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

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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 ..lol

  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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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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