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This gambling story involving Tiger, Butch and Steve Williams is one of the wildest we’ve heard

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Kapalua’s Plantation course is known for being quite hilly, and that is an understatement. Golfers know that when they go to play an event hosted at Kapalua, they are in store for the toughest walk on the PGA Tour.

Over the weekend, John Wood told a story on Golf Channel’s coverage about Tiger Woods playing the course a few years back with his swing coach, Butch Harmon:

“We talked a lot about how hilly this course is, and back in the day, Tiger and his caddie, Steve Williams had a little bet,” Wood said. “Steve said he could run the back nine touching every tee box and every green in less than a half-hour. So he bet Tiger, and he bet Butch.”

If we know anything about Tiger Woods, it’s that his competitive nature burns deep, but we also know that Steve Williams keeps himself in excellent shape.

“And I emailed Steve the other day just to get the idea what he actually did it in. He said he touched every tee box and every green and did it in 28 minutes.”

“I can’t drive a cart around that fast,” he said on the broadcast.

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  1. John

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:20 am

    If you think that’s ‘wild’ you need to get out more. Just another lame story to justify mentioning Tiger.

  2. Patrick Reedier

    Jan 12, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Man this site is getting super hard up for things to ‘write’ about while offering up little.

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How a trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods changed the fortunes of a pro at the PGA Championship

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Over the weekend, Dicks’s Sporting Goods was able to help out a pro-golfer in need during the PGA Championship.

In his start at the second major of the season, Lanto Griffin was having alignment issues with his putter at Southern Hills. The 33-year-old noticed his putter grip was off by a few degrees.

After a Day 1 score of +2, he took his putter to the local Dick’s Sporting Goods store and got it re-gripped, where they were able to correct the issue and had Griffin ready for Day 2.

The next day, Griffin posted a much better round of -1, making the cut. He saw his strokes gained putting leap from -0.888 to over 4.5 in round two. He even ended up finishing in the Top 10 for strokes gained for putting for the tournament.

Whether you’re competing in a major tournament or are prepping for a weekend round with friends, you never know when a Dick’s Sporting Goods could come in handy!

 

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Justin Thomas fires brutal shot at Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher after PGA win

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Shortly after his PGA Championship victory, Justin Thomas took a shot at Jimbo Fisher.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide golfer is clearly well aware of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s recent war of words.

Nick Saban has a rule that he doesn’t celebrate a victory after 24 hours pass after the win. Thomas alluded to that rule while taking a shot at Fisher in the process.

Speaking on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Thomas responded to the question alluding to a 24 hour rule with this savage putdown:

“I got a 24 hour rule. I’m not sure what Jimbo Fisher’s rule is but I guess he’s gotta win something first before he figures out his rule.”

Savage.

Last Wednesday, Saban accused Fisher of paying players to get the number one recruiting class in the country. Fisher responded by calling Saban a “narcissist” and alluded to the fact that Saban may have broken NCAA rules in the past. This past season, Fisher became the first former assistant of Saban to beat him in a game.

Fisher’s comments about Saban were harsh. “Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “Go dig into how God did his deal. You may find out about a guy, a lot of things you don’t want to know. We build him up to be the czar of football. Go dig into his past.”

Saban later apologized for singling Fisher and the Aggies out, saying “I should have never singled anybody out.” Saban said on ESPNU radio’s Off-Campus. “That was a mistake and I apologize for that part of it.”

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Gambler’s heartbreaking loss at PGA Championship will make you feel sick

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Winning a golf tournament is hard. Winning a major is very hard. Backing golfers to win majors can sometimes be a nightmare!

After the third round of last week’s PGA Championship, Mito Pereira stood on the 72nd tee with a small but significant advantage. He had been fighting all day to keep hold of a three shot overnight lead and, courtesy of two birdies against four bogeys, stood on the final par-4 with a single shot margin and one hand on the Wanamaker trophy.

And then the bad stuff started.

As we all now know, the promising Chilean hit his drive into the creek and took a penalty stroke before flying his ball to the left hand rough. The horror continued as it took three more to record a ‘6’ and a place one shot off a two-man play-off.

Pereira looked distraught and the golf world felt for him, but it may also have felt an element of sympathy for one of Pereira’s backers, sports bettor Rufus Peabody.

Peabody, who oversees data at Unabated, a stat-based sports information company, tweeted a copy of his bet on the former Korn Ferry Tour star – $500 to win $150k. The caption? “Well, that hurt.”

 

Having made the wager on Friday, Peabody joined the hoards of golf viewers to witness the 27-year-old go from seventh after the first round to second at halfway, before a third round 69 gave him a healthy overnight lead.

Of course, Pereira was surrounded by the likes of Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rory McIlroy and Cameron Young, so the pressure was on, but all looked calm before that wayward last tee shot and the subsequent double-bogey.

Of course, backers were not playing for the trophy or the status, nor were they playing for what would have been a historic first win on the PGA Tour, but even as a professional sports gambler, it surely hit Peabody hard?

Not a bit.

The large-staking sports investor came back on to tweet calmly:

It may take a while for Pereira to get over those half-a-dozen shots, but Peabody was back at work on Monday, explaining:

Rufus will be back this week with updated wagers, and Mito will be back on the course soon enough.

What is gone is gone. Reset.

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