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Excerpts from upcoming Tiger Woods biography released… and they’re shocking



If you haven’t heard, there’s a Tiger Woods biography looming large on the horizon. Nary a week from the release of Armen Ketayian and Jeff Benedict’s Tiger Woods, the excerpts are predictably trickling out in that precisely calibrated flow that’s sure to tease just enough of the content enough the book to bump sales, but leave readers hungry for more.

Thus, we can assume the excerpts we’re privy to, and every outlet is eagerly covering, aren’t among the 10 best in the book. Example: Ketayian has said explicitly he won’t discuss anything related to Woods’ potential PED use, but has deftly indicated there is a chapter in the book devoted to the topic.

Anyway, here’s what we’re looking at so far (and they’re not for the faint of heart).

An excerpt detailing Woods and company’s efforts to get Bill Clinton to appear at the 2006 opening of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, including some memorably bad behavior from Woods.

The most eye-popping portion describes Woods and Clinton meeting for a round of golf ahead of the opening.

“On the day before the official opening of the learning center, Woods met Clinton, Doug Band, sports agent Arn Tellum and Wasserman for the promised round of golf at Shady Canyon Country Club in Irvine. Tiger was having breakfast with McLaughlin in the clubhouse when Tellum and Wasserman approached. At that point, Woods had never met either man. Dispensing with introductions, Tiger wanted to know if the president had arrived. When told Clinton was on his way, Woods replied with a straight face, “I can’t wait to talk about [expletive].”

“The situation got even more awkward after Clinton arrived. Tiger’s behavior did nothing to bridge the gap between him and Clinton. At the outset, Clinton started carrying on, monopolizing the conversation, as he was known to do, before Woods interrupted and said, “How do you remember all that [expletive]?” Once they got onto the course, Tiger acted completely indifferent to the entire group, mostly riding alone in his cart and spending an inordinate amount of time on his phone. After finishing a hole, he would routinely exit the green while others were still putting, a major breach of golf etiquette. When the president hit a wayward drive, Woods snickered. He also told a series of off-color jokes.”

Next, there’s an excerpt looking at Woods 1995 U.S. Amateur, some notable remarks from Earl, and Tim Rosaforte’s decision not to report said remarks and potentially damage the blooming Woods mythos.

“How do you like this, Bobby Jones?” Earl said, hoisting the trophy above his head as if it were his. “A black man is the best golfer who ever lived.” Everyone stopped clapping, and an awkward silence amplified Earl’s voice. “Bobby Jones can kiss my son’s black [expletive],” Earl continued…”

“…Rosaforte faced a dilemma. If he wrote verbatim what Earl had said, the ramifications would be potentially devastating for Tiger. In addition to being difficult to explain, Earl’s racially inflammatory comments could unfairly stigmatize Tiger, prompting corporate America to hesitate when considering whether to sign him as a spokesman once he turned pro. Instead, Rosaforte handled the situation with class, choosing not to complicate Tiger’s future.”

Benedict and Ketayian also did a Q&A, which includes a couple of interesting responses.

Q: In the 1996 U.S. Amateur final, Tiger was 2 down with three holes to play and had a six-footer to win the 34th hole. (Tiger had moved his ball marker on the green to accommodate his opponent, Steve Scott, who had made a tough par putt.) You report that as Tiger prepared to putt for birdie to cut the lead to 1 up, Scott stopped him and asked if he’d replaced his mark to its previous spot. (“Woods immediately paused, stood up, and reset his ball to the correct spot.”) If Tiger had putted without doing so, he would have lost the hole and the match. Tiger made the birdie putt and went on to win the title, but you report that he didn’t thank Scott or acknowledge his action. What did Scott think of that, then and now?

A: It’s fair to say that Steve Scott was deeply disappointed at the time. So was his caddie, Kristi Hommel, who is now his wife. It was a pretty bruising loss for Scott, and the lack of acknowledgment from Tiger was hurtful. However, when Tiger complimented Steve for his sportsmanship on the 20th anniversary of the match, his words went a long way to mending the past.

Additionally, for those wondering about Woods’ gambling prowess, he’s hardly a whale, apparently.

Q: You report that at one point, Tiger was one of about 100 people in the country who had a $1 million line of credit with the MGM Grand in Vegas, and that at blackjack he would “routinely play $20,000 a hand, often two or more hands at a time.” What kind of a gambler was he?

A: A very good one. Competitive, with a mind for numbers. A “sharp,” in Las Vegas parlance, meaning he won more than he lost. It wasn’t unusual for him to walk away with $500,000 in winnings. And he rarely if ever chased big losses. Gamblers are rarely described as “disciplined,” but that fits Tiger.

