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Tiger Woods talks his 2019 Masters victory, Presidents Cup captaincy, and his future schedule on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

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On Tuesday, Tiger Woods spoke with SiriusXM’s Brian Katrek and Taylor Zarzour where the 15-time major champion discussed his 2019 Masters victory, how his Presidents Cup captaincy is keeping him up all night, and his playing schedule moving forward.

Speaking on his remarkable win at Augusta National back in April, Woods admitted to his hosts that the victory has finally sunk in, and how his game clicked that week.

*All quotes courtesy of SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

“It has (sunk in), That part has, just looking back at how I pulled it off somehow. Just everything came together for one week. I started to hit the ball up in the air, I started drawing it better, my feel was great around the greens, my speed on the greens was good, it was just a matter of getting myself in contention.”

Woods explained how his mind worked heading to the back nine, and how he felt he needed to be aggressive down the final stretch to see off the half a dozen players in contention.

“Then all of a sudden I found myself in contention, and it was weird playing in threesomes on Sunday, going out early, then all of a sudden sparks started flying on 12, and coming in so many guys had a chance. Five or six guys at one point had a share or outright share of the lead on the back nine, so it was a ‘who’s who’ of who’s going to win this thing, and I figured I needed to make four or five birdies on the back nine to have a chance and I was able to do that.”

The 43-year-old also admitted that he soaked the win in more than any other in his career due to his struggles over the few years preceding the victory.

“I did (soak it in), only because I didn’t know if I would ever have this opportunity again. Where I was a few years ago, was not a good place – I was hoping to walk again, to walk without pain. It was a tough period of my life, and I just wanted to be out of that, and I was fortunate to have the operation and give myself a chance to have a normal life.

Then all of a sudden my hands started saying ‘we can do this again’, and I figured out some sort of swing, that’s not what it used to be, it’s worked around what my back can do, and I still have the hands to do it.”

As the subject moved to Presidents Cup duties next week, Woods talked about the communication process in preparation for the event, and how the worldwide destination of both his vice-captains and players has led to little opportunity to sleep.

“I don’t sleep anyway, but there have been some long, long nights. At one point, Woodland just went to DPT in Japan, and I’m getting texts from him at weird hours, Reed was over in Dubai so getting some weird texts at weird hours.

Fred’s (Couples) over on the west coast, and Fred’s staying up late which puts me at about 2,3,4 in the morning texting with Fred, by the time that’s up, it’s time to go to the gym, wake up and start my day and next thing I realize is that it’s been about three days since I slept.”

Despite the lack of sleep, Katrek and Zarzour mentioned the fresh appearance of their guest in contrast to last year, and commenting on his plans for his schedule next year, Woods said it’s going to be a similar limited schedule like we saw in 2019.

“Well, I played too much last year. That was a mistake, and this past year I backed off my schedule, played a little bit less, and I think that’s probably going to be my schedule going forward. I can’t play as much as I used to. There’s no way. And understanding that – and then probably more than anything this year was trying to understand how to prep for the major events that we had each and every month.

With the condensed schedule, tournaments I like to play that I traditionally have played, times I’m usually taking breaks, can’t really take those breaks anymore. So trying to figure all that out and then I had a knee issue, an oblique issue this year, so that has been one of those deals.”

KM on Tap airs weekly on SiriusXM Radio, and the full interview with Woods is available to listen to now on SiriusXM On Demand.

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (1.17.20)

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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.

Mr. Twisty from Lowtide Putters.

“The Gambler”

Scotty Cameron Monterey California in a brushed copper with black paintfill from The Golf Garage.

Bettinardi teasing their new HLX 3.0.

New from Liberty Ballmarkers.

Haywoodgolf going raw.

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Brooks Koepka drops mic on Bryson’s trash talking

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What started last year as a call out for “overcalculations” by Brooks Koepka on Bryson DeChambeau’s slow play during a tournament press conference has now escalated to what could be considered in the social media world as a full-fledged beef.

Unfortunately, in war there are casualties, and this morning a calculating Brooks fired a single shot that has so far left Bryson at a loss for words.

But how we got to this point could possibly be the most interesting part of the story.

Bryson made it very clear after the end of the 2019 PGA Tour season he wanted to get bulked and attempt to add up to 25 pounds of muscle to help gain speed and overall strength—what could have remained a quiet private endeavor in the gym quickly became the greatest gift from the golf content gods; Bryson DeChambeau talking non-stop about his workouts and how much bigger he was getting compared to golf’s favorite “built like a linebacker” individual, Brooks Koepka.

It gets weirder: trust me.

Beyond his time in the gym, one of Bryson’s favorite pastimes is playing Fortnite and streaming to Twitch (I really don’t get it either but to each their own). A lot is said in what usually accounts to a few hours of gameplay, but thanks to Golf.com’s Luke Kerr-Dineen, we did get this little nugget from one of the most recent streams:

It was after this comment got back to Brooks that he “loaded the proverbial twitter sniper rifle and fired,” and let’s just say the replies might be just as funny as the initial tweet.

This is most likely not the end to this back and forth verbal boxing match between Brooks and Bryson, and for the sake of fun I hope it goes all 12 rounds.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (1.15.20)

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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

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Yet another beautiful looking flat-stick from Tyson Lamb.

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Game it, Display it, or both? #LambCrafted

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Custom FIN with twisted flow neck and micro-stamped bumpers from Lowtide Putters.

The return of the Ping L8.

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???????? it’s back!!! @pingtour L8

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Great shot of “The Pit” in Mexico City courtesy of Andrew Harris.

Which headcover you taking, WRXers?

TaylorMade P790 in a polished copper finish from The Golf Garage.

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