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



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



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!



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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