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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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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/29/20): Ping, Byron Morgan, Mizuno Copper!

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member BassCatchr77 – Ping i500 / iBlade combo set

They might look like blades all the way through the bag, but this is not your average combo set. Ping i500s are some of the hottest hollow irons on the market and the iBlades are way more forgiving than they appear. This is like a sneaky speedster family sedan with 500HP under the hood.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping Combo Set

Member Ngin24 – Byron Morgan Milled Putter

Most people know the big names when it comes to milled putters, and although Byron Morgan hasn’t yet broken into the mainstream doesn’t mean he doesn’t make an awesome putter! This is a milled Anser shape with clean lines and no alignment aid on top – they don’t get cleaner than this.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Byron Morgan Putter

Member DirtyBirdie2 – Copper Mizuo MP 20’s

This is one of 500 sets released worldwide and safely being stored in their original box. The asking price might seem high but when you consider the rarity of these irons ( and how freakin’ cool they look ) can you really put a price on them?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Copper Mizuno Irons

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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The DailyWRX 5/29/2020: My friend is an incredible golfer, Barkley the HoFer, Molinari’s landscaping

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We are just two short weeks from live PGA Tour action…just let that sink in and inspire.

That is all, let’s see what happened on IG and the Tweeter.

This is personal…

My best friend just ripped Santa Ana CC in half…

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Congrats @nbollini on a 62! Member course record.

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He wasn’t the best last Sunday…

But Chuck did perform like a Hall of Famer.

This can’t be ignored…

Great swing pro, but wait…..that’s your backyard?! Where did I go wrong? SMH. I’m chipping whiffle balls into a kids’ sand bucket.

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So good to see the boss out of his back garden ????

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Jacklin coming in HOT….

I mean yes it’s shocking he only won one major…..but he’s Sergio, he’s still a legend.

The Steve Stricker Invitational is canceled…

I watched this tourney for one reason….to watch Steve Stricker (Top 10 all-time faves) take a victory lap. YouTube highlights here I come.

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The Match Pt. 3 – The perfect candidates to pair up with Tiger and Phil

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After Sunday’s hugely successful The Match: Champions for Charity, golf fans are already demanding for the third instalment to complete the Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson trilogy.

Whether it’s athletes from other sports, current LPGA stars or celebrities, there’s been plenty of names touted to pair up with Tiger and Phil, and here’s a rundown of some of the biggest contenders to tee it up for The Match Pt. 3.

Sporting Greats

Michael Jordan

A sporting superstar, an avid golfer and a high roller gambler – the world would tune in for MJ. If The Match 3 wants to go in the same direction as the second instalment then landing MJ would be a massive coup, and during an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Phil said he wants him involved.

  • Handicap: 1.9

Steph Curry

One of the biggest NBA players in the game, serial golfer and a man who has done some incredible things for the game of golf to help the sport grow. Curry has already teed it up on the formerly known Web.com Tour, and he has the game to hold his own in this contest.

  • Handicap: 0.1

Tony Romo

The former Cowboys QB loves his golf and provided plenty of highlights when he teed it up last year at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. Romo has a natural flair for the mic, and he’s already shown he’s not afraid to mix it with the pros.

  • Handicap: +0.3

LPGA Stars

Lexi Thompson

I’d love to see more mixed events, and if The Match 3 is to involve LPGA players, then Lexi Thompson has to be involved. Arguably the most recognizable face on the LPGA Tour, Thompson would be a great addition with her power game, blessed with the ability to hit both bombs and hellacious seeds – the perfect fit for the event.

Danielle Kang

The World Number 5 in the world, and Danielle Kang’s star is on the rise. Not only can she play, but she’s not afraid to talk the talk too. She may not have “made the Europeans cry” as she hoped at the 2019 Solheim Cup, but that likely wouldn’t hold her back from trash-talking either Tiger or Phil.

Nelly Korda

The 21-year-old may not have a major to her name just yet, but her number 2 ranking shows she’s close to breaking through. America’s highest-ranked player and one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

Celebrities

Larry David

As comics go, Larry David is difficult not to love. He may not be the best golfer in the world, but the humor he would bring to the event would more than compensate for any suspect shots.

  • Handicap: 15

Bill Murray 

A golf icon in his own right, Bill Murray is seen annually entertaining the crowds at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and his golf game is very solid too. He’d be a popular choice, and there’s no chance the occasion would get the better of him.

  • Handicap: 7.2

Ray Romano

Just like Murray, Ray Romano loves his golf and is seen annually at Pebble Beach during the Tour’s Pro-Am. His game may not hold up as well as Murray, but his entertainment value would more than make up for that.

  • Handicap: 17

WRXers, who do you want to see tee it up with Tiger and Phil for ‘The Match Pt. 3’? 

Let us know what you think!

 

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