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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Tiger Woods generously concedes putt to send ‘The Match’ to playoff

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Tiger Woods sure acted generously with $9 million on the line in “The Match” on Friday.

Woods conceded a putt to send his pay-per-view match with Phil Mickelson to a playoff. Woods had a made a putt from about 5-6 feet away on the 18th hole at Shadow Creek. Mickelson had a 3-4 foot putt left, but Tiger decided to pick up his opponent’s coin instead of forcing him to make the putt to remain all square.

Tiger likely did not want to win on a missed short putt by Mickelson, recognizing how anticlimactic such an ending to the hyped-up match play event would have been.

After the concession, the two headed to a 19th playoff hole where Woods again conceded a putt to keep things tied.

Tiger knew what he had to do to build the drama for the ending.

Tiger Woods makes awesome shot on 17 to tie ‘The Match’

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Tiger Woods hit arguably his best shot of “The Match” on 17 Friday to win the hole and send things to the 18th in a tie.

Tiger was down a hole to Phil Mickelson in their head-to-head match and was on the edge of the green, chipping from the rough for a birdie attempt on the par 3, 150-yard hole. Tiger chipped in and nailed it.

“Just like old times, buddy,” Tiger said to his caddie Joe LaCava.

Mickelson had a chance to win the match had he won the hole. Instead, he missed his birdie putt, which left things all square through 17.

What started out slowly ended with an exciting finish thanks to that big shot.

Turner offers Mickelson-Woods stream for free after technical problems

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Technical difficulties meant Turner ended up giving away its pay-per-view broadcast of “The Match” for free.

Turner had been offering the exclusive live stream of the Friday charity match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods for $19.99 through their “B/R Live” service, and it was expected to be a big draw for the fledgling streaming platform. However, the service apparently suffered a myriad of technical difficulties, and users quickly found they could watch the match for free.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the platform had a hard time handling purchase requests, and those who had bought access to the match were struggling to get in and see it. In light of that, Turner opted to simply make the stream free.

It’s unclear if those who had paid the fee would be refunded. No problems for those who purchased the match through their cable provider appeared to be reported.

What was expected to be a big spectacle with two of the world’s most famous golfers has been upstaged by a skywriter, and now the fact that the paid stream ended up turning into a disaster for the provider. We’ll see what comes of that in the days ahead.

Skywriter talks trash during Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson match

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The greatest trash talking of “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Friday may have come from a skywriter.

According to Golf Channel’s “Tiger Tracker,” an overhead skywriter wrote a series of questions that took shots at the pay-per-view match between the two golfers. The questions poked fun at them over a lack of crowd, over how late after the peak of their rivalry the match is taking place, and the absence of another top golfer — Jordan Spieth.

A big draw for the match was supposed to be the in-match betting and trash talk between the players. While there was some betting, the trash talk was lacking … until the skywriter made an appearance.

Report: Tiger Woods’ girlfriend Erica Herman in massive debt

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Tiger Woods has seen his net worth creep toward $1 billion since he went through one of the most expensive divorces in history back in 2010, but his new girlfriend has apparently experienced anything but financial stability in recent years.

Erica Herman, whom Woods has been dating for about a year, was recently ordered to pay back a debt of nearly $250,000 that she owes to an investor in her failed businesses. According to the Daily Mail, Herman’s former business partner Tom Morris won a judgment of $240,233.08 against her, and Herman has been ordered to send Morris $295.60 a week to pay back the debt.

Court records show that Herman and her ex-boyfriend and former business partner Ricky McIntosh received a $200,000 investment from Morris several years ago before they opened restaurants and nightclubs in the Orlando area. The businesses failed, and Morris sued Herman after he was never paid back. It wasn’t until Herman was hired as the director of management operations at Tiger’s restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, in 2015 that she began paying back the debt.

Herman reportedly makes $1,586.54 a week at Tiger’s restaurant, and her wages are being garnished. At the current rate, she will have paid off the debt by 2085.

The Daily Mail also learned that Herman has a long history of financial issues, as she had a car repossessed in 2012 and was nearly evicted from her apartment numerous times that same year for not paying her $1,300 monthly rent.

We’ve seen some indications in recent months that Woods and Herman have become very close, but apparently their relationship has not progressed to the point where Tiger is willing to cut a $250,000 check for her.

H/T Black Sports Online

Insane TV rating numbers show how much Tiger Woods means to golf

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Tiger Woods brought more fans into the game of golf than any other player in the sport’s history, and the 14-time major champion finally ended a long drought by winning a PGA Tour event on Sunday for the first time since 2013. Did people tune in even though Tiger won the Tour Championship right in the middle of Week 3 NFL action?

Yes, yes they did.

On Monday, NBC revealed that their ratings for the final round of the Tour Championship were up more than 200 percent from a year ago. The telecast from the final round was the highest-rated one of any PGA Tour event in 2018.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell gave the numbers a bit more context:

We hear about “The Tiger Effect” with golf all the time, and this is further proof that it is very real. If the shots of the absurd swarm of people following Woods at East Lake weren’t evidence enough, NBC would be glad to tell you how important Tiger still is to the game.

Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods being ‘back’

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Tiger Woods could not have asked for a much better finish to the 2018 PGA season, and golf fans absolutely loved it.

Woods led all weekend at the TOUR Championship in Georgia and ended up winning the tournament with a score of 11-under. The first-place finish was enough to secure Tiger the second spot in the FexEx Cup standings and a $3 million bonus. It was also his first win on the PGA Tour since August of 2013 and the 80th of his career.

It goes without saying that Woods was overcome with emotion after tapping in his final putt:

As we have seen so many times before when Tiger plays well or shows flashes of his old self, Twitter could not wait to declare that he’s “BACK.”