So there you have, it GolfWRX members. Check out the full excerpts, and let us know what you think. We’ll have a full review of the book once it hits the shelves, and likely more content related to other notable morsels making the rounds.

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  1. Jack

    Apr 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    My god Earl had a big head!

  2. WigerToods

    Apr 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Weird because Tiger is more Asian than he is black…. but let’s not talk about that.

  3. Caroline

    Apr 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I have never met Tiger, never will..could care less about his off course life…I love playing golf at the measurable 14 handicap I have for years now and know how hard it is for me to break 80 once in a blue moon. So unlike so many I have admired watching the way Tiger has performed on the course without one care about what he does after or before the round as I am sure he could care less what we do before, after or even during our rounds. So go ahead and have fun reading about his private life that is none of your business..but do not for one minute try and attach that to the fact he is one of the best at the game ever…

  4. gunmetal

    Apr 5, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I just finished reading the book. I definitely think that he was NOT taking PED’s. I also was surprised at how out of touch he was with other human beings, much of which can be attributed to his parents, but he still bares some of the responsibility of course. Really interesting read. Seems like he MIGHT be turning the corner in terms of relationships and decency. Naturally, I’m rooting for him.

  5. Rich

    Apr 2, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Earl Woods has been reported to have said similar things in the past. That isn’t news, but the depths to which he took it feels new.

    Tiger fits the PED profile: someone who is far and away better than the rest of the field, and then falls of precipitously due to injuries. Think Mark McGwire, Nomar Garciaparra, Ken Caminiti, etc. They help you recover from both injuries and workouts more quickly, until they can’t help anymore. That doesn’t mean Woods used them, of course.

    • Birdswing Golfer

      Apr 9, 2018 at 6:30 am

      Maybe Jack was on them too then?

  6. Adkskibum

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Appears that Rosaforte kissed Eldrick’s Black A** and Earl’s too

  7. Darryl

    Mar 26, 2018 at 8:06 am

    If anything it suggests that todays’ pros should probably be paying Rosaforte 5%, without Eldrick, there would be far fewer of them and they’d be making less money.

  8. Jack

    Mar 25, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Earl Woods was a crazy hateful old racist? I’m shocked…

  9. TeeBone

    Mar 24, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Oddly, sports fans want nothing more than to see Tiger Woods play golf and win tournaments. Nothing he does in his personal life ever changes that. Its an interesting study in idol worship.

    • Gorden

      Mar 24, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      I think you can admire the golf ability if your interest is in the game….his personal life is his problem and would be of interest to the many that find life of the rich and famous interesting…you do not have to have one or the other.

    • Tony Lynam

      Mar 25, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      If only Tiger would come into the light that is Jesus Christ.

    • Birdswing Golfer

      Apr 9, 2018 at 6:32 am

      not idol worship

      do you listen to music, watch movies other sports etc?

      do you think all your heroes are squeaky clean

      Tiger is one of the greatest ever to play the game and he has pushed the next generation to greater things.

  10. Matt

    Mar 23, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Who cares. The rubbish journalism is more shocking than worn out stories about Woods.

  11. Bob Jones

    Mar 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Is the book going to tell us anything we didn’t already really know about Old Tiger and his father?

    • Man

      Mar 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Yeah. A lot more detail about who kept their mouths shut and who turned a blind eye

  12. Andy

    Mar 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Earl actually looks pretty good in that story. You think the original members of Augusta National would be thrilled about Tiger Woods stomping all over their beloved game…

  13. The Taint

    Mar 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    He has been juicing for years. But, like baseball. He is not the only one doing it.

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Mar 23, 2018 at 11:05 pm

      Where is your juice hiding? Apparently, as our games all improve we are juiced on roids! Give me a bloody break! What have you been hiding for years..that you were a troll?

  14. Milton

    Mar 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    This is old news and who knows if its true. If it’s true, so what. If it isn’t true, so what. Come on guys report real news. I am not giving anyone a pass, I am not holding anyone accountable. I’m minding my own damn business and worrying about myself. Let the man play golf or not play golf. Lastly for everyone that talks about TW on PEDs because he’s working out…. it called working out. Try it, you just might like it.

  15. Alex

    Mar 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    People will say anything to bring successful people to their knees. It really does not mater any more if any of this is real. So long real journalism.

    • Tim

      Mar 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Being a good golfer doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good person. People deserve to know the truth, if you don’t like it then don’t read the book.

      • Jgolf

        Apr 8, 2018 at 5:19 pm

        Why exactly do people deserve to know the truth about a persons private life? His fame is built on his sports talent not any other deed. So no people don’t “deserve” it.

