but are all of these veterans 6 years old? Did they hand out 9th place ribbons too? These men and women would like a fair shot at what ever they want to attempt, not some lame former #1 dumping balls in the drink to make them feel good. Tiger’s swing was awful. Look legitimate terrible shots to me. Why didn’t he swing and miss? Why didn’t he just top it to the end of the box.

      Tiger is clearly no closer to the PGA tour right now than I am.

      • Yan

        May 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

        Tigers pulled stuff like that before. It doesn’t matter if they want a fair shot. How good would you feel if you showed one of them up? I bet your close to the tour…

        • Scott

          May 19, 2016 at 12:04 pm

          Yeah, like when he was going out to dinner with Navy Seals and not picking up the tab because he wanted to be like “one of the guys”. Sure sounds like somebody that wants to dump balls in the water.

          Oh, by the way, it is you are or you’re.

  12. spazo

    May 17, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    this is so stupid.

  13. rory

    May 17, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I woulda hit them in the water on purpose just to watch the dumb media frenzy….

  14. ooffa

    May 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    He sucks,

  15. Spin

    May 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Is this 3-balls Watergate? lmao

  16. 8675309

    May 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Tiger doesnt ever have to play again, which is a nice postion to be in.

  17. Cornfused...

    May 17, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I can say one thing, those shots have zero meaning. Other than that, I don’t care.

  18. Rich

    May 17, 2016 at 9:59 am

    He might not be fertiliser yet, but he’s the stuff that makes it!

  19. Jason

    May 17, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Chuck,
    Tiger isnt allowed to play web.com events given he is fully exempt on the PGA tour.

    So although I agree some minor league warm ups would be best, that isn’t in the cards. He could always play an opposite field event like Puerto Rico, but man would that piss off the sponsors of the main event lol.

  20. Chuck D

    May 17, 2016 at 3:25 am

    What did I see? I saw a rusty 9 month old swing with very little power generated. Sad it was to know that those 3 pathetic golf swings would be recorded and rocketed around the world in milliseconds. It had to be demoralizing regardless of the opportunity to pay the charity forward. The ultra competitor could not have been pleased with the 3 beverage specials. Hard to watch. My opinion only, but dude needs to go the professional baseball route and pump a ton of bank and attention into the Web.com Tour by sharpening his skills there before putting his Eldrick Indy Car back on the PGA Tour track, because he will get “runned over” as my 5 year old would say. Best wishes brotha, but I think the Golden Bear and his major record’s are sleeping comfortably.

  21. Matto

    May 17, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Whoever threw him the third ball is a dead person.

  22. Wet

    May 17, 2016 at 3:13 am

    E.T. Woods. Playing acting, again. And that’s not E. Tiger Woods. That’s Eldrick Tont. There is no more Tiger. Just an old man E.T., can’t go home, got nowhere to go.

  23. Al Czervik

    May 17, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Yawn… my god. I knew this was going to happen. Tiger makes an appearance and it’s all that is talked about on the Golf Channel. Jason Day’s win at the Players is an afterthought.
    The only reason he hasn’t officially called it quits is because the Tiger juggernaut brings in so much GD money, still. I’ve had my fill and ready to move on.

  24. SmokingGun

    May 17, 2016 at 12:38 am

    That was sad!!! You could see even before the press conference started, he was walking very gingerly towards his chair… After the second ball found the water, he wanted out!!! He’s seemed lost, with no answers in sight… My all time favorite golfer…

  25. K dawg

    May 16, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Russell Knox hit three in the water. Career must be over

  26. john

    May 16, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    ive heard that was a closest to pin with some military veterans and he was a good sport so dunked the shots.

    • Nath

      May 17, 2016 at 6:43 am

      And this is what DID Happen, nothing more, nothing less.

    • Logical

      May 17, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Exactly, he did it purposefully, just look at his face when he turns around. It’s not his swing nor a preview of anything. There’s just no story here, wether you like tiger or not.

    • Spin

      May 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      So why not just tell the truth, then? Exactly.

    • Johny Thunder

      May 18, 2016 at 5:26 am

      If that’s true, then the person who wrote this story should not be allowed to write any more. That’s beyond the usual media sensationalism that’s become the standard here, it’s total B.S.

    • B. Parsons

      May 18, 2016 at 11:58 am

      That’s pretty cool of him. Vets go home and have a killer story. They beat Tiger in a closest to the pin challenge! That’s great!

      Now for the story… What a piece of written garbage…

    • Matt

      May 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      John your right on the money.

      They had all 3 balls ready.

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Gear Dive Special Edition: A talk with Ho Sung Choi (plus WITB)

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As only he can, Johnny Wunder was able to snag 15 minutes with the purveyor of the “fisherman’s swing,” the viral phenomenon that is Ho Sung Choi.

Wunder caught up with the South Korean pro as he prepares for his sponsor’s exemption start at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Enjoy a transcript of their chat (facilitated by Choi’s interpreter, Paul Whang) below.

JW: What is his reaction to the amount of positive attention he’s getting come from the United States?

He’s thankful to the level where he can’t explain it in words. He’s very overwhelmed with the amount of fans that he has and the attention that he’s gotten lately. And because of the fans that he has, they bring him a lot more energy when he plays golf.

JW: What is he most excited about this week? 

Right now he’s just very excited to be here and playing in this tournament. He knows that there are a lot of people watching him, and he just wants to…play great and have fun…

JW: He has a very unique way of playing…is that just his natural way of playing? 

He didn’t start playing it this way…it took a while to have his game to evolve, and after a while he found a playing style that worked for him, that fit him, that’s just his natural…way of playing…He wants everyone to know that the way he plays golf, that’s how he plays naturally.

JW: What tournament is he most excited to play in? 

