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Why Steve Williams hung up on Tiger Woods during their first phone call

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A couple of days ago, we covered just a snippet of the ‘Chasing Majors‘ podcast, a series of chats with Steve Williams, former caddie to Tiger Woods.

In that piece, we discovered the moment that player and looper began to trust each other – over a putt at the 1999 PGA Championship.

As Australian journalist Evin Priest chats to the 58-year-old, winner of 13 Majors for his old boss, Williams reveals the thought processes and partnership, highs and lows of the team, all from the mouth of a previously somewhat secretive man.

However, the initial question surely has to be, ‘How did it all start?’

February 1999. Williams arrives at Doral to caddie for Raymond Floyd, and whilst in the air on a plane flying from New Zealand, news breaks that Tiger had split from caddie ‘Fluff’ Cowan.

The golf world knew that Tiger was now on the search for a new bag-man.

Williams explains. ”The phone rings, and it’s pretty late, half-past nine. The gentleman on the other end of the phone says, ‘It’s Tiger Woods here,’ And I had a mate who could take Tiger’s voice off to a tee, and I thought it was him, so I put the phone down.”

But the phone rang again.

”I said, ‘Look, Bob, I’m tired. Give me a ring tomorrow. I’ve just flown in from New Zealand,’ and I put the phone down again.”

”It rang back again, and I thought, ‘Maybe it’s not Bob,’ and actually it was Tiger. We got off to a pretty good start there. He thought that was pretty good.”

The remaining episodes of what Priest calls ‘a lockdown passion project’ follow soon, at all the usual podcast sites.

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Bryson’s current situation with Cobra revealed as he uses TaylorMade driver at Saudi International

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At this week’s Saudi International, Bryson DeChambeau surprised golf fans by putting TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus 2 driver in the bag. Bryson has been a long time staffer at Cobra Golf and it was a shock to see the 28-year-old with a driver from a different OEM to begin his season.

 

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Per Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports, a Cobra rep has confirmed that Bryson is simply out of contract with the brand, but that the two parties are currently in discussion about this year and the future.

In our forums, our members have been discussing the changeup from DeChambeau, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FifeRiviera: “Honestly Cobra woods are the single most underrated pieces of equipment on the market.”
  • Lacey Underall: “Just my guess – everyone on LIV will be an equipment free agent soon.”
  • KimmerBH: “Never been a fan of Bryson but I do miss seeing him play every week along with some others that went to LIV. He was definitely entertaining to watch, I’ll give him that.”

Entire Thread: “Bryson using Taylormade Stealth Plus 2 driver at Saudi International; Current situation with Cobra”

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‘Sums up my life in the golf industry’ – Paige Spiranac on polarizing Phil Mickelson tweet

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After a long break from Twitter, Phil Mickelson was extremely active on Twitter yesterday. His resurgence resulted in the golf world reacting for most of the day.

Paige Spiranac used one of Phil’s tweets to “sum up” what it was like to be a female in the golf industry.

The tweet seemed to be a joke, and to be clear the tweet Phil shared wasn’t directed towards Spiranac, yet some Lefty detractors weighed in calling the tweet “misogynistic.”

The full context of the tweet is here:

We can be sure that as long as Mickelson is this active on Twitter, the app will be buzzing with golf personalities and their reactions.

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‘The hypocrisy is astounding’ – Phil Mickelson takes aim at RBC for missing logo at Saudi International

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This morning, Cameron Young played the first round of this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

As noticed by Twitter user “EPatGolf”, the 25-year-old PGA Tour player was missing the RBC logo that is typically on his sleeve.

Patterson speculated that the reason for the missing logo was RBC’s reluctance to be associated with golf being played in Saudi Arabia.

Never a stranger to controversy, Phil Mickelson weighed in on the topic, accusing RBC of hypocrisy.

Mickelson has been extremely active on Twitter lately and replied to a Danny Woodhead tweet just a short while ago about a potential LIV vs PGA Tour match with Tiger Woods and Phil as captains, even managing a little dig at his long-time foe.

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