        • Terry

          Apr 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

          Peoples fascination with mega stars whether it be in sport, music, hollywood etc. means everything from the good,the bad and the ugly are going to be reported on.

      • Birdswing Golfer

        Apr 9, 2018 at 6:34 am

        You don’t deserve to know anything about his personal life

        it’s personal

  16. joro

    Mar 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Ah, the real Clinton and Woods, the real dynamic duo.

    • GMatt

      Mar 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      The Student and the Master…. LOL

    • george

      Mar 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Now The Donald and Tiger, thats a match made in Heaven.
      The definiton of cheaters.

  17. carl spackler

    Mar 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

    What Tim Rosaforte did in 95′ US Am was interesting. Today’s media can’t wait to get a line like that and completely destroy someone.

  18. DB

    Mar 23, 2018 at 8:36 am

    “Bobby Jones can kiss my son’s black [expletive],”

    Sorry Earl, I know Tiger looks somewhat “black” – but we’ll need to see his 23andMe. His Mom is Chinese/Dutch, and his Dad is African- American. I will assume his Mom is 50% Chinese and 50% Dutch. African Americans are roughly 75% African and 25% European.

    That means Tiger is roughly 37.5% European, 37.5% African, and 25% Chinese.

    • Joe

      Mar 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      I never knew that about his mom. I thought she was fully Thai?

      Either way, I agree with your sentiments. Tiger is more “Asian” than he ever has been “black”. I’ve always hated how blacks have tried to “claim” him. It’s pitiful.

      (Please save the “one drop” rule BS – I don’t need to hear it. By definition Tiger is more Asian than anything else..)

      • Andy

        Mar 30, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        The math above would suggest he’s literally LESS Asian than anything else?

    • glfhsslr

      Mar 23, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      his mom is Thai

  19. Alex Sienkiewicz

    Mar 23, 2018 at 4:28 am

    I hate how we hold someone rich and successful at a higher standard then the rest of us. Everyone has problems and doesn’t always act perfect all of the time. Great time to sell a book huh guys. Right when Tiger is making a legendary comeback, we’re going to write this book and capitalize off his name. As for PED’s, I believe Tiger Woods uses. At his age he is more yoked then ever before and is swinging as fast as the longest hitters in golf.

    • Steve Cantwell

      Mar 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Alex… The voice of reason is refreshing. Thank you.

    • glfhsslr

      Mar 23, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      Im same age as tiger, I have way more muscle on me VS 10 years ago. Ive always worked out, cant imagine what I would look like if I had meal prep, personal trainer, gym in my house, and nothing but time to play and lift.

      • Dr Troy

        Mar 24, 2018 at 10:28 am

        Another wise reply and I totally agree with you sir. When are the avg Joe’s going to understand that LIFTING is going to make you stronger and somewhat bigger, depending on how much you lift, how often, etc.

        I, like you, weigh more now at 44 than I did when I was playing college ball and lifting then. Weighing more at less body fat that is… I agree and cannot imagine how good someone could get in shape, etc with personal chef, etc etc.

        You guys that “think” anyone like Tiger, Rory, JDay, etc are juicing, are absolutely naive and or kidding yourselves. PGA Tour pros take mandatory and unannounced drug tests throughout the year, first off. Second off, if you REALLY want to see what juicing and PED use looks like from an atrophied perspective, look at Flex magazine or someone like Jay Cutler(not the football player). Guys on the PGA Tour that barely weigh 195 lbs are NOT on illegal substances. Please get a grip.

        Dr Troy

    • JR

      Apr 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      His wealth is nothing to do with it but his success means he is a role model for others and role models should be held to a higher standard.

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Tony Finau says he’s hitting 8-iron the same distance he did at 16; no need to roll back ball



Tony Finau is currently second on the PGA Tour in driving distance. He pounds his driver an average of 317.6 yards off the tee.

18Birdies’ Josh Hayes spoke with Finau on the aptly named 18Birdies podcast about distance in the game and proposals to roll back the golf ball.

“Where are you at with the distance debate?” Hayes asks. “Do we need to roll the ball back? Do we need to leave it alone?”

Finau says we should leave the ball alone, saying “We have to believe in evolution,” and adding, “athletes get better and stronger. To this, Finau adds the thought that technology gets better and players have more knowledge and technology at their fingertips to enhance performance.

“Things progress…part of that is guys hitting the ball farther,” Finau says. “Maybe there’s a debate that the average is a little bit longer, but guys have been hitting it far for a really long time. John Daly was hitting it 300 yards 15-20 years ago.”

He did make an interesting point with respect to distance across all clubs.