He can’t really give an answer, because how he sees it, he’s just very grateful to even have an opportunity to play anywhere, and because he’s a professional golfer, no matter what tournament he goes out to play, whichever tournament…he’s going to give it 100 percent…and that’s the kind of person he is.

JW: Has he been to the United States before?

This is actually his first time here…and he’s been here for 11 days now.

JW: Where did he get his golf bag? 

He actually doesn’t have a main sponsor…it wasn’t until he got to LA, it was through a favor that someone made that bag for him.

JW: Was it Burt Lamar that made the bag? [Iliac Golf]

Yes, that’s correct.

JW: What clubs does he have in the bag?

The driver is TaylorMade. Fairway wood and hybrid is Callaway. The irons are TaylorMade. Wedges by Titleist. Putter is Odyssey.

With information from Andrew Tursky at PGATour.com, Choi’s WITB is as follows.

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST  Mamiya V2 6FS Tour prototype

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Evolution V x-flex

5-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (18 degrees)

Hybrids: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 (20, 23 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura MCH 90X

Irons: TaylorMade’s 2016 Japan Gloire Forged (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro prototype

Wedges: Vokey 2018 Prototype (50, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red Jailbird Mini

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

You can listen to the full Gear Dive interview below.

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Spotted: Tony Romo with Jordan Spieth’s old wedge, Tiger Woods’ old putter at Pebble Beach

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, current CBS analyst and legitimate amateur golfing talent, Tony Romo, will be teeing it up at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week, as he often does.

And while it’s always interesting to see what sticks the ams arrive at the famed California course with, in Romo’s case, it’s particularly noteworthy. Indeed, it’s not so much about what’s in in his bag, but rather whose clubs are in his bags.

No. 9 is gaming hand-me-downs from two of his buddies: Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.

Tiger Woods’ Nike Method 001

 

Jordan Spieth’s 60-degree Vokey SM7

This officially confirms our suspicions that it is advantageous to be a celebrity golfer with professional golfer buddies.

 

 

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Tour Rundown: Fowler in Phoenix, DJ surges in Saudi Arabia

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With the big NFL game on tap, professional golf was hard-pressed to offer anything dramatic enough to capture the viewing public’s attention. Well, they did so, in spades. Haotong Li and Dustin Johnson did battle in Saudi Arabia, while Rickie Fowler matched wits with rain, the rule book, bad decisions, and Branden Grace in Scottsdale. Oh, and the Web.Com tour let it fly high in the Andes.

For a quick rundown of all things tour, read on, friends!

PGA Tour: Phoenix Open goes to Orange Crush

Rickie Fowler continues to find interesting ways to get himself in contention at the Phoenix Open. In 2019, Fowler shot the low daily round on Thursday and Saturday, and was one stroke removed from that honor on Friday. That magnificence afforded him a four-stroke cushion over Matt Kuchar after 54 holes. The question on everyone’s minds was, could BDR (the acronym for his special, 16th-hole nickname, bestowed by special fans) finally lockdown a win, on a course he owns, against a strong field? If the header for this section wasn’t enough of a spoiler, well…

Blame it on the weather. Blame it on the rules. Blame it on … oh, wait, Rickie won! After two runner-up finishes in Scottsdale, the mod Californian avoided an unthinkable collapse with birdies on two of his final four holes. Despite the double bogey at the 5th, in spite of the inexplicable triple bogey at the 11th, and the bogey at 12, Fowler dug deep and benefited from a Branden Grace collapse. What’s that? Well, as Fowler foundered, Grace stood three under on the day an 16-under for the tournament. Unable to take advantage of the two closing birdie holes (15 and 17), Grace finished solo second at 15 under. Fowler’s 17-under total allowed him to finally taste victory in the desert. Will it lead to his first, career major title? This writer says aye.

European Tour: Inaugural Saudi International to world’s number-three player, Dustin Johnson

There was a story a minute this week in the middle east. From Sergio Garcia’s disqualification, to Li Haotong’s four-eagle performance in round three, pundits found plenty of material to fill columns and posts. Although Garcia’s week ended early, Li hung around until the 72nd hole. He began the day tied with Dustin Johnson for the lead, but was unable to separate by more than one stroke as the pair approached the turn. A bogey-birdie exchange sent the lead to Johnson, and he ran with it. The 2016 US Open champion offset two back-nine bogeys with a quartet of birdies.

Li, meanwhile, bogeyed three of his first five holes on the inward half, and could only narrow the gap to two strokes by day’s end. Haotong finds himself in the enviable/unenviable position of being able to win against lesser competition, but unable to stand tall against the world’s best. If he hopes to challenge at major events, he’ll need to overcome that mental block. England’s Tom Lewis began the day with the hottest of hand, making birdie on his opening five holes. He cooled off to even-par the rest of the way, finishing third alone at 16 under, one behind Li and three behind the champion.

Web.Com Tour: CCB Championship and Mark Anderson survive Saturday lightning delay

The Country Club de Bogota championship ran straight into a round-ending lightning delay on Saturday, necessitating 27 holes for the leaders on Sunday. The organizers and the competitors were up to the task, and the event reached 72 holes on schedule. Not struck by lightning, but the owner of lightning in a bottle, was Maryland’s Mark Anderson. The South Carolina alum opened the week with an eight-birdie 62 and kept the pedal floored.

A Friday 71 was the week’s only hiccough, but the 32-year old closed with 3 birdies over the final four holes to preserve the top spot. Came the weekend, and Anderson went to work. Scores of 66-67 were exceeded by only Drew Weaver (by one stroke.) Weaver ultimately took the second spot on the podium, but the tournament belonged to Anderson. His 17-under effort on the week gave him a four-shot cushion. The win moved Anderson into second place on The 25, the season-long chase for PGA Tour cards.

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