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Tiger Woods’ Masters hopes nearly dashed by security guard

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Tiger Woods’ fans worldwide had visions of the 14-time major champion’s pursuit of a 15th crown going up in smoke, Friday. More specifically, Woods nearly went down himself when Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent, acting as security for Woods, nearly slide tackled the golfer.

In a can’t-make-this-stuff-up moment, Woods had just played his second shot from the trees at Augusta National’s 14th hole when the special agent rushed in to attempt to restrain the descending crowd (which, it has to be said, weren’t really encroaching in a way that necessitated “shots fired” level of personal security).

Woods, who tore his right Achilles tendon in 2008, limped off after the incident but ultimately birdied the hole with a 28-foot putt.

While the special agent was eventually muzzled by his superiors, he did tell Golf.com’s Dylan Detheir

“Well, he made birdie, so I guess it all worked out. Man, I am really glad he made birdie.”

Asked about the red card-worthy offense after the round, Woods said

“It’s all good. Accidents happen. I’ve had galleries run over me. When you play in front of a lot of people, things happen.”

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  1. joro

    Apr 14, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    This “writer” of the article is a total jerk. The guy was doing his job and slipped of the wet turf. The crowd was moving fast and he was just doing his job trying to protect Tiger. The term tackle was a dumb comment as was the whole article and why even bother to publish it when what really happened was obviously an accident.

    • Benito camelas

      Apr 15, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      Guy over reacted and went full operator mode. Shocked he didn’t pop up with the taser ready to discharge. Unnecessary response that could have caused a serious injury. The Gestapo and SS where also doing their job, doesnt make it any more excusable.

  2. Michael

    Apr 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    No reason to get that aggressive with the most well behaved patrons in golf.

  3. rex 235

    Apr 13, 2019 at 2:02 am

    My friend told me someone has almost 6 figures on TW to win at 14 to 1 odds.

    The Payoff would be almost $1.2 Million.

    Guess it will be an interesting weekend.

  4. Turbo ned

    Apr 12, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Nothing like a mall cop trying to play hero. Stooge.

    • TLW

      Apr 13, 2019 at 5:53 am

      Those aren’t mall cops and he was just trying to do his job.

      • Jamie

        Apr 13, 2019 at 10:19 am

        History’s worst villians were just doing their jobs too. Don’t. Just don’t.

        • Tyler Durden

          Apr 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm

          That was too easy…

        • Adam

          Apr 17, 2019 at 1:28 pm

          Comparing a bone-headed security guard at The Masters to the Gestapo or SS is just insane. You guys are clowns.

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Looking back at the extraordinary 2014 WGC-Match Play final: Day vs Dubuisson

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Though we may be missing what was scheduled to be the 2020 WGC-Match Play this week, it seems like as good a time as any to delve into the vault and look back on a classic Match Play final.

Here I’ll take you back to what was one of the most memorable finals in recent history between Jason Day and Victor Dubuisson.

Day (26) had been tipped for greatness throughout his young career and had raced effortlessly to the final in the desert.

Less was known about Dubuisson (23). Despite a win a few months earlier at the Turkish Airlines Open, the Frenchman had appeared previously just three times stateside, failing to make much of an impression.

The Match

Dove Mountain, Arizona was the setting, and by the 13th hole, the match looked done and dusted, with the heavy favorite Day forging himself a 3up lead – before it began to slowly slip away.

Dubuisson took the 13th hole, but despite a birdie at the 15th, the Frenchman was staring down the barrel remaining 2down with two to play. Facing a 12-foot putt to stay alive on 17, Dubuisson held his nerve pouring the putt in the middle to take it to the last.

On the final hole, Dubuisson saved par from the bunker which left Day two putts from 68-feet to wrap up his first WGC title.

The Australian’s first putt settled 10-feet from the cup, and ready to capture the second PGA Tour title of his career, Day’s par attempt was dead-center from the moment the ball left his flat-stick. But he agonizingly failed to hit it, leaving it short and in the jaws and taking us to extra holes.

Back in 2014, as silly as it sounds knowing what we know in 2020, doubts lingered about Day’s ability to close. He had won just once on Tour (2010), had three times been the bridesmaid at majors and at the 2013 Masters held the lead with three holes to play before stumbling home with two fatal bogeys.

