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Tiger’s short game “a lil off” during Monday’s practice round (updated with video)

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Update: 11/28 at 10:45 a.m.

Here’s a video recap of Tiger’s Monday practice round. Fast forward to 1 minute 30 seconds for a montage of his short game shots.

All reports thus far regarding the state of Tiger Woods’ game and health have been glowing ahead of the 2017 Hero World Challenge. That includes comments from Tiger himself, Brad Faxon, on-course reports and his Monday practice round playing partner Patrick Reed. Apparently, Woods outdrove bomber Dustin Johnson “half the time” during a Sunday practice round, and outdrove Reed all day at Albany in the Bahamas on Monday. He’s also feeling “pain free,” in his own words, which Woods himself finds “remarkable.”

After Woods’ Monday practice round with Reed, however, we spoke to a source who was inside the ropes for the duration of the 9 holes; he expressed concern about Woods’ short game.

“Off the tee was really good,” said our inside source. “Irons pretty solid. Short game was a lil off. So we’ll see come competition time.”

Here’s a look at his chipping motion that was posted on Twitter on Monday.

Remember, the last time we saw Woods in competition he suffered from yip-like symptoms with his wedges. He also hasn’t played in a golf tournament since February in the Dubai Desert Classic, so a rusty short game would certainly be expected.

If Woods’ short game really is “a lil off,” as one insider says, he still has time to work out the kinks before Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. start time with playing partner Justin Thomas.

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Nov 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    He has not changed a damn thing……still a big wipe…..might be able to play a course that you can hit it anywhere like this one. Funny how people say his short game will come around when he gets confidence…..WOW…..such a simple fix too, if he can find someone that understands the golf swing.

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

  2. Tommy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    So what, since he doesn’t hole out a tough chip shot, he’s “struggling”?1

  3. Shallowface

    Nov 28, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Saw a few shots on TV yesterday. Results weren’t great but they weren’t “ginchy” looking in the least. Regardless of what some commentators have said short game yips can be overcome. Tiger’s short game may never be what it was (G.O.A.T.) but it can be very good going forward. I expect he’ll figure it out.

  4. Largechris

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hope I’m wrong but that’s looks like a nervy stab.

    I don’t particularly believe in the mental damage / baggage theory, I think confidence is more related to practice and testing it in competition.

  5. Dennis Clark

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Short game at that level is CONFIDENCE! If he gets his inner self belief back, he’s back.

    • John K

      Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Dennis, when someone that is as educated as you are makes this comment I take it as gospel! Agreed 100%.

  6. freowho

    Nov 28, 2017 at 5:51 am

    He has an open stance with the ball back in the stance which causes him to be too steep and spin the ball too much. He needs to close the stance, put the ball forward and get the ball to float and trickle like a putt. Watch Stan Utley.

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Check out the betting markets for the potential Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson “The Match” Part 2

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“The Match” Part 2 may have only just been teased by Phil Mickelson this week on his social media account, but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from pricing up some exciting betting markets for the potential showdown.

BetOnline.ag have chalked up Woods as favorite to exact revenge on Lefty, but the company have also priced up markets on the total curse words used between the two, the number of Tiger twirls we will potentially see, and much more.

Here’s a full list of the betting markets BetOnline.ag have created ahead of the potential Woods-Mickelson “The Match” Part 2:

How many holes will be conceded?

  • Under 2½ holes 4/11
  • Over 2½ holes 2/1

Match Winner

  • Tiger Woods 20/33
  • Phil Mickelson 5/4

Number of 3-putts recorded by Tiger and Phil

  • Under ½ 3-putts 5/12
  • Over ½ 3-putts 33/20

Which pairing will win Tiger vs Phil II?

  • Tiger Woods / Peyton Manning 5/9
  • Tiger Woods / Tom Brady 2/3
  • Phil Mickelson / Peyton Manning 11/10
  • Phil Mickelson / Tom Brady 7/5

Which player will make the most birdies?

  • Tiger Woods 10/13
  • Phil Mickelson 10/11

Will a Play Off be needed to decide the winner?

  • No 1/3
  • Yes 5/2

Will Hole No. 18 be played?

  • Yes 10/13
  • No 10/11

Will there be a Hole In One?

  • No 2/55
  • Yes 17/2

Will Tiger Woods wear a red shirt?

  • Yes 2/5
  • No 17/10
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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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14 players disqualified from mini-tour event for playing from the wrong tees

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Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, there is still golf being played in some regions of the US in mini-tour events, and Tuesday during an event on the Outlaw Tour saw a significant rules controversy.

Per Ryan French (Twitter’s Monday Q Info), 14 players during round one of the Outlaw Tour’s Verrado Founders Championship were DQ’d from the event after playing from the wrong set of tees on one hole.

Despite the 14-men playing from a distance longer than they should have, there is no dispensation from the rule despite it being clear there was no intent to gain an advantage on their competitors.

Following the opening round, tournament director Jesse Burghart released a statement on Facebook where he defiantly stuck by his decision to disqualify the 14 players.

“I stand by my decision to uphold the integrity of the game and the Rules of Golf…Penalty for breach of rules is disqualification. It’s very black and white and one of the most important rules to follow.

I’ve heard all the name calling and peanut gallery remarks. At the end of the day we are supposed to be professional golfers. Ultimately it’s your decision to be one or not.

Sheriff Out”

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One of the players DQ’d because of the error was James Feutz who backed the Tour’s decision on his social media, but explained how he feels some compensation should be given “considering how many people made the same mistake and the current world situation.”

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