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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 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.26.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Embrace Putters nailed the refinish on this flat-stick to match its head cover.

Always. Be. Golfing.

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G’morning. Breakfast is served.

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Beautiful looking irons from National Custom Works.

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Did any WRXers grab a “Never Lag” putter or a head cover over at Swag Golf?

Romines Golf Designs took some inspiration from Lefty.

Who else loves the twist neck design here from Tyson Lamb?

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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John Peterson coming out of retirement after being inspired by the Masters

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John Peterson, the former NCAA D-I individual champion, gave up his ambition of making a living on Tour last summer when he failed to keep his PGA Tour card, but inspired by Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters, Peterson is set to make a comeback.

The 30-year-old has been working in a real estate office for the past seven months and announced his decision to return on Matt Moscona’s radio show “After Review” on 104.5 FM ESPN Baton Rouge. The Texan told Moscona about the desire he felt once again to tee it up while watching the Masters earlier this month, with both Patrick Cantlay and Tiger Woods serving as pivotal players in Peterson’s decision.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had. I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the National Championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him and I beat him a lot and I’m just like man, that could be me.”

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

As for where he stands at this particular moment with his comeback, Peterson has no Tour status and will rely on sponsor exemptions and Monday qualifiers, while the mini-tour route is another option for the Texan. Peterson knows he’s taking a risk in his latest comeback, but the 30-year-old sounds ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff. I will get back, I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top 10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

 

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.25.19)

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New “Never Lag” goodies releasing today from Swag Golf…

…and multiple PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman has a cover ready for action at this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

For anyone still having Masters withdrawal symptoms, here’s some “Augusta green” Raw Apex MBs.

Amazing patchwork from Robert Mark Golf.

A very cool Elements Gold was handed to Corey Conners from UST Mamiya Golf Shafts at this week’s event.

When golf is everything.

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