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‘He’s doing something historic’ – Tiger lavishes praise on Bryson’s Long Drive success

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It’s hasn’t quite been happening for the current world number 8 Bryson DeChambeau.

Sure, at first look, his undefeated run in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits was at least a chance to get the crowd on his side, but after a poor final round at St. Jude, losing the BMW Championship from the front and finally a poor effort at the closing Tour Championship, the 2020 U.S Open winner needed a friend. And that’s all without his much-publicised spat with Brooks Koepka and the subsequent thrashing at The Match.

In Tiger Woods, Bryson has long found an ally.

Early in the year, Tiger spoke of his admiration for the 28-year-old’s work ethic, commenting that “he can take this game to levels that we would’ve never guessed” whilst earlier this month he endorsed the Bryson philosophy – “Like I told [DeChambeau] personally, what he’s doing is historic.”

And the GOAT hasn’t stopped with his praise.

In a recent interview with Golf Digest, Dan Rapaport asks a rapid-fire 13 questions ranging from what Tiger watched on television during bedrest to what he ate and also whether he had ever seen Patrick Cantlay smile, but his most gushing of praises was directed at the question, ”How crazy is Bryson finishing top-10 in the World Long-drive Contest?”

”People have no idea how good that is,” Tiger started. ”He’s doing something historic….the swing speed and the commitment to it and the adjustment to equipment…it’s unheard of.”

Tiger confirmed he was never tempted to go down the ‘long-drive’ road. ”When I was the longest that I was, I was 20 years old, that’s when I had the most speed.” He continued, ”at that time I was second-longest on the Tour behind John (Daly), and it was about being in the fairway…it wasn’t about bombing away.”

After saying ‘his’ game back then was all about 2-irons off the tee and taking advantage of terrific iron play that ”the game has completely flipped on its head over maybe the last five or six years, and it’s gotten just…big.”

Not much is bigger than a Bryson drive and not many endorsements come bigger or more welcome than from Tiger Woods.

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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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