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Tiger’s agent disputes “comical” report that Woods won’t play the Masters



Let’s back up to the beginning of this dramatic back-and-forth. First, there was Brian Wacker’s report Friday for Golf Digest that it’s unlikely Tiger Woods will tee it up at the Masters this year. Here’s the pertinent bit.

“Woods’ agent did not respond to an email seeking an update on his condition and schedule, but one source close to the situation near Woods’ home in Jupiter, Fla., said, “I would be shocked if he plays anytime soon.”

“Another source said that he saw Woods recently and he “didn’t look good,” adding that while he hopes he is back soon, Woods doesn’t look close to being ready and that a return at the Masters would be too soon. The source added that all Woods has been able to do of late has been putt.”

Woods, of course, hasn’t played a competitive round since withdrawing from the Abu Dhabi Championship at the beginning of February.

While Steinberg didn’t respond to Wacker’s email, he sure felt compelled to talk to Golf Channel in light of the scribe’s report. Here’s what Mark Steinberg had to say.

“I have no idea who Mr. Wacker’s really close sources are. I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him; so how he could know something that Tiger and I don’t know is comical. I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other. I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement.”

It’s no secret that Team Tiger is a secretive bunch, so the idea that someone broke ranks and spoke to Golf Digest is particularly irksome to Woods’ longtime agent. It’s unclear who the “nobody” in question would be/who Steinberg feels has the authority to speak on Woods’ condition (besides he and Woods).

It’s also unclear how Woods isn’t “in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters” with the tournament just three weeks away. And Steinberg certainly didn’t refute the report that Woods’ practice has been limited to stroking a few putts since the WD in Abu Dhabi…

Anyway, Geoff Shackelford (and Tim Rosaforte) essentially backed up Wacker’s source reports. Per Shackelford:

“Tim Rosaforte confirmed on Morning Drive that the chatter around Jupiter–“interclub to interclub, golf gym to golf gym”–suggests Tiger has not been seen playing or practicing. Rosaforte notes this may be misleading since Tiger could be practicing at his home facility. Rosaforte also notes, “if Tiger was hitting balls you would have heard about it and read about it by now from me, just living down there.’”

Ultimately, here’s the most optimistic take on this war of words: Woods is completing some level of practice and preparation at his home facility and is yet to concern himself with a firm decision on whether he’ll play in the Masters.

But with the first round beginning on April 6, he’ll surely want to dial up his preparations in earnest if there’s a chance we’ll see him inside the ropes at Augusta National.

Also a certainty: Woods’ book signing Monday in New York will be the most attentively watched and heavily scrutinized in the history of golf book signings.

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    Mar 28, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Oh. Thank you very much! The good infomation!


    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Thank you! Very googd

  3. S Hitter

    Mar 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    He can show up and just hit the opening ball with the rest of the honourable retirees


    Mar 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    In the end, it doesn’t really matter. “Will he?. Won’t he?”
    He won’t.

  5. Steve S

    Mar 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    You bet on Tigwer Woods in Vegas. Not on his finish in the Masters…but whether he’ll play or not. Currently 5-1 against.

  6. birdie

    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    More comical to think at 2 weeks out that if woods has not yet committed that there is any reason to believe that woods will actually play.

    Tiger can do as he needs relating to his health, but its annoying as f…. to continually play this game of maybe i will maybe i won’t. if he has committed yet, whats the best case scenario? a last minute entry only to miss the cut?

  7. ochowie

    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    “I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now.”

    Masters week is two weeks away and they haven’t even talked about him playing? I think there’s the answer right there and he is for sure not playing.

  8. Greg

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

    If he comes back, he comes back. Until then, some pretty good golf being played out there by others.

  9. AGF

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:49 am

    These are golf news websites referenced here; it’s not national security.

    Golf journalists covering basic stories such as this should not be crediting statements to unnamed sources — that’s crap journalism.

    Either identify the person making the statements or make certain to point out that each of these ‘unnamed source’ statements are pure speculation and opinion.

    Bottom line, writing a story about Tiger without calling him or his agent is lazy and lame.

  10. TeeBone

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    The only thing “comical” is that this guy makes more news for NOT playing than the top players make for playing. This just in…..Tiger Woods just hit a full pitching wedge! Gimme a break. Even if he were to start in The Masters, he’s in no condition to contend.

  11. Tom

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Tic Toc ….Tic Toc…

  12. Steve

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:03 am

    The source just expressed an opinion that he would be shocked to see Tiger play anytime soon. That is not a statement that Tiger isn’t playing, it’s a passing comment. Just more media BS………

    BTW, Tiger is NOT playing in The Masters

  13. Tom54

    Mar 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

    The Ringling Bros calling it quits soon. This Tiger Woods circus needs to fold up their tent too. We are all getting tired of all the hoopla Time to move on

  14. Jack Nash

    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:32 am

    In the end, it doesn’t really matter. “Will he?. Won’t he?”

    He won’t.

  15. Jim

    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

    ‘Comical’ is not the word that comes to mind

    SAD is more appropriate

    Last minute WD before 2nd round finish or MC…

  16. robin

    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:17 am

    His agent, is trying to make him out to being still relevant .

  17. The dude

    Mar 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

    News flash…..”Tiger woods pulls out of book signing due to back spasms”.

  18. Travis

    Mar 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Relax Steinberg–don’t get your panties in a knot.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open



Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills



GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).


Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings



We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

Let’s get to the photos.

#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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