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Tiger Woods reveals 2023 schedule plan and calls for Greg Norman’s exit in blistering Hero presser

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When Tiger speaks, the world of golf listens.

On Tuesday, Woods, who’s hosting his week’s Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas spoke to the media. During the press conference, he touched on numerous topics including his health, LIV Golf and the Official World Golf Rankings.

Speaking of his health and prospects for 2023, Woods said in an effort to ramp up for the season he may have overdone it and caused a Plantar Fascistas issue in his foot that is keeping him out of action in this week’s event.

“It’s a circle with me right now. As I was ramping up and had to walk more, the worse it got. When you get Plantar Fasciitis, the worst thing you can do is walk, and I was walking more and more, trying to get my legs ready for this event. I just kept making it worse. I had to shut it down and unfortunately, I will just be the host of the event and Ranger Rick out here,” said the 15-time major champion.

“It’s going to take probably a month or two of rest. But also, it was the ramping-up process that did it. It’s a balancing act, right? How hard do you push it to make progress, while not pushing it too hard to go off the edge and you set yourself back? That’s been the balancing act the whole year. I did a lot of beach walks trying to simulate the sand out here, and my foot just did not like that very much.”

The 15-time major winner did say he should be all set to compete in both “The Match” and the PNC Championship with his son Charlie because he can use a cart in both of those events. However, as he’s said in the past, Woods remained adamantly against using a cart in any PGA TOUR event going forward.

“On the PGA Tour, I would never use a cart. My teammate (in Stanford) was Casey Martin, and what he did with the ADA (American Disability Act, under which Martin tried to be permitted to use carts), I voted against it. I think walking is an integral part of the game at our level and I will never take a golf cart until it’s sanctioned.”

When looking towards his 2023 schedule, Tiger said he isn’t looking to play much more than the major championships.

“The goal is to play just the major championships and maybe one or two more. That’s it. I mean, that’s all I can do physically.

I don’t have much left in this leg, so gear up for the biggest ones and hopefully, lightning catches in a bottle and I’m up there in contention with a chance to win and I remember how to do that. It’s just giving myself a chance to get out there again.”

Woods, who’s now ranked 1,266th in the world also touched on the OWGR system, which has been a highly debated topic due to both LIV and the miniscule number of points that DP World Tour events have been shelling out in some star-studded, albeit top-heavy fields of late.

“It’s a flawed system. That’s something we all here recognise. The field at Dubai got less points than Sea Island and more of the top players were there in Dubai, so obviously there’s a flawed system.”

“How do you fix it? You know, those are meetings we’re going to have to have. We’re going to have to have it with OWGR committee and as well as the main tours that are involved in it and somehow come up with a better system than the one that is in place now.

“I remember in my career when I had a big lead (at the top), and I didn’t have to play a single tournament the next year and I still would be ranked No1. We changed that system then. It has been changed in the past and I’m sure this will be changed hopefully soon.”

The 46-year-old also spoke about LIV Golf, saying that in addition to all of the lawsuits being resolved, the other necessity is for LIV to get rid of Greg Norman if they ever want to hold legitimate peace discussions with the PGA Tour.

“I think Greg [Norman] has to go, first of all, and then obviously the litigation against us and then our countersuit against them. Those would then have to be at a stay as well, then we can talk, we can all talk freely.

“Right now, as it is, not right now, not with their leadership, not with Greg there and his animosity towards the tour itself. I don’t see that happening,” said Tiger of the possibility of LIV and the PGA Tour coexisting. “But why would you change anything if you’ve got a lawsuit against you? They sued us first.”

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  1. Pingback: Tiger names the swing that he’s told his son to copy, as Charlie’s remarkable swing speed is revealed – GolfWRX

  2. Tyrone

    Dec 2, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    nogs gonna nog

  3. Asleep At The Wheel

    Dec 1, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Where da White Women be

  4. Big Guy

    Dec 1, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Norman needs to go? Norman has done a pretty good job at creating an alternative reality for professional golfers and some like their new model – time to deal with the fact that not everyone likes the PGAT model anymore

    PGAT or their cheer squad do not get to choose who they compete against. Make your product better or people will stop buying it.

    Play the course, not the man.

  5. Pingback: Tiger Woods gives intriguing update on his current level of play despite Hero withdrawal - Fly Pin High

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  7. CrashTestDummy

    Dec 1, 2022 at 12:31 am

    I think Tiger is right about the OWGR’s new system. It is a flawed system that needs to be changed. Players around the world are going to have a much harder time qualifying for the Majors, WGCs, and other high level events.

    However, if he thinks Greg Norman has to go, I think Jay Monahan needs to go. Monahan was more of a road block to the PGA-LIV talks than Norman.

  8. PJ

    Nov 30, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Greg Norman asked several times to meet with the PGA Tour and they said no. So why does Norman have to go? If I was LIV I would never ever even contemplate speaking to the PGA Tour. F’em. LIV is off and rolling and will continue to do so. Meanwhile the PGA mouth breathers will keep complaining.

  9. Gary Ahlert

    Nov 30, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Sadly, I am quickly losing a lot of the respect I had for Tiger. This nonsense with Greg Norman is childish and boring. It also proves that Phil Mickelson was absolutely correct right from the start and the PGA TOUR has proven itself to be as overbearing and as dishonest as many have been saying.

  10. dixiedoc

    Nov 30, 2022 at 10:05 am

    When Tiger speaks the whole world of golf reporters listen. Most of us don’t care what he thinks. He’s not playing enough anymore to matter and his thoughts on Norman seem a little childish but Tiger will always get an audience for anything he wants to discuss even though as Sir Charles said “he’s just a golfer”.

    • William

      Nov 30, 2022 at 10:17 am

      “Most of us” you sure about that? You commented on a story about him so in fact he matters more to you then you want to lead on. And his comments about Norman are spot on. He is the sole reason why the can’t bridge and the Saudis will fire him so the pga and liv can bridge the gap

    • CM

      Dec 1, 2022 at 6:34 am

      No. The only people that listen are jock sniffing sycophants like you.

  11. Jolter

    Nov 30, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Playing 5-6 tournaments for the year probably means that for all common purposes, his PGA Tour career is over. TV ratings for the majors and the select 1-2 tournaments he enters will improve, but the gravy train of money the Tour counts on from his appearance are now over.

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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.”

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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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