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How Fred Couples expertly trolled Tiger Woods at the 2009 Presidents Cup

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While doing an interview for the Champions Tour, golf legend Fred Couples told an interesting story about the 2009 Presidents Cup.

According to Couples, who was the captain for the 2009 American team, at the beginning of the week both the United States and International team puts a name of the player on their team who will have to sit out if one of the players on the opposing team is forced out of the match due to injury.

Greg Norman was the captain of the International team at the time, so both Couples and Norman gave the names of their chosen players to the head official Steve Carmen who put them in an envelope.

Couples and the American team went on to win the 2009, Presidents Cup, and Carmen was then tasked with bringing the envelope with the chosen player back to the team locker room after the victory.

Freddy then said to Carmen, “Why don’t you open it up in front of everyone and read the name in there?”

To everyone in the rooms surprise, the name Carmen proceeded to read was none other than Tiger Woods.

According to Couples, the room went completely silent, and everyone thought he was “[Couples] was such a clown that [Couples] put Tiger Woods’ name down as the guy who wouldn’t play on Sunday in case of an injury”.

For two years, Couples let everyone believe that he intentionally chose Tiger Woods to not play. The reality is, after the victory, Couples swapped out a different players name and replaced it with Woods’.

For weeks after the event, Tiger would text Couples saying “Dude, you got the biggest balls of anyone I’ve ever seen”.

Couples said that for two years “he took a lot of heck” for allowing everyone to think he was crazy enough to pick the greatest golfer of all time to sit out a Sunday match to potentially decide the winner of the Presidents Cup.

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  1. Mike

    Sep 16, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Only Freddie could have done that without Tiger icing him for eternity!

  2. Greg McNeill

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:19 am

    I’ve said many times that in my next life, I want to be Freddie Couples.

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Cam Smith enjoys meme poking fun at Rory McIlroy at latest LIV event

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The LIV Golf Series continues this week in Chicago, where the Champion Golfer of the Year Cam Smith will make his second start.

The Australian’s move to LIV has been one of the biggest stories of 2022, with Smith reportedly signing a deal worth north of $100 million with the breakaway tour.

Ahead of this week’s event in Chicago, Smith was shown a meme by the DrunkByTheTurn team, with the Aussie seemingly entertained, laughing at its content alongside fellow pro Pat Perez.

As revealed by the DrunkByTheTurn Twitter account, the meme in question was poking fun at LIV’s biggest critic Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy has continuously criticized both the LIV Golf Series and its defectors, just this week saying that he believes no LIV player should be a part of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

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Report: Major TV network the leading contender to strike deal for LIV Golf media rights

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The latest LIV Golf event gets underway in Chicago this week, with those looking to tune in once again having to fire up YouTube to watch the 48 professionals do battle.

LIV has yet to strike a media deal that would allow a network or streaming service to broadcast their events, and while rumors surrounding a deal with Apple were circulating, Barstool’s Dan Rapaport reported this week that they deemed LIV to be “too toxic.”

According to a report from Front Office Sports, Fox Sports is now the leading contender to acquire LIV’s U.S. media rights.

While not going into specifics on whether a deal was close to being struck with Fox, Will Staeger, LIV’s chief media officer, told FOS that they are currently in discussions with “virtually every major media company.”

“We want exposure. We want broad viewership. We want to be on a platform where viewers are accustomed to watching sports.” he added. “Golf needs it, actually. Quite honestly, listening to golf on TV gets rather boring. Because everybody says the same thing every time about everybody.”

Interestingly, Fox Sports fired Greg Norman from his announcing role back in 2016, just a year after being in the job, with the Aussie telling FOS last year that he felt that he got “rolled under the bus.”

Earlier this week, Norman revealed to Kap & J. Hood on ESPN 1000 that they were in discussion with four different networks, and it appears that Fox lead the race to land a deal that should be a game-changer for LIV.

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Bryson DeChambeau thanks Tiger for creating LIV Golf

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Bryson DeChambeau was one of the biggest names to jump ship in golf’s civil war, with the 29-year-old reportedly earning over $100 million to sign with LIV Golf.

The Golf Scientist will tee it up in Chicago this week for the latest LIV Golf Series event, and ahead of the 54-hole tournament, Bryson opened up on his decision to leave the PGA Tour.

“This is the biggest decision besides choosing my agent that I’ve ever made in my entire life, and I couldn’t be happier to be over here.

“I have no buyer’s remorse. I have ultimate respect for the PGA Tour and what they’ve done for my career, as I’ve said from day one, and they’ve allowed me this opportunity.”

Then, Bryson revealed that he must thank Tiger for creating the opportunity.

“I have to look back and thank Tiger for this opportunity because he’s the one that’s ultimately created this.”

Bryson didn’t go into specifics on the latter comment, however, it echoes the sentiment he shared two months ago when the Californian told media: “I have high regard for Tiger; look, this wouldn’t be existing if it weren’t for Tiger. So I have the utmost respect for what he did for the game of golf, what he did for the PGA Tour that allowed us to have this opportunity.’’

Back in July, DeChambeau also revealed that a once close relationship with Tiger had now gone cold since the PGA Tour/LIV Golf divide.

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

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