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Everyone’s freaking out about this kid who snuck inside the ropes for Tiger’s autograph

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During Tiger Woods’ Wednesday practice round at the Valspar Championship, a particularly bold young fan slipped under the ropes and approached the 14-time major champion.

Golf‘s Dylan Dethier captured the tiny trespasser in action.

Now, in assessing the early #taeks on this event, many have pointed out in previous Woodsian eras, Steve Williams would have tackled the tot like he were suspected of wearing a dynamite vest. Joe LaCava however, is caddie to a kinder, gentler, Tiger, one who, perhaps surprisingly, gave the enterprising young man his signature.

And while this may seem on the surface like a heartwarming told of a cute little boy in a “Tiger, my mom wants your autograph” tee shirt, it is dangerous. Dangerous, I say! A veritable menace!

We’re setting a potentially disastrous precedent here at Tour events. “Don’t queue up after the round to get your favorite player’s autograph, just bull rush him during a practice round, kids!”

And the possible ripple effect of the endorsement of this child’s brazen behavior is even more troubling. Today he learned that he can break the rules and benefit in a big way. What happens when he begins applying this logic in other arenas of his life?

Tiger Woods ought to have denied the young man’s request, scolded him for his fairway invasion, and sent him back outside the ropes empty handed.

Discipline! Character building! Actions and consequences! What has our society come to?

And does this child’s mother really want Tiger Woods’ signature, or is this merely a calculated rouse to get the golf legend’s ‘graph?

We’re obviously dealing with a budding criminal mastermind here, so anything is possible…which isn’t to touch on the conspiracy theory that the boy’s family may have sent him inside the ropes, knowing he had the best chance of scoring the autograph they clearly so desire.

Yes, you’ll want to remember this face, folks, you’ll see it on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List (and in your nightmares) soon enough.

But really, credit to Woods and those involved for the handling of this situation…let’s just hope the lad’s parents reminded him fairway invasion is a faux pas (but also life is a gamble, take calculated risks, and all that good stuff).

 

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  1. Wiger Toods

    Mar 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I dunno who’s hotter for Tigey…. media, the tiger cub fanbois or the gold diggin moms

  2. Gerald Teigrob

    Mar 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I actually like the new Tiger! He has mellowed and yet he can still play with the best of them! I say kudos to Tiger and Ben should stop acting like he has ants in his pants. LOL on the FBI’s most wanted…keep dreaming Ben!

  3. Robert Parsons

    Mar 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    It’s a win for everyone involved!

    Tiger looks good!

    Kid is cute and got an autograph!

    Ben (author) looks like a tool…

    Ok, not everyone

  4. Roger Unwin

    Mar 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Calm down Ben, you are the one who seems to be “freaking out”. If Tiger hadn’t signed the shirt what would the reaction have been then …

  5. STEPHANE MORENCY

    Mar 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Boy !! You guys need content ?
    And you are now doing publicity for this kind of event.
    We would have never known.
    Let kids dream and try their best like everybody should.

  6. Little Rocket Man

    Mar 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Damn Dog, you mugs wanna smoke Tiger’s cigar. That not cool!

    • Andrew Hegerty

      Mar 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      I can’t help it. When i see a hot stud like Tiger, I get excited. I want him to rip me apart like a tiger =)

  7. Judge Smeills

    Mar 8, 2018 at 10:20 am

    slow day I guess

  8. RG

    Mar 8, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Shoulda given the brat a wedgey.

  9. Jack

    Mar 7, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    He’s lost that killer instinct. Probably rather stoop down to smell the flowers rather than read a putt. The old Tiger would have scared that kid to wet his pants and called that his signature moment.

  10. Kool Aid

    Mar 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Old Tiger didn’t sign no autographs for no stinking kids or their hot moms

    He is truly a changed man

  11. shawn cahill

    Mar 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t think he’s that hot bro. I’ve seen some hot men down in Louisiana back in my day. Go LSU!!!!

  12. mike islamov

    Mar 7, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Tiger woods is so hawt

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National Golf Foundation’s nationwide course surveys show human and business impacts Coronavirus has had on golf

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National Golf Foundation

The National Golf Foundation has conducted multiple surveys to study both the human and business impacts that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to have on the game of golf.

Amongst their findings, the NGF found that based on phone surveys for over 1,000 golf facilities, 74% of in-season golf courses remain open despite the current Coronavirus pandemic. (As of March 27)

National Golf Foundation

The organization also revealed that there is a temporary golf course closure in the following states – Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusettes, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

National Golf Foundation

From a golf business standpoint, the NGF asked the ‘Top 100 businesses in golf’ how the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus had affected their business – with 23% saying severely, and 42% saying significantly.

National Golf Foundation

The consumer perspective has also changed dramatically due to the pandemic. The NGF’s findings show that while previously the situation had not had an impact on consumer’s golf equipment purchase decisions, the research now shows that the vast majority are now delaying any golf equipment spending.

Check out all the findings from the NGF’s research here at thengfq.com/covid-19.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.2.20)

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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.

Beautiful looking creation from Tyson Lamb.

Dropping tomorrow from American Flatsticks.

Frosted head with a mirror polished bumper from MackMade Workshop.

Don’t miss out on all the action today over at The Hive.

Pro Am Customs showing off their wedge stamping skills.

Our Ryan Barath’s grip station set up.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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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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