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‘I didn’t have to say a word’ – Brad Faxon reveals the quality Charlie Woods shares with the greats

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Being the son of Tiger Woods is accompanied by great expectations, whether fair or unfair. Charlie Woods was introduced to the golf world in last year’s PNC Championship, where he played with Tiger. The duo is set to make their second consecutive appearance in the event this weekend.

Last year, “Team Woods” strategy was to let Charlie tee off, and Tiger hit the shorter approach shots into the green. With Tiger still recovering from a serious injury, it is likely the pressure to tee off will be placed on Charlie once again, and this time with greater expectations.

With a lot of hype surrounding Charlie, his swing coach Brad Faxon had an interesting story to share regarding the son of Tiger:

“I think a lot of people that have seen my little posts know that I have a nice little workshop in the garage with all different putters, and Charlie he knows who I am. He doesn’t really know much about me, but he knows I’m a good putter.”

After making a few putts, Faxon asked him whether he has seen himself while putting? To which Charlie replied, ‘No’. “So I showed him a face-on picture. And I said, ‘what do you think?’ And he goes. ‘It looks like I move forward. My chest kind of guides through the ball’ and, I go, ‘Yeah, it does a little bit.’”

“How would you change that?’ So in the next putt, he made a stroke and absolutely changed it 100%, and I showed it to him he was, ‘that’s better. I’m just gonna do that.’ I didn’t have to say a word. And it kind of reminds me of what the great players have inside of them is that it’s almost an innate ability to fix what’s going wrong while it’s happening.”

Brad Faxon is an 8 time PGA Tour winner and one of the best putters in the history of the game. The fact that he sees such natural ability in Charlie is an excellent sign for his potential future as a golfer.

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Why Patrick Reed was left unimpressed with his caddie’s comment during the Masters

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Patrick Reed scrapped together another strong Masters performance, finishing in a tie for 13th.

Despite the solid week, the 2018 Masters Champion lost strokes off the tee and did most of his best work on and around the greens. For the week, Reed ranked 3rd in Strokes Gained: Around the Green and 5th in Strokes Gained: Putting.

After a particularly bad drive during his third round on Saturday, Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, who’s also his brother-in-law, made a snide but factual comment to Patrick.

“Your driving has cost us a lot this week,” Karain remarked.

Reed didn’t disagree and told reporters after the round that there was nothing good about his round.

“No, there’s nothing good out of today. I guess the only good thing is I didn’t make a double. That was about it.”

“Yeah, it was a frustrating day.”

A reporter then asked: “It’s a good thing he’s a family member, right?”

To which Reed responded:

“Yeah, exactly. I’d probably be dragging him up that last hole, I swear.Just what you want to hear as you’re looking at the ball in the tree, and he goes, ‘You need to drive it better.’ Thanks, Kessler. I appreciate it. Great words of wisdom. Drive it better.”

This may be the last major for Reed for a while, as the 33-year-old has not been invited nor qualified for next month’s PGA Championship.

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Neal Shipley presser ends in awkward fashion after reporter claims Tiger handed him note on 8th fairway

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Neal Shipley, who had the thrill of playing alongside Tiger Woods on Sunday at The Masters as well being low amateur for the tournament, had an interesting exchange with a reporter during his post-round press conference on Sunday.

The reporter asked, “I saw on 8 fairway he wrote something and handed you a note. What was that about?”

Shipley replied, “He didn’t.”

“I thought he wrote something and handed you a piece of paper?” the reporter replied.

“No, no. That didn’t happen.” The amateur said.

Well then. There you have it. A piece of paper was never exchanged between Tiger Woods and Neil Shipley.

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Brandel Chamblee surprises fans by heaping praise on ‘intellectual earthquake’ Bryson DeChambeau at the Masters

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Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee has been critical of LIV Golf and it’s players, but at last week’s Masters, praised LIV player Bryson DeChambeau.

DeChambeau raced out to the first-round lead with an incredible performance in difficult conditions, and Chamblee took notice.

“When it comes to golf, he’s an intellectual earthquake that transforms itself into this athletic majesty. Every single move, from taking hole to the club to the way his hands fit on the club, to the way his arms are shaped, has purpose. His purpose is to hit it nine miles – but these are laser-guided missiles.”

DeChambeau made some costly mistakes, with one in particular coming on Sunday where the former U.S. Open champion made a double-bogey at the par-5 15th.

Bryson ended up finishing T5 for the week, which was his best ever performance at The Masters.

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