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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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Don’t be THAT guy at your corporate outing

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Today is the day. Your out-of-office email is up, and you’re fully prepared for an afternoon at the course. As a driving range pro, you think this day will be a gentle breeze. However, you are not prepared. You may not even realize it, but you are about to be that guy.

That guy… who is that guy? Well, I’m glad you asked.

He’s that guy at the range hours early instead of socializing at the breakfast. He’s that guy arranging the scramble lineup when he finally makes it to that breakfast. He’s the guy who finds himself reading a golf blog about a corporate scramble.

Hi, guy!

Now, let’s start this early in the morning. You’re in your closet carefully crafting your outfit for the day. Wait, wait, wait… let’s not start there. Therein lies the problem, guy. You aren’t composing an outfit, not today! An outfit is for Day 2 of your member-guest. An outfit is for that golf trip with your buddies. An outfit is for Bill Murray at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am (who, with those bell bottoms, is becoming dangerously close to that guy). 

I digress.

A corporate outing is for the muted colors sitting in the back of your closet. There’s no need to get flashy with your attire on this day. If your game is as good as your rangefinder magnet says you are, your game will be enough of the conversation; there’s no need to make your belt buckle one of them. White shorts are fine, but please, don’t be the guy wrapped in pants in 80-degree heat. I get it, you’re “more comfortable in pants” and “this new fabric is actually cooler than shorts.” Come on now, let’s save the pants for guys who aren’t playing for pro shop credit.

Obviously club-tossing, swear-wording and teammate-bashing are huge no-nos, but you already know that. Be encouraging on the course and give your teammates credit when they hit one down the middle, even if you drive it past them. It was still their shot that freed you up.

Most importantly, gauge the competitiveness of the team. Some people are there to win; some people are there for gin. If it’s clear that your team isn’t firing 14-under, kick back, relax and help your teammates improve. You’ll have your own chance. You can still get excited for the long drive, guy.

Speaking of the long drive, why is the prize for winning said competition so often a new driver? “You proved today how well you smash that driver, so here is a new one!” Sir, he likes his just fine. I think it’s safe to venture he’d rather stop the three-putt pars. Which also goes for the longest-putt prize. A brand new Odyssey White Hot! Just stop it. Pro shop credit… problem solved.

Speaking of problems, there’s a good chance someone in your group will have a massive one with their swing. As a guy, you’ll probably want to tell them they are “casting” and to try this “towel-under-the-arm drill.” Yes, it is completely fine to provide a tip, but only when warranted (or preferably, called upon). You can go from “guy who helped my short game” to “guy who destroyed my swing” with just a few too many hints.

One more thing. Don’t let any guy pull this move.

Let me paint a story. Your team approaches the green, you have two decent looks at birdie. Good for you! However, your team can’t decide. One is 15-feet straight up the hill. The other is an eight-foot slider. The team agrees the shorter putt is still the play.

“I’ll smack this 15-footer, just for fun,” your cheating teammate says. Followed shortly by, “unless it goes in, ha.”

Other than actually cheating, this is the most common and lame shenanigan I’ve seen in a corporate scramble. I’ve never forgotten the people that did it with me, and they won’t forget you.

Man, that got dark in a hurry.

Back to the fun stuff. You’ve mastered the clothing and seamlessly blended casual and competitive like Tom Brady in Uggs. All that is left now is to select your winning item in the pro shop. And this is where I leave my final tip. Go with something practical: gloves, golf balls. The last thing your wardrobe needs is another lime green shirt that you’ll want to wear in next month’s scramble.

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