Xander Schauffele is not used to having many of his shots in major championships shown on television, and the 24-year-old proved that with the way he reacted to one of them during the final round of The Open Championship on Sunday.
Schauffele, who held the lead for much of the day, hit an approach shot on the 15th hole that he was not pleased about. As he watched the ball sail beyond the flag, he couldn’t help but let an S-bomb fly.
— Jake Garegnani (@JakeGaregnaniSD) July 22, 2018
It didn’t cost Schauffele, as he went on to make par. But if his play at Carnoustie is any indication of what’s to come, he should get used to having to watch what he says when the cameras are rolling.
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Tiger Woods looked like his old self in the final two rounds of The Open Championship over the weekend, and he really turned back the clock with an insanely difficult bunker shot on Sunday.
After putting his tee shot into a deep pot bunker at the par-4 11th hole, it seemed like Woods would have to lay up because of the infamous creek that runs across the front of the green. Clearly feeling as confident as ever, Tiger had other plans:
Them: "When you hit it in a pot bunker, you have to just pitch out and try and play for par"
Tiger: "Hold my beer."pic.twitter.com/TLVnFEMoeW
— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) July 22, 2018
That was a pitching wedge from Tiger, and the ferocity with which he swung should give you an idea of how difficult the shot was. He was unable to sink his birdie putt, but he saved par to hang onto the lead at the time on what could have very easily been a bogey.
As you might expect, Twitter loved the aggressiveness:
Rest of #TheOpen field watching Tiger Woods sit atop the leaderboard and hit impossible shots out of fairway bunkers like it’s a year in which Al Gore is a presidential candidate pic.twitter.com/jqr81yvqow
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) July 22, 2018
Tiger: (drives into bunker off the tee)
Announcers: I don’t think you will see him go for the green here.
— LethalWarDaddy (@TvilleNole) July 22, 2018
Tiger Woods after that bunker shot at 10… pic.twitter.com/KWJnbRXAT0
— Christopher Lavinio (@ChrisLavinio) July 22, 2018
That bunker shot from Tiger at the 10th pic.twitter.com/JcdtGp9Ucb
— it was 1 4 1 (@trashcanjake) July 22, 2018
Okay. That bunker shot was vintage. Tiger is stalking these guys. pic.twitter.com/fuUKSQKg6d
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) July 22, 2018
That FW bunker shot by Tiger tho… pic.twitter.com/Fi3GY6AegO
— Scott Langley (@Scott_Langley) July 22, 2018
I just watched Tiger Woods hit a bunker shot 145 yards over water and onto the green. pic.twitter.com/4qu1DEgcOh
— Carter’s Tweeter account is Under Construction. (@CarterChapley) July 22, 2018
Woods has been dealing with a minor injury throughout The Open, but he was clearly telling the truth when asked about it on Thursday.
It’s been a decade since Tiger Woods won a major title — the 2008 U.S. Open — but that dry spell could very well come to an end on Sunday.
Playing in The Open Championship for the first time since 2015, Woods carded a 5-under 66 on Saturday, briefly topping the leaderboard and setting himself up for a run at the trophy.
“It would be … better on Sunday,” Woods said via the AP. “But I’m right there.
“It’s been a few years since I’ve felt like this.”
It was the first time Woods led or held a share of the lead in a major since the 2012 U.S. PGA Championship, and his lowest round in a major since 2011 Masters.
The 14-time major champion will don his signature red on Sunday when he tees off and attempts to legitimize his comeback and cement his legacy.
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Fans of Tiger Woods were sent into a frenzy on Thursday morning when the 14-time major champion showed up to The Open Championship with two pieces of therapeutic tape on the back of his neck, but Woods insists the ailment is a minor one.
After he shot an even-par 71 in the opening round, Tiger was asked about his neck injury and if it affected his game.
“It was a hell of a lot better than my back hurting,” he said with a smile. “Yeah, I’ve been taped up, bandaged up — it’s just that you were able to see this one. It’s no big deal. Just gotta play.”
Earlier in the day, Tiger’s camp revealed that the injury was something that popped up overnight.
Per his camp: @TigerWoods woke up with stiff neck, put on KT tape and quickly felt better. No big deal, nothing major.
— Steve DiMeglio (@Steve_DiMeglio) July 19, 2018
Woods obviously has a lengthy injury history and has been forced to withdraw from a number of tournaments, but it doesn’t sound like there is any risk of that at The Open Championship. As he mentioned, he’s dealt with far worse injuries throughout his career.
Ian Poulter struggled a bit in the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday, but the end result could have been a lot worse if not for one of the luckiest shots you will ever see on a golf course.
Poulter’s tee shot on the 18th hole found some thick rough, and he tried to muscle his ball out and fly it to the green on his second shot. He ended up not catching nearly enough of it, and it looked as though the ball was going to roll into a creek. Poulter was fortunate to watch it take a big bounce over the creek, but then the ball rolled into a bunker. It didn’t stay in the bunker, however, as it somehow rolled over the lip and trickled up near the green.
Just have a look at this:
Ian Poulter hit probably the luckiest shot of his life and his reaction tells the tale. Jean van de Velde probably threw the remote at his TV pic.twitter.com/LnEDMrz7iv
— Born Salty (@cjzero) July 19, 2018
Poulter managed to save par and finish with a score of 2-over for the round, which wasn’t all that great on a day where the leaders finished 4- and 5-under. Still, even he couldn’t resist smiling after catching that break. I guess when you make some of the most clutch putts of the season you’re bound to get lucky at least once.
Phil Mickelson is a master with his wedges who has pulled off some incredible trick shots over the years, and one fan trusts the golf Hall of Famer so much that he was willing to put his nose on the line — literally.
At a practice event ahead of The Open Championship on Tuesday, Mickelson had a fan stand no more than two feet in front of him and somehow flopped a shot right over the guy’s head.
Retweet if you’d let Phil flop it over you from a tight lie two feet in front of tour face
— Callaway Golf (@CallawayGolf) July 17, 2018
Phil may be 48, but he’s clearly still got it. There are plenty of Mickelson fans who would not be as brave as the gentleman you see above, though his faith in “Lefty” was rewarded. Apparently he wasn’t concerned about some of the risks Mickelson has taken in the past that haven’t gone so smoothly.
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Phil Mickelson recently revealed that he and Tiger Woods are exploring the possibility of playing a head-to-head match for $10 million, and the golf world cannot stop buzzing about it. And should the winner-take-all battle actually take place, Las Vegas will be prepared.
Multiple sportsbooks have already released odds and prop bets for a potential Tiger vs. Phil showdown. At BetOnline.AG, Woods is a slight favorite over Mickelson at -125 to win the match. Mickelson’s odds are currently listed at +105. SportsBettingDime.com sees things going a similar way, as that site lists Tiger at 2/3 to win and Mickelson at 3/2.
Odds on where the match might take place have also been released, with Emirates Golf Club in Dubai leading the way through BetOnline.AG at +275. Torrey Pines is next at +300. The book also lists the odds of the match actually happening at -280, while SportsBettingDime.com is slightly more confident at 1/2 odds.
How close is the match to actually happening? According to Mickelson, he thought it might take place on July 3 in Las Vegas, but a different date is now being worked on after that fell through. That seems to indicate that both golfers have agreed to it.
It goes without saying that Tiger and Phil are two of the most popular golfers to ever live, and Mickelson could be in need of a publicity boost after he embarrassed himself with a stunt at the US Open. A match between the two would be must-see TV.