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Tiger Woods spotted back on golf course after car accident

Tiger Woods

Eight months after his car accident, Tiger Woods is back on the golf course, at least as a spectator.

A picture surfaced Saturday of Woods attending a junior event in Florida, where he watched his son Charlie play. Woods had a sleeve on his right leg, but does have a club in hand.

Woods suffered multiple leg fractures in the February accident, so it’s good to see him standing on his own. There was speculation that the injuries he suffered could end his golf career, though it sounds like Woods intends to try to come back.

Even before this picture emerged, we knew Woods is still active in the sport, at least in the background. Apparently, he even played a role in the American Ryder Cup win last month.

Justin Thomas made hilarious Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka shirts

Justin Thomas Step Brothers shirt

The U.S. Ryder Cup team seemed like a such a close-knit group this year that even Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka got along. When they saw the shirts that were made featuring both their faces, they probably realized they had no choice.

As the U.S. team was celebrating its historically dominant win over Europe on Sunday night, Bryson DeChambeau was spotted wearing a hilarious shirt. It featured his and Koepka’s faces depicted as the characters from the movie “Step Brothers.”

Where did the shirt come from? It looks like Justin Thomas may have had them made. Thomas shared a photo of himself wearing the shirt on Monday. He also posted a close-up of the shirt on his Instagram story and wrote “I think the team shirts were a success.”

DeChambeau and Koepka became known for their animated feud over the past few years. They may not be best friends, but they certainly put their differences aside at Whistling Straits. They shared a hug after the big win, and U.S. captain Steve Stricker made a shocking revelation about the two major champions.

The U.S. team probably knew the DeChambeau-Koepka dynamic could become awkward at some point. The shirts were a great way of downplaying it.

What did Tommy Fleetwood do in the Europe team room at Ryder Cup?

Tommy Fleetwood Europe

What on earth did Tommy Fleetwood do in the Team Europe team room at the Ryder Cup this year? That is what fans want to know.

Team Europe was beaten badly by the United States in the Ryder Cup this year, losing 19-9. Despite the defeat, Team Europe had tremendous camaraderie, according to their accounts. And it seems like Fleetwood did something in their team room that helped with their bonding.

On a few occasions during their post-event press conference, the entire group made reference to and had laughs about something Fleetwood did in the team room.

The first instance came when Ian Poulter was talking about how close they were. He mentioned the team room and gave a nod to Fleetwood, which left his teammates laughing.

“Only we know what happens in these team rooms, ay, Tommy?” Poulter said.

A few minutes later, things got really wild.

Europe captain Padraig Harrington was asked what his abiding memory would be. He then started cracking up, and the entire team started laughing for about 30 seconds like they had a big inside joke. Once again, they were laughing about Fleetwood in the team room.

The stuff the players were saying sounded somewhat like the Dani Rojas song from “Ted Lasso.”

Then later on, Viktor Hovland joked about getting to know his teammates better, “maybe a little too well.”

So what did Fleetwood do? Did he streak around the locker room singing his name to the tune of the Dani Rojas song? We need to know! Or maybe that’s just a secret that helped the team bond.

Dustin Johnson was so wasted at press conference after winning Ryder Cup

Dustin Johnson Ryder Cup

Dustin Johnson put on a masterful performance during the Ryder Cup this year. Then he put on a master class showing his teammates how to celebrate.

DJ went 5-0 at the Ryder Cup, becoming the first American golfer to go 5-0 at the Ryder Cup since Larry Nelson in 1979.

After dominating the competition and helping his country to a win over Team Europe, DJ celebrated accordingly.

He drank from a massive bottle of champagne:

It’s no surprise that he seemed pretty wasted at the press conference after the event.

Take a look at this answer:

Johnson, who is 37, was also asked whether he could still out-party his younger teammates. His answer was classic:

What a legendary performance from DJ and what a legendary answer.

Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau wanted to play together at Ryder Cup?

Brooks Koepka Bryson DeChambeau

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau have become known for their notorious feud over the last few years. But their issues may have thawed out over the last week.

The two golfers shared a surprising moment ahead of the Ryder Cup and indicated they were on better terms. They worked things out to the point that US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker said Sunday the two wanted to play together.

They also shared a hug:

That was a surprise.

Koepka played with Daniel Berger and Jordan Spieth. DeChambeau played with Scottie Scheffler.

The real star of the Ryder Cup was Dustin Johnson, who went 5-0 overall. The Americans won so big that you can’t really say they went wrong. But seeing DeChambeau and Koepka teaming together would have caused heads to explode. The two even concluded the Sunday press conference by hugging together in front of the media.

