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Tiger used Earl’s ‘disruptive tactics’ on Charlie at 2021 PNC

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Tiger Woods’ approach to teaching his son the game of golf may not be all that different from how Tiger’s father taught him.

The way Earl Woods raised Tiger and taught him the game was scrutinized over the course of his life. Earl was incredibly tough on Tiger and held him to a ridiculously high standard at a young age. Tiger was swinging the club at two years old and made highly publicized television appearances in the same year, and was winning golf tournaments by the time he was six years old.

While Earl was certainly tough on his son, it’s impossible to argue that his parenting style wasn’t effective in creating the best possible product on the golf course.

Of course Tiger had the natural talent, but without his father’s early training, it’s unlikely that he would become the most dominant golfer to ever pick up a club. No one has recognized that more than Tiger himself over the years:

“I mean, yeah,” A 19-year-old Tiger told Sports Illustrated about his father’s torment. “I’d get angry sometimes. But I knew it was for the betterment of me. That’s what learning is all about, right?”

Last week, while preparing for the PNC Championship, we saw a similar dynamic between Tiger Woods and his son Charlie.

While the 12-year-old Charlie was on the practice green, Tiger walked over and tossed a golf ball right into his son’s line of vision. Charlie was unperturbed by the distraction, proving that this probably isn’t the first time that Tiger has done this with his son.

This isn’t the only clue that we have that Tiger’s relationship with Charlie is similar to the one he had with Earl. In November, Tiger had an interview with Golf Digest‘s Henni Koyack and highlighted that he got frustrated with Charlie’s occasional competitive immaturity:

“I’d watch him play and he’s going along great, he has one bad hole, he loses his temper, his temper carries him over to another shot and another shot and it compounds itself,” Tiger said at the time. “I said, ‘Son, I don’t care how mad you get. Your head could blow off for all I care just as long as you’re 100 percent committed to the next shot. That’s all that matters. That next shot should be the most important shot in your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand that concept, then I think you’ll get better.’ And as the rounds went on throughout the summer, he’s gotten so much better.”

If Charlie can take coaching like Tiger did, there is reason to believe Charlie may be on a solid trajectory in terms of his future golf career.

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  13. Marky Mark

    Dec 30, 2021 at 9:46 am

    He was definitely banging chicks like his father was… Ow ow!

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  15. Don

    Dec 20, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Does this mean Tiger is going to ignore his other kids, like Earl did?

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Premier Golf League says McIlroy claim is ‘bullsh*t’ in fiery email to PGA Tour pros

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The LIV Golf series may currently be grabbing all the headlines, but the Premier Golf League has just made its own mark on the golf world.

The PGL has always proposed a format involving 12 four-man teams, with various bonuses, play-offs and a working relationship with the PGA Tour.

They also claim that the LIV series can generate over $10bn of equity value, and that the PGL can do the same, with the premise that players can claim $2m upfront and make a further $20m by owning a 50 percent stake in the league. The alternative, according to the PGL, is to watch the LIV Golf Invitational Series generate that sort of value while the PGA Tour and DP World Tour suffer in comparison.

However, current world number seven, Rory McIlroy, is reported by PGL to have messaged the organisers, the World Golf Group, suggesting their claims of such sums are unattainable.

“We had Allen and Company present to the board in Orlando about the PGL proposal.” writes McIlroy, the chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council. “They don’t think $10bn by 2030 is feasible at all. They said you’d need to create 20 Ryder Cups a year from now until then to get to that number.”

In the letter, sent to PGA Tour members, PGL claim that McIlroy’s response is, “technically known as ‘bullshit.” It then states that Allen & Co, an investment bank, has never spoken to the group nor had access to the information it would need to produce an accurate valuation. To counter the claims, the group suggests hiring independent experts to produce an independent valuation, and asks members to contact the PAC to force it to do so.

The letter also casts doubt on the suggestion of working with the PGA Tour, and not organising events in direct opposition to any legacy or ‘major’ events.

Taking a swipe at PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, it advises, “You should not fear the wrath of Jay Monahan. He is not on the Policy Board and works for you.”

Monahan, of course, has vociferously opposed the Saudi-backed league, hinting he may allow requests for leave from the PGA Tour, but almost certainly with some penalty should players opt for more events on the rota.

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Tour pro withdraws after embarrassing moment on the greens

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Golf can be a frustrating game, even for professionals.

There were four players who Monday qualified for the Wells Fargo Championship, which is taking place at TPC Potomac this week. Ryan McCormick was not one of them.

The PGA Tour’s Twitter account posted this video of McCormick struggling to get the ball in the hole during his qualifier on Monday, where after several lip outs he failed to scoop his ball up before tossing it away.

The 30-year-old was seemingly unable to bounce back from this catastrophic hole and was officially listed as a withdrawal after 14 holes of even-par golf.

The St. John’s product still has some golf to play this week, as he will head to College Grove, Tennessee, to play in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation. McCormick currently sits 23rd in points on the Tour.

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The estimated tax Tiger Woods pays per day revealed

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Athletes’ wages comprise much more than just performance pay.

The revenue brought in via advertising, promotions, television rights all count to their income as much as pure talent and numbers, and with US Tax Day just behind us, bookies.com ran the data to find out just how much tax these superstars pay.

Taking 30 of the very highest-paid athletes, the moguls ran their income through the various tax laws in each of their home states to reveal the real winners and losers.

Of the highest taxed stars, the site reveals that 26 of the top-30 are NBA and NFL stars. Topping the list of most taxed according to the pure figures is LA Lakers’ LeBron James.

Forbes reports the 16-time All-Star pick to have earned $96.5 million last year, lending itself to a tax bill of $58.98 million, or just under $140k a day, his numbers exacerbated by his home state, California, the region with the highest income tax rate in the States.

Runner-up, Dak Prescott actually earns more, $107.5 million to be precise, but because he lives in Texas, a place with no additional state duty, he gets away with paying around $42 million, some $16 million less than the NBA star.

Basketball dominates the rest of the top-five with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way.

Once again, because of California’s tax rate, both Curry and Westbrook pay over half their salary in tax, combining to pay around $194k per day in revenue. KD, being in New York, gets away lightly with a circa $35 million bill on his $75 million earnings.

So where does golf fit in?

According to bookies.com, sitting just behind the top eight in the chart is Tiger Woods, the man that still moves the needle despite having played once in 18 months.

The 15-time major champion is estimated to have earned around $60 million last year, leading to a tax bill of around $65k per day, or $23.5 million per year.

Tiger’s great rival, Phil Mickelson, is the only other golfer in the top-20 of taxpayers, the man in a self-imposed exile paying $21.6 million in tax over the last twelve months.

Ok, so flip the figures.

The website then listed the top-20 players in order of their earnings after tax, demonstrating how much place of residency can affect net pay.

As suggested above, Prescott now leads the chart with an annual income of $65 million after-tax, with LeBron dropping to third behind Tom Brady, both taking home around $45 million.

Westbrook seems the most affected, another losing over half his income and netting under $28 million, but Tiger goes in the opposite direction, charting in fifth place and keeping over $36 million of his original 60.

Tiger may have a wry smile when seeing Phil’s name disappear off this chart but in comes Dustin Johnson as only the second golfer on this particular list – the number 11 earning $44.5 million and keeping just over $27 million of that.

Eye-watering amounts, for sure.

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