With Day losing a 3up lead with just six holes to play and then leaving his 10-foot putt on 18 for victory short, it seemed like the 26-year-old could be hit with another mental scar.

But those fears looked to alleviate themselves when on the first playoff hole his competitor found the base of a cactus.

The final will forever be remembered for the sequence of events that followed.

Dubuisson’s Magic

In any other circumstances, Dubuisson would likely have taken an unplayable. But in a do or die position, the Frenchman summoned up one of the most remarkable up and downs you’re likely to see – knocking the ball from the cactus to 4 feet from the hole and extending the match.

On the very next hole, Dubuisson found trouble again in the form of a bush surrounded by rocks. To do it once was remarkable, to do it twice was borderline ridiculous. But the enigmatic 23-year did just that, swiping at the ball, hitting it to 8-feet, holing the putt as if it was nothing and extending the final.

All Day could do was laugh or cry. He chose the former.

The After-Effect

Day would go on to win the final, birdieing the fifth playoff hole and perhaps changing the course of his career. Tagged with an inability to close before the WGC-Match Play win, this victory was undoubtedly the catalyst in the Australian’s career. Nineteen months after winning his second title on Tour, Day had racked up a further five victories, including his single major title to date at the 2015 PGA Championship.

For Dubuisson, later that year he would shine at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, winning 2.5 points from three matches and was described by playing partner Graeme McDowell as “Europe’s next superstar”.

As of 2020, that proclamation has failed to materialize, with Dubuisson suffering massively with a perforated eardrum which saw him appear just twice in 2018, and he has since only twice claimed top-10 finishes on the European Tour.

Day didn’t trail once over his final 53 holes at the 2014 event, triumphing in the desert to kick start an incredible run that would see him climb to the summit of the sport.

But ask anyone who watched the 2014 WGC-Match Play final and their first recollection will almost always be the two extraordinary escapes the cool Frenchman gifted us to prove that sometimes there can be glory in defeat.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.27.20)

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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.

Painted using just putter grips!

Re-worked Queen B8 from The Golf Garage.

Saucy looking FootJoys on display.

Unicorn material?

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This thing was a unicorn ????

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“Raspberry Tea” from Paul G.

Which muscle profile is your favorite, WRXers?

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1 set, 3 muscle profiles

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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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Brandel Chamblee claims Jordan Spieth’s issues could be solved in “two seconds” with this adjustment

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Outspoken golf analyst Brandel Chamblee has claimed that Jordan Spieth’s problems on the course could be solved in “two seconds” while questioning Rickie Fowler’s “dangerous” decision to split with Butch Harmon.

Speaking in Part II of his Q&A with GolfWeek, Chamblee compared the swing of Spieth from 2015 to 2020. Through video analysis, the pundit suggested that unlike in 2015, once Spieth takes the club away, his left knee goes out over his toes resulting in a loss of trunk balance, with his body moving towards the target forcing the Texan to “make compensations”.

Further analyzing the 2020 swing of Spieth compared to 2015, Chamblee believes the issue causes the butt end of the club to go back, and not towards the ball resulting in his shaft steepening. This element wasn’t evident in 2015 due to Spieth’s left knee not kicking out a fraction as much, according to the 57-year-old.

Speaking on why Spieth has not corrected what is a swing flaw in Chamblee’s eyes, the analyst stated

“There’s consequences to these movements. You cannot change the engine pattern. (The video from 2015) is how Jordan plays his best golf. Why would his teacher tell him to change that? Why?

He’s either being told to do that or whoever’s watching him doesn’t see that he’s doing that. That would take two seconds to fix. Two seconds. But he’s clearly been told that or somebody’s watching him who is not aware.”

On the subject of Rickie Fowler, who has struggled in 2020 with two missed cuts in his last four starts, Chamblee criticized the “dangerous” decision of the 31-year-old to leave Butch Harmon, despite the analyst’s belief that his current instructor John Tillery is a “very good coach”

“Rickie has been an extraordinary player and having an amazing career, just on the cusp of superstardom. His coach (Butch Harmon) retires and is no longer going to Tour events, which means now you have to get on a plane and fly to Las Vegas to see him. So get on a plane and fly to Vegas or send him video. 

Rickie had roughly seven, eight years with a coach who helped him immediately become a better player. There wasn’t an incubation period necessary and he immediately got better.”

You can read Chamblee’s full Q&A with GolfWeek here.

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