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Tiger on possible head-to-head money match with Phil: “We’ll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable”

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As you have probably heard, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are paired together for the Thursday and Friday rounds at The 2018 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. It’s only Tuesday, and the two living legends and long-time rivals have already started talking trash.

When talking on Tuesday about a potential head-to-head, high stakes match against Tiger, Phil said, “I don’t know if he wants a piece of me.”

Shots fired?

Tiger, when asked about Phil’s response, said, “Well, first of all, big picture.” Of course, he’s implying the whole 79 vs. 43 PGA Tour wins thing. Ouch.

He continued…

“No, no, as I said, it’s going to be fun playing with him again,” Tiger said. “We have both done this throughout our careers. We have always looked at each other and said, where is he on the board. That’s what Arnold and Jack used to do all the time. They’d always try and find, okay, what’s — what’s Jack at. And the same thing with Jack, where’s Arnie at. It’s been either way for our entire careers. Now that we have an opportunity to play against each other again on the first day when the gun blows, it’s going to be fun. I enjoy either competing with him on the first or second day or if it’s the last day. It’s always been a blast, and he’s one hell of a competitor, and it’s always going to be a challenge to try and beat him.”

Yea, but what about that head-to-head, high stakes match, Tiger?

“I’m definitely not against that. We’ll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable.”

Oh, wow. But, who would win that match? Let’s put it to a vote…

In a head-to-head, high-stakes match, who do you think would win?

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  1. Rich Gardner

    May 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    If it is based on current tournament, I think Phil game is in great shape, whereas Tiger is still in process of getting his game back. A few more months and it gets much closer. Phil in a nail biter!

  2. Clancy

    May 9, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Winner should have to pay their taxes without deductions.

  3. Tully McMuffin

    May 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Speaking of stories. Jason Day has really gained weight. Tubby needs to slow down.

  4. joro

    May 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    It would be a hoot to watch, but I don’t think the Tiger has the game, even with his new sooner dooper prototype Irons that he has not mastered yet,,,,, or will he ever? However the Tiger faithful are hopeful,,, Good Luck Tiger Lovers.

    But it is all in fun,, isn’t it ?

  5. jMac

    May 9, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    You guys voting Tiger do realize we’re talking about now, right?

    • Robert Parsons

      May 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      They forgot to post the odds.

      Phil -215
      Tiger +185

      • Robert Parsons

        May 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm

        In all fairness, I figured the casino probably does have this bet. I checked. And the ACTUAL odds at this time are much closer. Phil is still a small favorite to win the matchup.

        Phil -125
        Tiger +105

  6. Eric

    May 9, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Phil may be at his best when there’s more than a trophy on the line…

  7. moses

    May 9, 2018 at 1:34 am

    122 TOUR WINS between these two. AWESOME!!

    • Harry Williams

      May 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      What’s awesome is the difference in their tour wins!

  8. jamie

    May 8, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Amy Mickelson may be the decider.

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There are a few things you need to know 18 times every round if you want to stay on the right side of the law, and some of them are quirky. They all surround the Teeing Ground, a very specific area defined by the Rules which is different from the larger (undefined) flat area upon which the tee-markers are placed and rotated.

One might think that putting a peg in the ground to start your hole is stupid-simple, but let’s reserve that judgment for a while. I recently had a discussion about this with a friend, and crudely sketched out some scenarios.  Please look at Illustration No. 1, and hold off on looking at Illustration No. 2 further below for the moment.

In the first illustration, you will find the depiction of two haphazardly-placed (square) tee-markers; five golf balls; and a representation of the depth of two club-lengths. Which of the balls has been placed in a position to legally start the play of the hole?

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While it may seem simple, irregularly shaped tee-markers and tee-markers which “aim” you in an off direction relative to the fairway actually require careful analysis in order to accurately determine where the Teeing Ground begins and ends. Here is the explicit Definition:

The “teeing ground” is the starting place for the hole to be played. It is a rectangular area two club-lengths in depth, the front and the sides of which are defined by the outside limits of two tee-markers. A ball is outside the teeing ground when all of it lies outside the teeing ground.

When square tee-markers are positioned in such a way that their sides are not parallel to each other, the precise rectangular area of the Teeing Ground can have a surprising outline. And the fact that a ball may be partially outside the Teeing Ground and still considered technically within it can add to the possible confusion.  

Moving on to reviewing Illustration No. 2, you’ll see the rectangle of the Teeing Ground superimposed over the haphazardly placed tee-markers per the Definition. Ball A, C, and D are partially within the Teeing Ground and therefore legal to play, and Ball B and E are completely outside of it. So if you’re one of those players who wants to get every last inch closer to the hole when you tee it up (or on occasion want to be almost two full club-lengths away from the front of the Teeing Ground) take heed!

The exact place the tee-markers are positioned takes on critical importance in another way, too. Rule 11-2 forbids you from moving the tee-markers to assist you before you make your first stroke from the Teeing Ground. So unless you have already made a stroke (in which case the tee-markers have become movable obstructions which you may temporarily move) don’t intentionally move them — even to “straighten” them for groups behind you. Decision 11-2/2 gives you the fairly complicated details on when you may or may not touch them without penalty, but it’s way easier to just remember to leave them alone!

In wild contrast to the prohibitions against changing the position of the tee-markers, the Rules are downright liberal in terms of what you may do to the surface of the Teeing Ground before you play. While Rule 1-2 generally prohibits you from altering physical conditions with the intent of affecting the play of a hole, Rule 11-1 lets you go hog-wild in changing the surface of this particular area. You’re free to create or eliminate any irregularity of surface you wish: stamp on the ground with your foot, create a divot hole or tuft of turf with your club, pull out a hunk of grass or a weed — have at it if you’re so moved. In addition, Rule 13-2 allows you to remove dew, frost or water from the Teeing Ground. In all cases, make sure you’re doing this landscaping only to the ground within the two club-length deep official Teeing Ground. Do it to the surrounding area and you might be in trouble. (In particular, note that Decision 13-2/14 makes it clear that you may not break a branch off a tree near the Teeing Ground that might interfere with your swing.)

If you’ve got the nerve, there’s a way to sort of expand the Teeing Ground for yourself: Rule 11-1 assures us that a player’s stance may be outside the Teeing Ground when he or she plays a ball from within it. So if you’re looking to get a better angle to a dogleg fairway or to avoid some overhanging branches out there, feel free to tee it up anywhere you wish between the tee-markers and deal with your stance afterward. Just be sure your concentration skills allow you to ignore that tee-marker which may now be between your toe and the ball!

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In either Match or Stroke Play, you may warn your opponent or fellow-competitor that he or she is about to play from outside the Teeing Ground. If you have the occasion, it’s a nice thing to do. Take care, play well!

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