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‘Tiger was paying attention…even if the world wasn’t’ – Chamblee hits back at former major champ’s Woods ball claim

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Last week, a social media discussion erupted after a rather controversial take on Tiger Woods from Graeme McDowell.

McDowell seemed to slightly discredit Woods’ dominance in the summer of 2000. In the tweet, the 2010 U.S. Open champion claimed that Tiger had an unprecedented equipment advantage that summer thanks to Nike’s Tour Accuracy golf ball.

“It wasn’t unprecedented at all. Nick Price enjoyed that same advantage being an early adopter of the solid core ball and it took him to the number one in the world by increasing his distance, and in 1998 Mark O’Meara won two majors with a solid core ball and POY. Tiger was paying attention in 1998, even if the world wasn’t.”

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  1. Pingback: ‘An acknowledgement that you’ve had a successful career’ – Tiger on his Hall of Fame induction – GolfWRX

  2. JackDash

    Mar 4, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Wish tiger had had to play against the real goat, back in the day

    Woods has benefitted greatly from the days of his competition being millionaire golfers being able to slough off cuz they could

  3. Jimmy

    Mar 3, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Shut up sycophantic Chamblee! nothing Graham said is controversial, why do you feel the need to prostrate yourself that tiger we all know what Graham meant we don’t need your child like interpretations

  4. Jake

    Mar 3, 2022 at 10:22 am

    I recall Phil saying at one point Woods’s sticks were inferior. Is that right? Also, didn’t Tiger use a shorter, smaller head driver a lot longer than others?

    • Andrew Kevin Chang

      Mar 3, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      That was in 2003, and Tiger was still using a 43.5″ driver with a DG X100, when most pros at the time were already switching to graphite, and his driver was about 300cc when guys were starting to adopt 400cc+ heads as the norm

    • benseattle

      Mar 4, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      I think you answered your own question. I don’t believe that Mickelson was saying that Nike was making junk; rather, he was pointing out that Woods was winning using a smaller head driver equipped with a steel shaft while the rest of the golfing world had moved to larger, springier, more forgiving drivers with graphite engine. Does anybody really think that noted equipment savant Tiger Woods would actually say, “This Nike stuff is crap but they’re paying me so I guess I’ll play it anyway?” Me neither.

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  7. Mark Scott

    Mar 3, 2022 at 6:58 am

    “In the bag”—I know it’s a term of art in golf, but the ball Tiger had “in the bag” in 2000 didn’t do anything for him: it was in the bag.

  8. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Mar 2, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    You can always count on Chamblee to bring the kids back to reality, lol…

  9. John

    Mar 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

    EV Extra Spin! Loved that ball

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Charlie Woods gives first interview after firing 68 at Notah Begay qualifying event

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Over the weekend, Charlie Woods participated in the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

With his dad on his bag, Charlie did not disappoint.

Charlie finished tied for fourth in the Boys 12-13 division thanks to a career low four-under 68.

After his round, Charlie gave an interview and in the process gave a lot of credit to the fifteen-time major champion helping him out throughout the event.

“Dad told me to stay patient. I just played steady golf,” Charlie said.

I’m sure we will hear a lot more of the name “Charlie Woods” in the coming years.

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‘He didn’t look right’ – Tiger’s mobility issues reportedly continue as he caddies for son Charlie

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Over the weekend, 13-year-old Charlie Woods played in a junior golf tournament and shot a career low 68 on his way to a second-place finish.

As great as the performance was for Charlie, a big part of the story was who he had on his bag. That’s right, his dad.

Tiger Woods caddied for Charlie during the event, and according to those in attendance, he “didn’t look right.”

According to @TWLegion on Twitter, the man who took a picture of Tiger Woods said he was in a cart all day and didn’t look completely healthy.

This adds further speculation to the health concerns of Tiger Woods. Many speculated that his lack of presence at the Presidents Cup was odd, considering he could have used a cart like the other captains of the American team. He was on the phone with Davis Love III during the match, but it was reported that he wasn’t in attendance due to “physical limitations.”

The last time we saw Tiger on the golf course — a missed cut at The Open in July — he didn’t look like he was ready to play professional golf competitively. Although his caddie Joe LaCava has speculated that we could see Woods tee it up a few times prior to the Masters in 2023, the recent developments don’t seem promising.

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‘I was pretty p****d off’ – Justin Thomas on Si-Woo Kim’s shush celebration during feisty Sunday clash

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With the Internationals down four points heading into Sunday singles in the Presidents Cup, The United States threw out their de-facto leader Justin Thomas in the first match of the day. In a match where it was crucial to set the tone, International Team captain Trevor Immelmann surprisingly chose Si Woo Kim to counter Thomas.

The South Korean did not disappoint, and although the United States went on to win pretty comfortably, Kim did his job in defeating Thomas by 1-up.

Tensions ran high throughout the day, with Thomas seemingly upset over Kim’s unwillingness to concede a few short putts early in the match.

It was a bit surprising to see Thomas take exception with Kim’s insistence that he finish out some short putts, considering that the Internationals needed to make up quite a large deficit. Additionally, Thomas had been a stickler all week about giving his opponents anything that bordered on “a gimme”.

After a big par putt on the 15th, a clearly emotional “JT” gave a big fist pump in celebration. Usually quite reserved, Si Woo Kim took notice and quieted the crowd after a big par save to match Thomas.

Once again, Thomas took exception to Si Woo, admitting after the match that he was “p***** off “at Kim’s theatrics.

“Honestly, at the time, I was pretty p***** off,” said Thomas afterwards. “I think when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side of it, it’s something that gets you motivated, gets you pumped up a little bit.”

When asked about his reaction to the made putt, Kim said he saw Patrick Reed do the celebration at the 2014 Ryder Cup and wanted to do something to match Thomas’ energy.

“I saw that Patrick [Reed] did it before, and yeah, JT give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it. Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”

After all was said and done, Thomas admitted that Kim had the right to celebrate his victory.

“He hit the shots and made the putts better than I did the last three holes or, really, the last nine holes when he needed to,” said Thomas. “So, I can say whatever I want about it, but he beat me. So he has the upper hand on me. But we won the Cup so that’s all that matters.”

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