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An inside look at Tiger Woods’ golf swing at the 2022 “Hero Shot” challenge

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Hero World Challenge tournament host Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from the event due to pain caused from plantar fasciitis. Despite the WD, Woods still maintained his hosting duties by competing in the “Hero Shot” bullseye challenge on Tuesday against competitors Tommy Fleetwood, Billy Horschel, Max Homa, Tom Kim, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Justin Thomas.

The shot measured 87 yards, and the target was a makeshift floating platform sitting on a pond between the 9th and 18th holes at Albany Bahamas. It was equipped with a red-and-black bullseye made of turf, and a 2-foot bucket in the direct center.

The game was simple. Each player was to take 6 shots at the bullseye, with the 6th ball – the “Hero Ball” – counting as double the points. Two players would ultimately advance to the final shootout where a winner would be crowned.

With wind swirling and the platform floating in the water, it was somewhat of a moving target, but Fitzpatrick dialed all the way in and hit a walk-off, hole-in-one splasher in the Championship round.

Kim, the youngest of the bunch, was expressive, competitive and a spark of energy throughout the competition.

Although Kim made it to the final round, he was left devastated by Fitzpatrick’s clutch dunk, dropping to his knees and holding his head in his hands (it was likely in jest, but I could tell he was actually into the challenge). It was a tough loss for Kim, who isn’t used to not winning so far on the PGA Tour.

Unfortunately, the tournament host himself did not qualify to move on from the first round, missing several shots just short of the island platform. Struggling with plantar fasciitis, though, it was just good to see Woods swinging a club in the Bahamas.

Check out Woods’ shot attempts in our video below:

 

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Woods opted to use a 56-degree TaylorMade MG3 Raw wedge, with a distinct wear mark in the center of the face.

For those interested, he was wearing a pair of Nike Metcon 8 sneakers. Since the players were hitting off of a turf mat, Woods didn’t need to wear golf spikes, so I guess we’ll have to wait until his next appearance to answer the lingering FootJoy vs. Nike question.

Click here for more photos of Tiger Woods at the Hero Shot challenge

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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Report: PGA Tour winner latest player to sign with LIV Golf

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Another PGA Tour winner is headed to LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Colombian Sebastian Munoz has agreed to a deal with the rival circuit. Munoz adds to the growing list of Spanish speaking players on LIV including Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Mito Pereira and Eugenio Chacarra.

Munoz has previously won the Sanderson Farms Championship and has six additional top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

At the time of his signing, the 30-year-old was ranked 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Munoz is set to make his LIV Golf debut at Mayakoba on February 24-26.

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Bubba Watson says that he will beg Jay Monahan to play in this PGA Tour event

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Bubba Watson, who joined LIV Golf last year, is still hoping he can play in a PGA Tour event.

The two-time major champion plans to “beg” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to allow Watson and his son to play in next year’s PNC Championship, which is an event that consists of a father/son or father/daughter tandem with one professional on each team.

“My son, like I said, he doesn’t play golf, but now his whole goal was – I’ll put this out there, his whole goal was to play in the PNC, which is the parent-junior, and now I’m not allowed to play in it. As soon as I see Jay Monahan – if Jay Monahan is watching this, I’ll see you at Augusta and I’ll try to beg you to let us play the PNC again.”

Watson and the other LIV golfers who were previously exempt or top-50 in the world will still get a chance to compete in this year Masters Tournament, to which Bubba is grateful.

“I was very thankful that we get to go back to the Masters. Then LIV announced their schedule, so I won’t be able to go to the women’s tournament or the Drive, Chip & Putt with the kids because we’ll be in Orlando. But it’s one year, I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.”

The 44-year-old (along with all LIV players) is currently suspended from the PGA Tour but will make his first start since the PGA Championship in May of 2022 at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club after missing time with a torn meniscus.

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Patrick Reed issues statement following rules controversy in Dubai

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On his way to finishing runner-up at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Patrick Reed found himself caught up in two incidents of note.

The first, widely nicknamed ‘Tee Gate’ saw a pre-event spat between Reed and the world number one and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, resulting in the former Masters winner lobbing a LIV-branded tee in his opponent’s direction. Little were they aware that it would take a birdie at each of the final two holes for McIlroy to overcome the most talked-about player in golf.

The second newsworthy episode involved Reed losing his ball up a tree on the 17th fairway, an escapade that resulted in a social media frenzy asking whether the ball found was, in fact, the correct ball and how several marshals identified it.

The DP World Tour’s statement at the time cleared Reed, stating that, “Using binoculars [the DP World Tour Chief Referee] joined the player in the area and asked him to identify his distinctive ball markings,” and “was satisfied that a ball with those markings was lodged in the tree.”

Video footage and players’ comments subsequently pointed to the ball flying into a different tee, but in Reed’s defence, he was likely to have been advised to the exact tree to look into, rather than guess himself.

He signed for a bogey five on the hole, a score that could have been one shot worse if having to reload on the tee box.

Reed himself sees the event much like most did the tee-peg incident – as something and nothing – and posted a statement to that effect on Twitter today:

With that all over, this week Reed returns to the Asian Tour for the Saudi International, where he meets up with much of his LIV counterparts in an event dominated by two-time champion Dustin Johnson.

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