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Tiger compares and contrasts his upbringing to Williams sisters after watching ‘King Richard’

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Successful child prodigies often have the mystique about them – just how hard did their parents push them when they were young?

Over the weekend, GolfDigestMe.com first reported on Tiger Woods’ visit to see a showing of King Richard, the movie based on the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams.

Produced by golf fan Will Smith, the story is told through the eyes of Richard, a man who successfully planned the success of his daughters’ careers ‘even before they were born’.

In King Richard, gang members that had previously harangued the family changed their attitude once they started getting famous, apologising and promising protection for the Williams clan.

Tiger related to that:

“I grew up not too far away from where they grew up and gang violence was a reality… shootings and stabbings were a reality. You are forced to pick sides, and sometimes you weren’t allowed to pick sides… they just picked it for you. They sometimes chose whether or not you are gonna make it or not.”

Not everything in the movie was a carbon copy though.

“My dad was a bit different from Richard. He did not push me in that way. He would always tell me to play as many junior tournaments as possible. I played a ton of junior tournaments, whereas Venus and Serena did not.

But my dad grew up in that racial time. And so, for me, to hear all the stories that he passed on to me, and all that Richard was going through, was very relatable. I can understand how he must have felt, and I can also understand what Serena and Venus had to go through.”

Just a few days after the golf community mourned the passing of one of the sport’s great black ambassadors, Lee Elder, it was poignant to read of Tiger’s words.

“Unfortunately, you know, our country at that time, racism did exist. It does now, but certainly not at level which Richard or my dad had to participate in and go through. We are still not quite there. We are still fighting and bickering over it. So, we still have a long way to go.”

Whether Tiger intends to produce a movie based on his own father, Earl, he simply commented, ”Let’s see.”

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Man pleads for help after tornado destroyed golf clubs…Callaway come to the rescue

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On Wednesday, a tornado went through Iowa, devastating the town of Greenfield.

Among those impacted by the tornado was Bradley Gebbie, a golf enthusiast who lost his home, which of course included all of his golf clubs.

In an interview, Gebbie lamented the loss of his golf equipment.

“I lost a lot, including my golf clubs, I had like three grand into that.”

“I’d like to shout-out TaylorMade and Titleist and Callaway, I really need a new set. I lost it, and I just love golf.”

On Thursday, Callaway responded to Gebbie’s wishes.

Thankfully, Callaway was able to track down Gebbie’s contact info and sent him some new clubs.

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Delta Airlines issue apology after video of employees mishandling golf bags goes viral

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This week, a video of Delta Airlines employees mishandling the golf bags of the East Tennessee State men’s golf team went viral.

The official team X account posted the video, captioned “Nice of @Delta to handle our clubs with such care…”

The video already has more than 8 million views on X.

In response, Delta issued an apology to the golf team.

“We apologize to the ETSU Golf team and ask for a mulligan on how their equipment was handled. We’re in direct contact with the Bucs to ensure they have what they need to successfully compete in the NCAAs.” Anthony Black, Delta Airlines spokesperson.

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Ben An shares his thoughts on LIV pros not being able to play in the Presidents Cup

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While speaking with GolfWRX, Ben An discussed whether or not he believes LIV players should be allowed to play in the Presidents Cup.

“Well, it would be a great addition to the team, but I feel like we’re missing Cam (Smith), (Joaquin) Niemann and maybe Dean Burmester. He’s been playing great and I saw last week he was playing some good golf.”

An added that the absence of the LIV pros is also a blow to the U.S. side as well, but that the rules are the rules.

“But, you know, it’s just the, just the rules of now, right? You know, it sucks for not having the team, but it’s kind of the same for the U.S. team, right? They’re missing a few players as well.

“We need to have a win in our national team, but it’s up to Mike and the PGA tour to decide. So it’s run by the PGA Tour, not the PGA of America, like the Ryder Cup.”

However, An stated that he doesn’t expect any changes to the rules for the upcoming 2024 Presidents Cup.

“So, you know, as of now, I mean, this year, I don’t see it happening. But hopefully, like I said, we’ll figure something out, we’ll figure this merger, or something out in the next few years and hopefully see them in the team because they, like you said, they’re great players, they will miss out.

“But I think even the teams we have right now, I think it’s pretty good. Playing in Canada will help us this year, you know, we’ll see what happens…We’ll miss them, but hopefully we have a strong enough team to compete against the U.S. team this year.”

Check out the interview in full below.

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