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How Pat Perez learned Tiger never forgets

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The AP’s Doug Ferguson, who remains the standard in tournament stories, served up an end-of-the-year buffet of anecdotes from the Tour, which you may have missed during the course of your holiday revelling.

The entire piece is, of course, well worth a read; the bit about Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and the picture of Katherine Hepburn golfing is a good one. It’s this item, however, about Pat Perez’s hope for an invite to the Hero World Challenge that might be the best.

Back in February, Double P, if you’ll recall, had this to say about the Big Cat on his radio show. Woods had withdrawn from the Dubai Desert Classic.

“He knows he can’t beat anybody. He’s got this new corporation he started so he has to keep his name relevant to keep the corporation going. So he’s going to show up to a few events, he’s going to try to play…he’s going to show the Monster bag, he’s going to show the TaylorMade driver, he’s gonna get on TV. He’s got the Nike clothes, he’s gotta keep that stuff relevant.”

He then seemed to suggest Woods’ was faking injury, a comment which has been largely overlooked in the course of Heknowshecan’tbeatanybodygate.

“But the bottom line is he knows he can’t beat anybody. He knows it. He shot 77! That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? ‘Aw my backs gone.’”

Ferguson offered this anecdote from the range at the WGC-HSBC Champions in which Perez evaluated his prospects for an invite to the Hero with Dustin Johnson (Woods and Daniel Berger would eventually get the invite spots).

“He was on the range in Shanghai when the topic of the Bahamas tournament came up. Perez had just won in Malaysia to move to No. 18 in the world. Dustin Johnson, hitting balls next to him, wasn’t aware that the cutoff to qualify for the World Challenge through the world ranking was a month earlier.

”You’ll get in,” Johnson said.

”No chance,” Perez replied.

Johnson insisted, and so Perez turned and asked an observer, ”How many players are listed in the world ranking?”

He was told about 1,900 players.

Perez turned back to Johnson and said, ”There are 1,899 players who have a better chance of getting in than I do.”

Eh, more like 1,897. Perez would’ve gotten the nod ahead of Vijay Singh and Stephen Ames.

Check out Ferguson’s full piece here, and see what GolfWRX members are saying about it in the forums.

 

 

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  1. mb

    Jan 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I just read another article some where and pp was praising TW?.

  2. Joe Espisito

    Jan 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Double P. Banging away, I love it. Shrug the shoulders, oh well least he knew he wasn’t getting it. Pretty sure Double P cares about the haters. Lol. NOT!!!!

  3. The dude

    Jan 2, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Just another reason I like PP!

  4. James T

    Jan 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Of course Tiger had no room for forgiveness; he’s a disciple of Donald Trump.

  5. TeeBone

    Jan 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    The stuff Perez said about Tiger HAS to qualify him as the biggest douche-bag on Tour. And there’s some pretty strong DB’s out there.

    • lco21

      Jan 4, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Why? At the time it was the truth. Tiger wasn’t going to beat anyone – and then had the surgery he should have had to begin with.

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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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