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A dirty joke from Tiger Woods helped Patrick Reed beat Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup



Doubtless, the Patrick Reed-Rory McIlroy showdown at the 2016 Ryder Cup was the most dynamic and defining match of the competition. But it turns out Captain America needed a little help getting to the first tee ready to do battle.

John Feinstein has written a book about the contest: The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup. In an excerpt published to Golf Digest, Feinstein writes Reed was anything but overflowing with McIlroy-slaying confidence on the range prior to their Sunday Singles match.

“I was tight on the range,” Reed said.

“Really tight. I didn’t like the way I was hitting the ball, and I knew it was nerves. I was telling myself to calm down and just get ready to play, but it wasn’t working.”

Woods was on the range, watching Reed and Jordan Spieth—whom he had taken to describing as “my guys” because they had been in his pod all week—warm up. He could see that Reed wasn’t quite himself. “Hey, Patrick,” he said. “Come here a minute.”

“I thought sure he was going to give me a pep talk, say something about my swing or about just relaxing and not trying too hard,” Reed says. “I walked over there. He had his arms folded. I waited. He looked really serious.

“And then he told me a dirty joke.”

When Woods told Reed the joke, his face never changing expression, Reed broke up.

“It was actually the perfect thing to do,” Reed said later. “It just broke the tension. I went back to hitting balls, and all of a sudden I was loose as could be. I was ready.”

Woods’ love of off-color humor is well documented. Charles Pierce’s controversial 1997 GQ article titled “The Man. Amen” went a long way in establishing that.

Pierce’s article also went a long way in compelling Woods and Team Tiger to clam up, ushering in a public persona that endured until Woods’ Escalade hit a fire hydrant post-Thanksgiving 2009, and like a small geyser of water would shooting forth from said hydrant in a cartoon, news of Woods’ expansive indiscretions flooded the mediasphere.

Feinstein, of course, savvy veteran of the golf journalism game that he is, knew better than to publish Woods’ joke, even though you’d have to assume Reed related it (wouldn’t you want to know what he said?).

So, Tiger Woods will be a capable captain when he’s eventually at the helm of a Ryder Cup squad; he has that “say the right thing at the right time to get the win” gene great coaches possess.

He also remains the man with the ribald sense of humor we met some 20 years ago.

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  1. max

    Oct 28, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Tiger articles are posted often but once the comment pour in they deep six it quickly

  2. max

    Oct 28, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Dirty joke: — “Don’t let your wife swing a 9-iron at home because she might hit a ball or two!”

  3. Dtrain

    Oct 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I was just telling someone the other day that no one tells jokes any longer. Let alone dirty ones. PC culture has killed our sense of humor.

    • Real Man

      Oct 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      This kind of angry nonsense is the reason women can’t stand you. Women are human beings that deserve equal treatment, any attempt to deny them ends up on the wrong side of history. All this whining about the neutering of western man betrays a desire to control and subjugate women. When men complain, make excuses and play the victim, it shows they never were the stoic old fashioned man they claim. It’s not the women or PC society making you weak, it’s your desire to be a victim rather than a leader.

      • Scott

        Oct 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

        aaaahhhh, no. Maybe in some cases, not in all. Sometimes a joke is just a joke. A “real man” would know that.

  4. freowho

    Oct 27, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Great article by Charles Pierce. Never read it before. It’s a shame Tiger wasn’t allowed or didn’t want to be himself all those years ago. I wonder if he was trying to please his Dad with his golf and his Mum with his off course behaviour. There is no problem with being a womaniser. The problem was misleading your loved ones to believe you were something else.

    • max

      Oct 28, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Money can buy you anything …. except mental health ….

  5. Andrew

    Oct 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    No doubt it was a racist joke, just like 20 years ago. That’s ok though. It’s Tiger and he’s allowed to be a racist.

    -The Bandwagon

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This new Miura documentary is must-watch stuff for equipment junkies



Last week, we told you a Miura documentary was on the horizon. Today, it’s here.

The mysterious Japanese company’s wares have had a cult following in the golf equipment space since company founder, Katsuhiro Miura, began forging and hand-grinding clubs in 1957. The three-chapter documentary short begins by looking into company history, building techniques, and Miura’s reputation globally.

“Within Japan, the name Miura, specifically the name of our founder, Katsuhiro Miura, it is a legend,” says Shinei Miura.

Such is the bold, and entirely appropriate, start to Discovering Perfection: The Miura Story, and it only gets more interesting from there.

Just 10 minutes in length, this short documentary is well worth your time. Check it out!

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Is Rory McIlroy right about drunken fan behavior? GolfWRX members debate



Rory McIlroy’s brilliant Sunday performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is rightfully in the headlines, but his remarks after his Saturday round continue to spur debate.

McIlroy, it seems, was repeatedly heckled by a likely overserved gentleman. He told ESPN

“There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife’s name. I was going to go over and have a chat with him. I don’t know, I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think that they need to limit alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something because every week, it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.”

McIlroy is right about “guys complaining more and more.” We’ve already heard from the Ulsterman and Justin Thomas on the issue of fan behavior this year. But is he right to suggest limiting alcohol? Is this more an issue of drunk idiots or idiots generally?

GolfWRX members discussed McIlroy’s remarks in a forum thread salmon1a started.

Christosterone positions golf in the pantheon of sport and says there’s no place for heckling

“What kind of a loser follows Rory around yelling his wife’s name?? One can imagine he was not simply yelling her name…but was saying something crass about her…Either we tolerate the behavior or we don’t…heckling is different from interrupting a stroke…And we all know heckling when we see it..The question is whether or not we allow it…Golf is a concentration sport on par with gymnastics [as related to focus]. Imagine if some idiot was heckling Simone Biles between events…they would be tossed”

Titleist670 on where to draw the line and the fact that heckling is bad for other fans too

“A little good natured ribbing is one thing, but when you start following players around and yelling personal insults I’m fine with getting these people off the course.”

“The other issue is some of the obnoxious folks ruin it for other fans. I’m sure there are kids after the rounds who would like autographs or to see their favorite players, but after 18 holes of dealing with drunks yelling mashed potatoes after every shot, there are guys who probably just want to get the F out of there.”

JaNelson38 puts some of the blame on volunteer marshals

“This is the #1 drawback to having volunteers act as marshals and crowd control…I personally think each venue should provide security each week to help alleviate this problem, even if it costs some purse money.”

Dave230 says the context doesn’t make it appropriate

“You shouldn’t have to listen to somebody pester you shouting your wife’s name all day around the course in any walk of life. It wouldn’t be accepted at anyone’s work. It would lead to a fight at a bar. So why should a professional sportsperson have to suck it up?”

MrWolf thinks something is brewing

“McIlroy is spot on, just like Justin Thomas. Players are clearly unhappy and I doubt it’s just those two…It’ll be interesting to see if this issue comes to a head between the players and the tour. It might be that player power is the only way to force the tour to actually do something about the plethora of d***heads that seem to attend tournaments these days.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Page through the 100 replies regarding this ongoing discussion that doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon and offer your take. And if PGA Tour officials are considering action, they’d do well to do the same for a thorough treatment of the issue.

Check out the thread. 

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The 5 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Chris Trott shows off how he speeds up the drying process on a paintfill when pressed for time

Dave Nguyen with  his #newbabe

Pat Lucci displays his custom Lamont Mann putter cover

The Wedge Wizard reveals his “stone finish”

Andrew Halford‘s beautiful custom Newport 2

Don’t forget to tag your photos #GolfWRX. Golf gods willing, you’ll be featured here in the future!


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