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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 Woods had withdrawn from the Dubai Desert Classic.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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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