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Knudson’s Takes: “Tiger didn’t play to win on 18”

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GolfWRX equipment expert Brian Knudson addresses his reasoning on why he thought Tiger Woods played too conservatively on 18 at the Valspar Championship on Sunday. PGA Tour statistician Rich Hunt broke down the actual percentages, which actually help Knudson’s case.

Watch Knudson’s rant below:

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  1. tina

    Mar 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Did he say Tiger “had to have a burger”? Hahahaha

  2. w. michael

    Mar 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    God forbid someone question the greatest human to ever walk the earth.

  3. Devilsadvocate

    Mar 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Made it about half way through this click bait garbage… TIGER WOODS didn’t play to win? Lmao yea ok buddy… this guy doesn’t even believe what he’s saying as you can see by his body language… he knows his controversial opinion will be shared across the internet and bring viewers

    • buddy6713

      Mar 13, 2018 at 12:27 am

      Agree. It’s ok to go after anyone, even TW, if it appears their tactics were questionable. But check out that 18th hole and see how the fairway necks way down there. On the telecast when Reed was at 18 the commentators were a bit aghast that he was hitting driver and talked about how narrow it was. He striped it and his 2nd shot much shorter than TW’s second spun back all the way to the front where he 3 putted (despite having hit a brilliant drive).

      How can you not trust the best tactician the game has ever seen–although I heard Mickelson’s interview with Feherty and my gosh he is an amazing tactician too.

  4. Nahgonnaworkhereanymore

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the idea of Tiger not playing to win is absolutely ludicrous. He simply wasn’t that sharp with his irons all day, including the last iron he hit.

  5. Mikele

    Mar 12, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Second guessing by a “golf journalist” who looks like the PGA Superstore is as close to a golf club as he will ever get.

  6. James Klingel

    Mar 12, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I think Tiger did the right thing hitting his Iron off the Tee! Also think he wanted to win , that was his decision and he just didn’t get it close enough . Just let him alone and he can make his own decisions.

  7. HeineyLite

    Mar 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Really funny when you have a so called club expert second guessing arguably the best golfer ever. I loved it when he said he was “impressed” how Tiger played, hahahaha… Great people whether in sports or other fields have reasons why they do what they do, and no matter the situation they follow the plan to the T. Tiger from an early age always played to win no matter what…

  8. RonaldRump

    Mar 12, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    HA HA HA!!! Expert…

  9. Peter Sarro

    Mar 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    7 iron in his hand he should of still got it close, I think 6 iron was the club, he just took the wrong club out. He was not playing for second, I will never believe that, just the wrong club.

  10. Scott Francis

    Mar 12, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Disagree did you see what Patrick Reed did with his GW . That pin was on a multi tiered shelf. I think 3 wood wouldve been better play but again a short iron could spin back. Should have hit a chaser 6 up there. But easy for you to critique whats your handi a 14?

  11. Dave

    Mar 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Maybe you should stick to reviewing golf equipment. The fairway on 18 is super narrow; so playing to win would be hitting driver left or right and going for It? No, it’s hitting it down the middle giving yourself a shot at the green. When was the last time you were on the 72nd hole of a tournament to win on the PGA TOUR? THAT WOULD BE NEVER!!! You are entitled to your misinformed opinion; but you are dead wrong. Stop writing stupid pointless articles.

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

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“I’ve played this course for good prices over the years. Excellent and challenging layout.  I’ve been out there when there is almost no one on the course at all.  I often wonder how they have enough money to keep it in the shape they do.”

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Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member evgolfer, who takes us to Aguila Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona. The course sits at the base of South Mountain, offering up some stunning scenic mountain views, and in his description of the track evgolfer praises the fair test that the course offers up to players of all levels.

“I love it because the price is always right as a City of Phoenix municipal course. The conditions are usually fairly decent. Also, the course presents a fair challenge to me as a high handicapper and still appeals to low caps. It is easily walkable. Not surrounded by houses, not overly tight or cramped. Designed by Gary Panks. Not overly penal.”

According to Aguila Golf Course’s website, in peak time, an 18 hole round can be booked for $29, with the rate rising to $44 should you wish to add a cart. While, off-peak the price drops to $34, which includes a cart.

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This stat indicates Tiger Woods will win major 15 in 2019

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For Tiger Woods’ fans, it’s been over 10 years waiting for his 15th major victory. Even with PGA Tour win No. 80, plenty are already looking ahead to next year’s major.

Looking into Tiger’s performance at the majors in 2018, and more recently the PGA Championship, there’s exciting news for his fans. Tiger briefly held the lead at this year’s Open Championship, only to finish in a tie for sixth. But, it’s his performance at the PGA Championship, when he stormed home for second place thanks to a final round 64, and the recent statistics behind that tournament, that will get his legion of supporters brimming with confidence.

Going back to 2015, strong performances at the PGA Championship have proven to be a great form line for the following year’s major winners. In fact, if you go back further into the records, it extends for several years prior as well. Let’s take a look at recent PGA Championship results and the players that emerged from those performances that lead to major victory the next year.

The 2017 PGA Championship was one of the strongest forms lines in recent years. Justin Thomas won the tournament by two shots, but Patrick Reed, and Francisco Molinari tied for second. Reed went on to win this year’s Masters and Molinari won the Open Championship to capture their first major championships.

At the 2016 PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker surprised the field with victory, but an emerging talent in Brooks Koepka finished tied for fourth and would go on to secure his 1st major in 2017 by winning the U.S. Open. Interesting, Patrick Reed and Francisco Molinari were also just outside the top-10.

The 2015 PGA Championship was won by Jason Day, but current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson finished tied for seventh. Dustin went on to win his first major, the U.S. Open, the following year at the Oakmont Country Club. Also worth noting: Jordan Spieth finished second to Jason Day and went close to winning the Masters the next year only to finish in second place.

Fast forward to this year’s PGA Championship where Tiger finished second behind Brooks Koepka. Is it a sign that his 10-year major drought could end in 2019? And don’t forget, if Tiger has a great chance in 2019, then surely players that finished around him in that tournament, such as Adam Scott, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland, must have high hopes for 2019 too?

All this is true and only time will tell if the tournament form line stacks up.

Anyway you look at the 2018 PGA Championship results, it’s a great form line for 2019, and Tiger could well be in the mix in the big ones next year. With his body coping well with the rigors of the tough PGA Tour circuit, Tiger Woods’ fans can be feeling good about his chances for the 2019 season.

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