Video: Rory McIlroy was crying in emotional interview after Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy crying

The European Ryder Cup team was dominated by the United States team from start to finish this week, and no one took the loss harder than Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy didn’t play well on Friday or Saturday at Whistling Straits, but he managed to salvage a point when he won his singles match against Xander Schauffele on Sunday. He was quick to deflect any attention away from the individual accomplishment. McIlroy gave an emotional interview with NBC after his round and fought back tears as he spoke about how much playing in the Ryder Cup means to him.

“The more and more I play in this event, I realize that it’s the best event in golf, bar none. I love being a part of it,” McIlroy said. “I can’t wait to be a part of many more. … It’s an absolute privilege. I’ve gotten to do this six times. They’ve always been my greatest experiences in my career. I’ve never really cried or gotten emotional about what I’ve done as an individual — I couldn’t give a s—.”

Europe had won nine of the previous 12 Ryder Cup events heading into this year. The U.S. bucked the trend with a 19-9 thumping, which was the largest margin of victory since continental Europe was introduced to the Ryder Cup in 1979.

McIlroy is only 32, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to erase the foul stench from 2021. The next Ryder Cup will also be in Europe, so McIlroy’s team will be the one on the receiving end of awesome supportive chants like this.

Xander Schauffele says message from Tiger Woods helped at Ryder Cup

Xander Schauffele

Tiger Woods was unable to take part in the 2021 Ryder Cup as he recovers from the car crash he was involved in early this year, but the 15-time major champion’s presence was felt early on at Whistling Straits.

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay had the most surprising performance of the morning foursomes on Friday, as the duo dominated Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter with a 5-and-3 win. Schauffele told the Golf Channel that he and Cantlay received advice from Woods on Thursday night and utilized it when the match was tied.

“We got a nice message from Tiger last night,” Schauffele said. “Obviously I’m not gonna reveal what it said, but Pat and I referred to it a few times today. We knew what we needed to do. … We knew he was fist-pumping from the couch. Whether he was on crutches or not, he was as fired up as anyone back home. It’s nice to have his support.”

Cantlay, who like Schauffele is a Ryder Cup rookie, said he met with Tiger recently to discuss what it’s like playing in the event.

“There’s no better role model, no better leader. He’s just somebody you can learn from,” Cantlay said. “I saw him last week at home and just picked his brain on the Ryder Cup and applied some of that today.”

Tiger was in a serious car crash back in February. He had multiple led fractures and damage to his feet and ankles. There were initially questions about whether he would ever golf again, but U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker offered a promising update on Woods’ condition this week.

Video: Bryson DeChambeau’s first Ryder Cup drive hits spectator

Bryson DeChambeau drive

Bryson DeChambeau may have been a little too amped up for his first match of the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits on Friday, and a spectator unfortunately paid the price.

DeChambeau, who was paired with Scottie Scheffler for afternoon four-ball, bombed his drive at the first hole and missed the fairway. The ball struck a woman in the shin.

Ouch.

DeChambeau hits the ball so far that spectators often unknowingly find themselves in the line of fire. That may have been what happened there. Believe it or not, DeChambeau was actually able to get up and down for birdie from that spot.

DeChambeau has had some well-documented issues with fans this season, but the vast majority were behind him at the Ryder Cup. Hopefully that woman doesn’t hold the drive against him.

Paul Azinger hilariously trolled Florida State during Ryder Cup

Paul Azinger

Florida State’s football team is off to a horrendous start this season, and even the golf world has taken note. Paul Azinger showcased that during the opening round of the Ryder Cup on Friday.

Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, two Florida State alumni, were paired together for morning foursomes on Friday. When they finished off Europe’s Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick with a 2-and-1 victory, Azinger couldn’t resist taking a shot at the Seminoles.

Of course, Azinger also went to Florida State. That’s why the Seminoles will likely let him get away with that zinger (pun intended).

Azinger is known for speaking his mind, which we saw when he was critical of Brooks Koepka leading up to the Ryder Cup. His quip on Friday was all in good fun.

Florida State is off to a 0-3 start for the first time since 1976, which was Bobby Bowden’s first year as head coach of the program.

Video: Fan has hilarious ‘freedom!’ chant after Collin Morikawa birdie

Collin Morikawa

It didn’t take fans at Whistling Straits very long to get into the Ryder Cup spirit on Friday, and one of the best chants of the day game when Collin Morikawa knocked down a big birdie putt.

Morikawa, who was paired with Dustin Johnson for morning foursomes, drained a birdie to give himself and Johnson a commanding 3-up lead over Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland. As the putt was making its way to the hole, someone in the gallery hilariously shouted “freedom!”

Here’s the video:

The Ryder Cup always brings out the best in fans, and U.S. supporters are even more hungry for a victory this year. They had to wait an extra year to host the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their side has lost nine of the last 12 tournaments. We’ll see a lot more enthusiasm from the gallery before the weekend ends.