“If I look at how far I hit an 8-iron today, I was hitting my 8-iron the same distance when I was 16 years old…I don’t know if the debate is about the ball or the driver. From what I hear, it’s the ball, and I don’t know if I believe that. The only club I’m hitting farther is the driver.”

Finau also mentioned that he doesn’t think rolling back the ball will help grow the game or make it attractive to new players, “Kids like to hit it far…hitting it 280 yards isn’t even cool,” Finau said, adding, “It’s not as fun to watch someone hit it 280 yards as it is to watch Dustin Johnson.”

Finau agreed with Josh Hayes that the responsibility to challenge players lies with the PGA Tour and course setups, rather than with governing bodies imposing regulations.

You can check out the full pod below

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Certainly, it’s interesting to hear what one of the Tour’s most impressive natural athletes and longest hitters has to say. Do you agree with his remarks? Should his opinion carry extra weight given his “bomber” status? Less? Let us know!

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POLL: It seems like Tour players like non-traditional events. Do fans?



This week, the PGA Tour heads to the revamped Zurich Classic for the second year of the two-man team competition. Tournament organizers continue to refine the format (adding walk-up music this year!), but players are embracing the competition…perhaps to a surprising degree.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner addressed this

“PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new…In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions…Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it.”

Before discussing the merits of Lavner’s claim, let’s look at the field from the European Tour’s GolfSixes event to see who shows up for that tournament.

Here’s what last year’s field looked like

1. ENGLAND: Chris Wood, Andy Sullivan
2. THAILAND: Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
3. AUSTRALIA: Sam Brazel, Scott Hend
4. SOUTH AFRICA: Darren Fichardt, Brandon Stone
5. DENMARK: Thorbjørn Olesen, Lucas Bjerregaard
6. FRANCE: Alexander Levy, Grégory Bourdy
7. SPAIN: Pablo Larrazábal, Jorge Campillo
8. WALES: Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson
9. USA: Paul Peterson, David Lipsky
10. NETHERLANDS; Joost Luiten, Reinier Saxton
11. BELGIUM: Nicolas Colsaerts, Thomas Detry
12. SWEDEN: Johan Carlsson,Joakim Lagergren
13. INDIA: S.S.P Chawrasia, Chikkarangappa S
14. PORTUGAL: Ricardo Gouveia, José-Filipe Lima
15. ITALY: Matteo Manassero, Renato Paratore
16. SCOTLAND: Richie Ramsay, Marc Warren

Neither Chris Wood nor Andy Sullivan are among the 10 best English golfers. Although, the top six play primarily on the PGA Tour. Looking through the rest of the teams, however, several countries’ top players turned up. Saying the top players on the European Tour were showing up en masse last year would be inappropriate, but clearly the event was embraced (and is returning this year).

So, let’s ourselves embrace the idea that players (at least some/enough players) like non-traditional events. Whether they want to see more of them is another question, and one which we don’t have data on.

We can, however, compile some data on what the fans think and whether they want to see more non-traditional tournaments, and that’s where you come in GolfWRX members. Let us know by responding to the polls below, we’ll be sure to share your results with the PGA and European Tours!

Do you like watching non-tradition Tour events? (such as the Zurich Classic, GolfSixes)

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Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes blames lack of golf for slump



If you’re a Mets fan, perhaps you’re wondering what’s wrong with star slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes is hitting just .195 through 20 games, and he leads the league with 37 strikeouts.

Well, here’s the problem, straight from the horse’s mouth (per James Wagner of the New York Times)

“In previous seasons, one of the things I did when I wasn’t going well was to play golf…This year, I’m not playing golf.”

Cespedes, by all accounts, is mad for golf–going so far as to suggest he’d like to play professionally when he retires from baseball. However, after last season, in which he missed more than 80 games due to hamstring issues and was scrutinize for teeing it up, he’s staying off the fairway. And not golfing, in Cespedes’ mind at least, is costing him.

Obviously, Cespedes is not the baseballer to enjoy whacking a smaller white ball around, but he is perhaps the first to suggest that not golfing has had an adverse effect on his performance at the plate.

Specifically, Cespedes says he’s making contact with the baseball too early. His front shoulder open–a power leak of sorts–he’s hitting the baseball equivalent of weak slices.

“With golf, I had to keep my hands inside and keep watching the ball in order to hit it well,” he said in Spanish, per Wagner. “I think that helped me.”

While correlation doesn’t imply causality, the Mets might want to encourage Cespedes to get back on the golf course–even if it’s only because it could be the placebo pill he needs to play better baseball. Also, we at GolfWRX always advocate for the curative powers of the game.

Thus, we modestly propose: #LetYoenisGolfAgain

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