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Tiger Woods driver swing video, on-site reports as he prepares for Hero World Challenge

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Tiger Woods, as you surely have heard, teed it up with President Donald Trump, Dustin Johnson, and Brad Faxon at Trump National in Jupiter, Florida, on Friday.

The unheralded fourth member of the group, Brad Faxon, had this to say (exclusive to Golfweek) regarding Woods’ play.

“Tiger looked great to me. He was happy and, more than anything, he’s finally pain-free. The issues he had with the back the last couple of comebacks seem to be gone. He looked effortless, he looked free, he had some power.”

“I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.”

“Tiger looked like he had all the touch shots down. On the very first hole he hit a pitch shot over a bunker that looked great. Hit some tough little pitch shots, tough chip shots and hit some close. Some to gimme’ distance.”

Outdriving Dustin Johnson? If you say so, Mr. Faxon. Two days later, Woods was on site at sun-drenched paradise that is Albany in the Bahamas, where he’ll tee it up in the Hero World Challenge next week.

While the quality of this video from Golf Channel’s Tiger Tracker is sort of “animal spotted in the wilderness,” the driver swing shown is comfortable with the slightest hint of sauce. Definitely a fuller follow through than we saw from TW at Albany last year. TT also reported Woods’ driver swing is “not there yet” but “irons look good.”

TGR Live Events tweeted a better video of Woods’ driver swing (as you’d expect, given the slightly better access).

ESPN’s Bob Harig looks to be on site in Albany (rough gig). He reported Woods played a brisk (sub 2.5 hour!) 18 holes Sunday and finished with a lengthy session on the putting green, tweeting this photo.

Look, there’s no point making bold predictions about Tiger Woods’ future in the game. Somewhere between “he’s going to win more major championships” and “he’ll never win again” is the most probable future for the phenom, should his health permit.

However, we can say a few things about what we’ve seen from the Presidents Cup until now. Woods is serious about his comeback, seems genuinely pain-free and able to do a healthy amount of practice.

Also, even Brandel Chamblee has to agree that Woods’ action looks serviceable and free enough to compete on the PGA Tour. If we add to this reports about his distance off the tee, Woods looks to have the tee-to-green game to play respectable golf.

Pitching, chipping, and bunker play may be another story. And of course, there’s the canard of Woods fractured mental state…Fortunately, we’ll know more in a less than a week (and mercifully the season of speculation will be over).

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  1. Jack Nash

    Nov 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    itll be good to see Joe again.

  2. Judge Smeills

    Nov 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Nah he likes grouper

  3. TeeBone

    Nov 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    This just in…Tiger Woods had tuna fish for lunch.

    • Ryan Michael

      Nov 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Tiger has earned the coverage he gets through being one of the top two GOAT. This isn’t hard to figure out he is the needle no need for the tuna fish sandwich remark.

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Jeff Golden issues statement on Florida Mid-Am incident

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Jeff Golden is sharing more details about the events of May 16 at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

If you recall, police were summoned to Coral Creek Club during a rain delay in the Golden-Marc Dull final. Golden alleged Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face during a parking lot altercation. Dull and Hibbs both deny the incident occurred.

Rather than paraphrase or pull quotes, it seems appropriate to post the majority of Golden’s statement as is, since it’s his attempt to speak for himself and set the record straight.

“When my name was announced on the first tee, my opponent’s caddie immediately asked an off color question. I laughed off the timing of that question, along with many other examples of bad etiquette to come. Alcohol appeared to be influencing his behavior. I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor. On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated because I was forced to back off my shot two different times when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the match referee following our group.”

“The ruling that came from the caddie’s comments on the ninth hole started because of a simple question that I posed: “Was that advice?” I thought this was the only way to slow down the caddie, clean up the etiquette and play a gentlemanly match. I felt justified in my decision, especially since my opponent then asked his caddie, “Why did you say that?” The caddie recused himself from the match, but he didn’t leave the property.”

“…I didn’t even get my bag out of my car when the caddie reappeared and said he’d like to apologize. I most likely had a smile on my face, because I was ready to put the past behind us, and he punched me in the face. I was knocked to the ground, and by the time I looked up, he was walking away, to my surprise, toward the clubhouse. The pro shop is a separate building, so that’s where I immediately went for help. The inside of my mouth was bleeding and my face was throbbing. I realized my hand was also hurting –that’s what broke my fall instead of my head.

“The pro shop employee called the police and was extremely helpful, getting me ice and offering any help I needed. The police arrived, and the deputy concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify pressing charges. I gave a recorded sworn statement to the deputy recapping the events.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf. Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated “ex-caddie” punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

“The FSGA gave me one option when the rain stopped. I had to play. My opponent had the option to concede the match and take responsibility for his caddie, but he told me he had nothing to do with what occurred.”

Golden further indicated that he conceded the match because of “physical and emotional distress, pulsing pain in my face, dizziness and cuts on my right hand.” He indicated he was surprised the FSGA didn’t suspend the match.

With respect to that point, it’s probably worth pointing out that FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

The FSGA hasn’t provided additional comment or modified that statement.

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Must be the Arby’s: Beef Johnston deadlifts 485 lbs

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Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”

An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.

Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).

To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…

Per PhysicalLiving.com

“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”

Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.

Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).

WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?

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How could a child hitting a golf ball off his father’s face go wrong?

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We’re bringing you this video in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere: Young Sam Blewett attempts to hit a golf ball off his father’s face, and…

Now, most people are assuming that this three-year-old lad had no idea what he was doing. His father orchestrated the video, told the son, who had never held a golf club nor had any concept of the game to hit the ball, and wood-chopping at the ball followed.

Hot take: I don’t think that’s true. The Instagram account is the three-year-old kid’s (managed by his mother), and he certainly knows how to hit a golf ball properly. See?

So, I’m positing that the kid saw an opportunity to whack his dad in the dome with a golf club and couldn’t pass it up. Yes, young Sam knew exactly what he was doing.

And more power to him. Cunning AND capable with a golf club.

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