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Leading analyst believes Tiger could retire at 2022 Open Championship

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In 2015, Tiger Woods made it clear just how much he loves the Old Course at St. Andrews, revealing he wants to play the course backwards in his lifetime.

”It’s brilliant–how you can play it so many different ways.” said Tiger “I’ve always wanted to play it one time–before I die I want to play it one time backwards.

”I want to play from 1 to 17, 2 to 16, so forth and so on. I’d love to be able to play it that way just one time. That would be just a blast because I can see how certain bunkers–why would they put that there? ”

There has been lots of water under the Swilken Bridge since then but at a recent press conference during the Hero Championship, hosted by Tiger, the 15-time Major winner confirmed he ”would love to be able to play that Open Championship (150th anniversary), there’s no doubt. Physically, hopefully I can,” he said.

”The tournament’s not going to go anywhere, but I need to get there.”

Indeed, Sky Sports golf coach and analyst Simon Holmes, who has worked with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros,  believes that Woods could even confirm his retirement at the ‘Home of Golf’ in 2022.

Responding to fellow presenter Rob Lee’s thinking that Woods could win a tournament in 2022 – which would make him the winningest golfer in PGA Tour history at 83 wins – Holmes believes Woods may bow out in similar fashion to legends before him, including Jack Nicklaus, the very man that stands in his way for the most Majors won, at 18.

During the final round of the Tournament of Champions on Sky, Holmes replied, “I really hope it doesn’t happen, but it’s something I think that could happen.”

“Jack and Arnie did the same thing on the Swilken Bridge when they played in their last major,” Holmes continued, ”and I could just see Tiger thinking it would be a nice way to go out.”

July 17th sees the Claret Jug being awarded for the 150th running of The Open. It may be memorable for much more besides.

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  1. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 22, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Because whenever Tiger decides to retire will break my heart and destroy my life….Oh brother!

  2. Tyler Durden

    Jan 13, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Once again Americans showing what ignorant snowflakes they are.

  3. Prime21

    Jan 12, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    I just wonder where he is considered a LEADING ANALYST ? That & why this was put up as an article for people to read.

  4. JJ

    Jan 12, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Why would a guy who can play Augusta so well hang it up when he can play a few tournaments a year and likely compete for a number of years on greens he is so good on?

  5. Greg McNeill

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Man, what passes for a “story” these days…

    • Jerome

      Jan 16, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      GolfWRX doesn’t write stories. They just publish things they find online from their cubicles.

  6. Aztec

    Jan 11, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Simon Holmes said this??!! Wow…who’s Simon Holmes?

  7. MRduck

    Jan 11, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I’m think I’m going 2 cry ?

  8. PH

    Jan 11, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Kindly leave

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The rumored real reason why Phil Mickelson withdrew from the PGA Championship

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Nobody apart from themselves really knew if Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods would take their places in Southern Hills next week.

Whilst speculation was rife, neither player had made any firm commitment to the championship and Mickelson’s management team had always stated that, “Phil currently has no concrete plans on when and where he will play. Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision made, but rather to keep all options open.”

The latest reports are that while Tiger will be teeing it up and is currently practicing on the course, but we now know that Mickelson will not be defending his PGA Championship this year at Oklahoma, the news broken by the PGA of America on social media on Saturday:

The news was a body-blow not only to the player himself, but to golf fans and the tournament, an event that saw the 51-year-old become the oldest ever major winner when victorious at Kiawah Island.

Of course, most thinking was that the withdrawal of Mickelson was linked to the initial LIV Golf event in London on June 9th.

However, despite applying for the requisite request for a release from the PGA Tour to play at the Centurion Club, neither the player nor chairman of the series, Greg Norman, have confirmed that Mickelson will end his (self-imposed?) exile in two weeks time.

Indeed, over the weekend, Matt Ginella of the Fire Pit Collective reported on the ‘San Diego rumor mill’, suggesting that Mickelson was not playing well at all in local events.

It’s a theme that appears to be backed up by 6-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo, who also suggested that the 51-year-old wouldn’t have had time to get his game in order with all the noise that’s been going on around him.

Either way, the 2022 PGA Championship goes ahead without its defending champion in sight.

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Tour pro becomes first player to be disqualified for violating updated rule

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In 2019, Alex Cejka was disqualified mid-way through the Honda Classic for an infringement of the green-reading book, and three years later it has happened again.

At PGA National, the 51-year-old German was guilty of using a greens guide that did not fit the “size to scale” of the new regulation books and, having again amended the rules, the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee had no option but to disqualify the defending champion from the Regions Tradition after the third round on Saturday.

At the start of the year, the ruling authorities agreed to limit the advice and detail in green-reading material, stating that it wanted the game to “return to a position where players and caddies use only their skill, judgment and feel along with any information gained through experience, preparation and practice to read the line of play on the putting green.”

Winner of two majors in 2021, the committee found Cejka guilty of using “a yardage book that had not been approved for the competition by the PGA Tour Champions Rules Committee.”

Cejka’s career record suggests that this latest transgression is the eighth time that he has been sent home early from a professional tournament. He would probably not have challenged here after a third-round 66, with Steve Stricker, his victim at last year’s play-off, going back-to-back for yet another title.

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‘Go **** yourself Shark’ – Major champ’s scathing attack on Greg Norman

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It’s been a rough week for Greg Norman, and it hasn’t got much better over the weekend.

Winner of the 1990 PGA Championship, Wayne Grady has ripped into compatriot Greg Norman on social media, saying, “Greg is only about Greg.”

Norman, two-time winner of The Open Championship, has been headlining in the golf media for many months, his leadership of the Saudi Golf League, now the LIV Golf International Series, becoming further embroiled in rows between players and their respective authorities.

During interviews to further highlight the cause of the series, set to open at the Centurion Club in London on June 9th, Norman appeared to excuse the human rights record of Saudi Arabia, saying, “we all make mistakes.”

The comments appalled many, whilst Amnesty International called his comments “wrong and seriously misguided.”

However, Grady, co-runner-up with Norman when play-off losers behind Mark Calcavecchia at Royal Troon in 1989, did not hold back in such a diplomatic manner.

In the message posted on Facebook Grady makes two comments. The first is that Norman should stop saying ‘the PGA’ as opposed to ‘the PGA Tour’, the second that the Chairman of the LIV organisation has been “trying to take down the (PGA) tour for 30 years.”

Grady lets it all fly as he informs readers that, “the admiration I had for him (Norman) for what he has achieved and what he did for Australian golf is gone.”

He continues the rant, “For him to try and trivialize what the greats before him did to grow and create what the PGA Tour is today is an absolute disgrace.”

In conclusion, the 64-year-old two-time winner of the Australian PGA Championship, tells Norman that, “I went to Jack Newton’s memorial service yesterday and was surrounded by true professional golfers who believe in ,loyalty and history. GFY Shark.”

In a week that should see the joyful start of the second major, the PGA Championship, the impending release of Alan Shipnuck’s unofficial autobiography of Phil Mickelson, as well as speculation as to who has signed to play the first LIV event, looks like taking some of the limelight away from a tremendous looking field at Southern Hills.

That, for many, is unfortunate.

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