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Tiger Woods receiving “professional help,” grateful for support

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Amid rumors that he’d entered a Florida rehab facility for issues related to his prescription drug use, Tiger Woods tweeted for the first time since his May 29 arrest.

Aside from a day-of-his-arrest statement citing an unexpected reaction to prescription medication and indicating alcohol wasn’t involved in DUI, Woods hasn’t made a public comment in the wake of revelations about the cocktail of medications he was taking.

Woods posted the following screenshotted notepad statement Monday evening, signing it “TW” to indicate authorship.

The 14-time major champion failed multiple field sobriety tests, although breathalyzer tests returned 0.00 readings. Woods told authorities he was taking Xanax in addition to painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants.

His court date for the May 29 arrest was moved to early August.

Recovering from an April back surgery, Woods hasn’t teed it up in competition since the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

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  1. Dave R

    Jun 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Tiger will never be competive again. But I sure hope he gets better health wise.

  2. Dollarbill300

    Jun 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I feel bad for Tiger. It’s obvious that he has hit rock bottom. He needs to get people around him that are more concerned with helping him get better mentally and physically than worried about getting their big payday because of him. I have the same problem with my spine that he is going through right now. Almost 2 years ago I had L5 spinal surgery, and I am still having complications from it. I now need to have a fusion surgery as well like he did. The one thing I can tell you is that that type of spinal injury hurts like hell with certain body movements. The medications he is on are exactly what neurosurgeons put patients on after those types of surgeries(opiates, muscle relaxers, nerve relaxers). They are powerful pharmaceuticals, with side effects that make it very difficult to function. On top of that they are addicting as well. Personally, I am not a fan of Tiger Woods as a person, but as a golfer have enjoyed watching him play through the years. I do believe that he was using roids and PED’s throughout his career, but what he is going through now, especially with it being in the public eye is just sad. Doctors are way too happy with pen and prescription pad these days. Prescribing opiates are just an easy way to temporarily cover up a problem. They cause way too many addictions and fatalities. I hope he gets the proper help he needs, and gets off the dangerous pharms.

  3. Chad

    Jun 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    It is all about the back injury. If that back was 100% he could still beat half the tour even in the state he was in when they arrested him.

  4. Old Putter

    Jun 20, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    At this point…
    Dude should just buy a monkey named Bubbles

  5. ooffa

    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:36 am

    He should have sought a professional chauffeur and avoided all this.

  6. JThunder

    Jun 20, 2017 at 5:20 am

    “Woods told authorities he was taking Xanax in addition to painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants.” … Grown adults with long histories of surgery and pain management should know better than to take 4 different medications and drive. Especially with his kind of money – no reason to be driving yourself anyway. Professional help – better late than never.

  7. nathan Gatehouse

    Jun 20, 2017 at 4:50 am

    like any drug addiction, the first step is recognition that there is a problem. he has done this now, and i would suggest he has a 8-10 year ‘addiction’ he will now try and manage. Good luck, golf needs him back, he deserves to end his competitive days gracefully, not like this.

  8. Was

    Jun 20, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Quit the social media. That would be a start. But obviously you haven’t figured that out yet with your professional help. May be it’s time for quiet contemplation and no more social media or going out late at night.

  9. Travis

    Jun 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    God how I miss watching him play golf… all I thought over the weekend that I wonder how a 2000-2009 Tiger Woods would fare, and how much fun that would be to watch him play Erin Hills against all these guys…

  10. Dat

    Jun 19, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I hope he can turn his life around. Never kick a man while he is down. Tiger has hit rock bottom and can only go up from here.

  11. PG

    Jun 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Really too bad that it took this long. If he’s on xanax plus all of the other stuff, I fear he’s broken as much mentally as physically.

    • firflush

      Jun 20, 2017 at 12:07 am

      At his height Tiger may have had the strongest mental game of all time, in any sport. So if a guy with one of the strongest mental games ever is currently struggling, then that can’t fare to well for the rest of us mortals.

      • mowerboy

        Jun 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

        His mental game was honed for golf and not everyday life/decision making. That’s obvious now. Just because he could focus and do things that seemed extraordinary on the golf course doesn’t mean he should be expected to be superhuman off the course. He never was the person everyone wanted off the course, he never stuck around to sign autographs, or talk to the media more than he was required to do. He never showed a persona of being a great person outside of golf, so its not shocking that he’s had such struggles in his personal life. I wouldn’t let Tiger’s problems pull you down in your own personal life.

      • Mike

        Jun 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm

        Tiger’s mental game is woefully overblown. He was the best front-runner ever, but below-average when not leading after 3 rounds. The players with TRULY elite mental games (Hogan, Nicklaus, Jones) all were just as good coming from behind as they were with a lead.

  12. rebfan73

    Jun 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Help is good…..

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Tiger changes driver-weight settings, shoots even-par 70 at Honda Classic

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After missing the cut by four strokes at the 2018 Genesis Open last week, Tiger Woods is back at it again this week at the Honda Classic; it’s the first time he’s played in back-to-back PGA Tour events since 2015.

Opting for something other than driver off the tee much of the day, Woods made one double bogey, one bogey, and three birdies en route to an even-par 70.

It’s no secret that Woods has been struggling off the tee of late, especially with the driver. He’s hitting just 35 percent of fairways on the year, and he has already made one driver shaft change (going from a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX to a Matrix Ozik TP6HDe ahead of the Genesis Open). According to photos on Thursday, it appears Woods has also changed the weight settings in his TaylorMade M3 for a bit more forgiveness and fade-bias (as pictured above). At the Genesis Open and the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had the M3 driver weights in the forward position, which moves CG (center of gravity) forward and tends to lower spin.

On Thursday, however, Woods hit a slew of long irons and fairway woods off the tee instead of drivers at the 7,100-yard par-70 PGA National… an approach that seemed to work. Well, he hit just 50 percent of the fairways on the day, but that means he’s trending upward.

One of the shots Woods hit with the driver was so far right it was literally laughable… but he managed to make par anyway.

Actually, his double-bogey 7 on the par-5 third hole (his 12th of the day) came after hitting the fairway; he was fumbling on and around the green after hitting his third into a greenside bunker. That blunder aside, three birdies and an even-par round at the always-difficult PGA National leaves Woods currently in T19, obviously well inside the cutline.

Do you think Woods will make the cut? Do you think he can contend to win the tournament?

See the clubs Tiger Woods has in his bag this week at the 2018 Honda Classic.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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USGA, R&A to roll out new World Handicap System in 2020

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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