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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.

  5. Pingback: ‘Next time have the courage to tag me’ – Tour pro responds to journalist amid Bay Hill range controversy – GolfWRX

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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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Pro travels half way across world for qualifier and is disqualified after one hole

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Rules are rules.

In ordinary life, there are principles we must stick by. We may not agree with all but rules, or laws, are there, and it’s helpful to know them.

That’s also true in sports. And golf, in particular, loves a rule.

Over the years, golf has witnessed hundreds of infringements and penalties from the logical to the bizarre, and recent times has seen both.

Five months ago, Alex Cejka was disqualified for the second time for infringing a rule on green-reading, whilst in June, Hideki Matsuyama was dq’d for playing with a non-conforming club.

Over on the DP World Tour earlier this month, we reported on the expulsion of Aaron Cockerill from the Made In Himmerland tournament, after hitting his second ace in seven days, following that with a snowman, and forgetting to sign his card!

Golfers can, of course, use the stranger rules to their advantage.

Surely the most bizarre might be the regulation that allowed Thomas Pieters to gain a mulligan after ‘mis-hitting’ a putt at the Open de France, later to be re-interpreted, although, of course, too late.

‘Know your rules’ would be a simple maxim for all players and caddies, so it’s tough to feel too sorry for Blake Abercrombie, despite him losing circa $5000 because of an unavoidable error.

The mini-tour and Canadian Tour player entered the latest stage of the DP World Q-School at a cost of $2000 entry, plus his cost of flying from the US to Denmark – and ended up going home much earlier than planned.

Ryan French (@acaseofgthegolf1) used his infamous Twitter account to inform us all:

Replies asked whether the punishment fitted the crime, whether the rules consider the pressure these players are under, and why it isn’t simply a two-shot penalty like many other consequences.

To silence all, fellow entrant Nico Paez explained it to us all in his brief response :

We may not agree with all but rules, or laws, are there, and it’s helpful to know them.

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Report: Major sponsor becomes first to urge PGA Tour to hold peace talks with LIV

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According to The Telegraph, a major investor is urging both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour to have “peace talks” with LIV Golf.

Johann Rupert, who is the chairman of Richemont, a Swiss luxury-goods maker, has invested over $100 million into the sport of golf.

South Africa’s richest man issued a statement to tournament spokespeople at St. Andrews for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“This is the Home of Golf and we are all here to celebrate golf,” the spokesperson said from St. Andrews. “There needs to be a cessation of hostilities which are threatening the future of the game we all love. People need to talk to each other to find a solution.”

There doesn’t seem to be any type of negotiation imminent between the rival tours. According to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, Jay Monahan hasn’t returned any of his phone calls since the inception of LIV Golf. Commissioner of the DP World Tour Keith Pelley has also expressed he doesn’t have much desire to work with Norman.

Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein got a sponsors invite from Rupert. Although Reed withdrew with a back injury, many believe that Rupert was sending a message with how he used his sponsors invite.

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Report: LIV Golf closing in on deal to PURCHASE airtime with major network

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According to Golfweek, LIV Golf are closing in on a deal that will see the breakaway tour televised on Fox Sports 1.

The report indicates that LIV Golf will be paying Fox to air their product, which is unusual of television deals. Typically, the media company will pay a rights fee to the sports league to air the tournament.

Golfweek speculates that this move “will be widely interpreted as a failure to attract serious commercial interest in what it is offering.”

LIV Golf CEO had reportedly been shopping his product around to multiple media companies just as recently as a few weeks ago.

“We’re talking to four different networks, and live conversations where offers are being put on the table,” Norman told ESPN. “They can see what we’re delivering.”

LIV was still angling to receive a rights fee in the second year of the deal, but Fox reportedly declined to accept their proposal. Fox will be willing to renegotiate a rights fee at a later date.

The final two LIV events of the season, including a match play event at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida are planned to be shown on Fox once the deal is completed.

The arrangement is not yet finalized.

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