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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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The 555-yard par 5 that Bryson will try and DRIVE this week at Bay Hill

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Bryson DeChambeau has been a trailblazer in the game of golf over the past 18 months, and this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we could well see the golf scientist attempt to drive a par 5.

The 6th hole at Bay Hill measures 555-yards; however, to carry the lake with the drive and hit the green, Bryson would need to fly the ball approximately 340-yards.

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What’s more, Bryson has already committed to trying his luck on the hole this week if there is a little bit of downhill wind, telling Golf.com last month:

“If I play this year I will definitely do it. No. 6 at Bay Hill is one of those I’ve been eyeing. I think I can do some pretty cool things on it.”

A few players have unsuccessfully attempted to pull off the shot in the past, most notably back in 1998 when John Daly famously made an 18 on the hole. You can check out Daly’s disaster below.

If Bryson does pull off the shot, it also brings the remarkable 4-under par on a hole ‘Condor’ into the conversation.

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Johnny Manziel plans to tee it up on the PGA Tour

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Johnny Manziel has revealed that he is aiming to become a pro golfer and has given himself 12 years to complete the task.

The former NFL quarterback is now 28-years-old and outlined his plans on the “Green Light with Chris Long” podcast, which he admitted will be a “very uphill battle”.

“I’m giving myself 12 years to try to play professional golf. I’m gonna grind this out and see how good I can get and see if I can’t enter in some tournaments and see if I can’t go play professional golf eventually. I think it is a very uphill battle, but that’s what I’m setting for my goals. I have 12 years to try and make a PGA Tour event.”

Manziel, who is currently playing in a fan controlled football league, revealed on social media last year that he is a 2 handicap and even won a long drive competition at a charity golf classic in 2020 with a recorded drive of 356 yards.

Check out Manziel’s swing below and let us know in the comments how you rate his chances of one day competing in a PGA Tour event!

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Remembering Arnold Palmer’s driver off the deck

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Arnold Palmer endeared himself to fans thanks to his go-for-broke swagger, and in 2004, when playing in his final PGA Tour event, the now-named Arnold Palmer Invitational, he gave us a fitting final approach to the 18th green with a driver off the deck.

As a younger golf fan at the time, I didn’t quite have the full appreciation for Arnold’s impact on the game as I do now, but there was something about watching this shot on that Friday afternoon that was special.

Palmer’s grandson on the bag. Arnie’s Army out in full force—and for no reason beyond giving the people “what they came to see” he hit an absolutely perfect shot that continues to resonate.

Thanks for the memory, Mr. Palmer.

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