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Report: Tiger Woods, golfer and course designer, looking good in Mexico

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Move over, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Smylie Kaufman, the Big Cat is in Mexico. Woods was in Cabo San Lucas not to party and play barefoot golf, but rather to visit his newly opened 12-hole short course, The Oasis.

Golfweek’s Bradley S. Klein was on site at Diamana, and he reported Woods was relaxed, congenial, pain-free by all appearances, and putting on a traj display during an hour-long clinic

At one point, Woods flubbed a couple of wedge shots. “Uh oh, another slump,” he joked. Aside from this, however, Klein reports Woods looked like he had all the shots and the top-tier swing speed he showcased at the Hero World Challenge.

Klein’s piece is well worth a read in full, but this passage about the synchronicity between Woods’ approach to playing tournament golf and the task of a golf course designer is particularly interesting.

“In a way that has never been fully appreciated, Woods has a level of mental acuity upon which he can draw even while under tournament pressure. He says he thinks of golf “as a form of chess.” He thinks strategically, working backwards from the green to the fairway to the tee shot and plotting his way around the tract accordingly. It’s the kind of mapping that entails both precision and feel. It’s also how an architect works his way through a routing.”

The point is a good one: Woods is well-suited to design courses, and he’s shown an impressive level of innovation in his short-course designs and philosophical approach to his projects.

Unlike most players-turned-designers not named Ben Crenshaw, Woods work once he puts his Sunday red shirt in mothballs for good will be worth watching.

However, as Klein reported, and as we saw at the Hero World Challenge, it doesn’t look like that time is now. Let’s be grateful for that fact.

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  1. Keith

    Dec 18, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Diamante…not Diamana

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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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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WATCH: Phil gets roasted, and other hilarious impressions of players at The 2018 Open Championship

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Impressionist/comedian Conor Moore has done impressions of golfers before, most notably his Masters edition (and this one), but he may have outdone himself with a new Open Championship video.

His impressions of Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson are scarily spot on. In the video, he roasts DJ’s laid back nature, Phil’s U.S. Open rules fiasco, Fleetwood’s hair, Tiger’s ability to dodge questions and Bubba’s propensity to shed some tears.

Watch the full video below (click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Tiger Woods: “If I intimidate you, that’s your own (expletive) issue”

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In his heyday, Tiger Woods was one of the most intimidating athletes on the planet. I mean, does anyone dispute this? Woods demoralized and decimated his opponents, and he was happy to do so. Heck, his mother told him to step on his competitors’ necks…when he was a child!

For a period of time, there was no surer bet in the world of sports than a Tiger Woods win when he was in contention. He knew it. Fans knew it. Everyone else in the field knew it. Dude is 52-4 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead!

Things are a bit different now. Humbled, with a fused back and easier demeanor, Woods surely isn’t the fiery competitor who always showed up to tournaments expecting to win, is he?

Well, if that’s your opinion check out the gem Twitter user @donaldremington has had stashed away since a May Tiger Woods clinic (presumably at Tiger Jam in Las Vegas).

Warning: If you’re offended by graphic language, well, cover your ears.

Vintage.

While Woods may no longer intimidate competitors the way he once did (see: Casey, Paul at the Valspar Championship), he doesn’t seem to have developed any sympathy for those who can’t stand the heat in the kitchen.

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