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Hank Haney says Tiger Woods will play Hero World Challenge. Is he right?

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Speculation regarding Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf is an escalating daily exercise at this point. And on a day when Woods was spotted at game two of the World Series and Ian Baker-Finch attested to seeing Woods playing a practice round at the Medalist (and “looking good”), his former swing coach, Hank Haney, kicked the theorizing into another gear.

Haney, on his SiriusXM radio show, had this to say.

“They’re going to toy with everybody because it’s just what they do, but he’s playing at the Hero World Challenge. He’s not going to wait until February to play again. He’s chomping at the bit. If he can be out there playing and can play 18 holes, he can play 18 holes three, four, five days in a row I can tell you he’s going to be out there wanting to tee it up.”

“He’s in great shape, he’s in great golf shape, whatever that means. It’s just a question of whether or not he has any setbacks with his back, and obviously so far that hasn’t occurred because if it had occurred he would shut it down immediately and he’s still going.”

So, there you have it. From a former Team Tiger insider: Woods will play the Hero World Challenge in December.

What do we think about this? Haney, adept self promoter that he is, putting forth a baseless claim that he knows will generate articles like this one? Could he be right?

And for hardcore Woods-will-play-the-Hero conspiracy theorists, check out the hat he wore to the World Series last night.

(Photo c/o the Daily Mail)

(Photo c/o the Daily Mail)

Yep, that’s the Albany logo. You know, the luxury Bahamas development/course where the tournament is contested.

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  1. max

    Oct 28, 2017 at 2:56 am

    As long as he doesn’t have a DUI hangover because that will really mess up your swing tempo and rhythm as well as your putting touch.
    Nevertheless, all will have a good time at that exhibition ‘tournament’ and the Tiger fans will most certainly show up to support their hero even if he’s stoned on Ambien, etc..

  2. cB

    Oct 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    cLICKbAIT! yEAH!

  3. Andrew

    Oct 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    And Tiger was “looking good”, just like last year. Yawn. Here we go again. That rod-in-his-caboose finish pose looks painful. The Farmers will be the tell for the year, again.

  4. cgasucks

    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Haney is talking like he’s his coach again…what makes him think he’s going to the Hero World Challenge for sure?

  5. ibogeyalot

    Oct 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

    ya Hank knows because they are so close of friends haha

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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