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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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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations

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Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.

 

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