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Did Tiger Woods just take a shot at the USGA?

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As we well know, the protection of par is the USGA’s sacred cow in setting up U.S. Open venues. More specifically, configuring a venue so that the winning score will be as close to even par without going into red numbers is its fixation, despite CEO Mike Davis’ attempts to distance himself from public proclamations of such in recent years.

Thus, when, at the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods made the following remarks on the tail end of reflections about the upcoming Open Championship, it’s clear what he was doing: praising the R&A’s philosophy while criticizing the USGA’s.

“One of the neat things about playing an Open Championship — they don’t really care what par is. They just let whatever Mother Nature has — if it’s in store for a wet Open it is; if it’s dry it’s dry. They don’t try and manufacture an Open.”

Woods’ remarks represent a critique of the USGA’s underlying tournament setup philosophy.

If for some reason you don’t think Woods was taking a jab at the USGA, consider the fact that he’s one of the greatest corporate athletes of all time and is well versed in not only the art of both “saying things while saying nothing” and “not saying things that will get him in trouble while essentially saying them.”

Woods makes it clear he heard the reporter ask him if his remark was a shot at the USGA, gives this smile, but doesn’t confirm (see the featured image for the smile).

Check out the full exchange in the PGA Tour’s Periscope below.

Do you agree, GolfWRX members, or is there another reading of Tiger’s remarks?

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  1. Dave r

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    So who gives a rats a####

  2. WigerToods

    Jul 3, 2018 at 9:25 am

    oh, Tiger said it??? then he isn’t whining and we MUST take a look!!!

  3. JB

    Jul 2, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Love it!!! How can the USGA be that bad at running golf tournaments???

  4. jc

    Jul 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    lee trevino said to win a us open, go get a wedge and try to hit a ball and stop it on a car hood.

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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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