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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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The DailyWRX (10/21/2020): Golf dad jokes | How to make the Match 3 better

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Yes he will….God willing….

Dad Jokes……

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This fucking guy ????

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I have some thoughts…..3 on 1….Phil Gross vs Threesome Net, Stroke Play….Threesome gets to call “no driver” on 3 holes….”no wedges” on 3 holes and no “putter” on 3 holes…Make it interesting. Everyone plays from White tees. LFG

I thought his mask was a beard he grew just to work out….

Yah but it doesn’t make me a bad person….

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What golf ball do you use?

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Tiger weighs in on the distance debate: ‘They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now’

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The distance debate in golf continues to rumble on, and this week, the greatest player of his generation had his say claiming that the game’s governing bodies should have been worried a long time ago about the surge in distance amongst Tour pros.

Asked before this week’s Zozo about the recent urge players have to find more distance, Woods spoke about the importance of length in the game and how it’s more accessible than ever for players to find an extra gear or two off the tee.

“Distance has always been an advantage. Now that we have the tools, that being the launch monitor, the fitting of the golf clubs, the adjustability. I think all that plays into the fact that you’re able to maximize the capabilities of a driver.

There’s no reason why you can’t pick up more yardage, and guys have done that. They’ve changed shafts, they’ve changed lofts, they’ve changed weights on their heads and length of clubs. Driving is such a huge part of the game and it’s so advantageous if you’re able to get the ball out there. It just makes the game so much easier.”

When asked by media if the game’s authorities should be worried about the recent surge in the added distance in the game, Woods claimed that though he would like to be able to see a complete rollback, he doesn’t see it happening.

“They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now. It’s about what do we do going forward, and how soon can they do it. I don’t know if they’re going—you’re not going to stop the guys who are there right now. Guys are figuring out how to carry the ball 320-plus yards, and it’s not just a few of them. There’s a lot of guys can do it. That’s where the game’s going.

There’s only going to be a small amount of property that we can do, we can alter golf courses. I just don’t see how they can roll everything back. I would like to be able to see that, as far as our game, but then we go back down the road of what do you bifurcate, at what level? So that’s a long discussion we’ve had for a number of years, for 20-plus years now, and I think it’s only going to continue.” 

Tiger will tee off for his first round at the Zozo Championship this Thursday at 1.45 PM ET.

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The surprising event Tiger Woods hints at playing before the Masters

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Many people were under the impression that this week’s Zozo Championship would be Tiger Woods’ last stop before heading to Augusta National in three weeks, but not so fast.

According to the Big Cat himself, the Houston Open may well be on the 15-time major champion’s radar, which is the very week before the Masters kicks off.

Speaking to media at Sherwood CC this week, Woods said

“Well, I think my plan is just to play and practice. I don’t know if I’m going to play Houston or not. I’m not playing next week, and we’ll see how this week goes and make a decision from there.”

That event that he has ruled himself out of next week is the Bermuda Championship, and further explaining his preparation before the Masters, Woods brought up the possibility of Houston once more to reporters:

“This entire year has been different for all of us. And my run-up to Augusta is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. That’s just the way it is. The whole idea is to be ready in a few weeks and whether or not that’s playing one more event, whether that’s Houston or just playing here at Zozo, just making sure that I’m ready for Augusta.”

Woods has never before played the Houston Open, and in 2020 it will be the first event to have fans back on-site since the Tour’s restart, with 2,000 spectators to be allowed through the gates each day of tournament play.

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