Masters Sunday with Tiger in the Hunt

Sunday at the Masters is always a special day for golf fans. We get an early start today due to afternoon weather, there is a great leaderboard, and Tiger in the final group.

While walking around Cabela’s with Dad last night this hot sauce caught my eye. Could it be a sign? How about some original Tiger sauce for 18 holes?

Tiger’s 80th Win Was Incredible

I’ll be watching these videos over and over all week, until the Ryder Cup starts.

My eyes got wet during that walk up the 18th and the tears kept coming for what must have been 30-40 minutes as he made the final put, was interviewed, and accepted the trophy. I don’t ever remember seeing Tiger choked up like that. We witnessed history and one of the greatest comebacks is sports history.

Watch Tiger

If you’re any kind of sports fan watch Tiger Woods today. Yesterday’s front nine was pure magic, like the Tiger before all of the back surgeries. After shooting the round of the day he holds a three shot lead going into the final round of the Tour Championship. If he gets the job done it’ll be his 80th win and first since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It would complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, becauseĀ a year ago we didn’t know if he’d ever play golf again, let alone on the PGA Tour.

Tiger is Back

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It’s still hard to believe what we watched yesterday. A round of PGA tournament golf hasn’t been that exciting in a decade.

I think we all believe now. More importantly, you could see that Tiger believes, which is scary for the rest of the players on tour. How long do we have to wait for the 2019 Masters?

Following Tiger’s 2018 PGA Championship Final Round

I’m going to try something different with today’s post. I’ll update here with my thoughts as Tiger Woods progresses through his round. All times are Eastern.

2:40pm – Great bunker shot. Needs to convert this putt for a good start.

2:46pm – Can’t miss those.

2:49pm – That’s two irons left off the tee. Better start hitting some fairways or it’s going to be a long day.

2:53pm – Almost sounded like that hit the stick. He’s not going to miss this one.

3:00pm – Throwing darts!

3:10pm – How will the other players react to the Tiger roars and his name up there so early on Sunday? Most of them have never had to deal with this.

3:21pm – Huge save.

3:32pm – How many other players even try that shot?

3:37pm – Another big save. Time to start hitting some fairways though.

3:45pm – Couldn’t save three in a row, but Koepka is coming back to the field.

3:59pm – Only one bogey grinding through those four, but not going to win having to make par saves all day. Justin Thomas is looking like the player to beat.

4:03pm – Another terrible driver! Everyone else is crumbling though.

4:15pm – Back on track. If you told him he’d shoot -2 through eight without hitting a fairway, I think anyone would take it.

4:18pm – Tiger looked to be flexing his wrist after that tee shot on 9, which is another missed fairway with an iron. His relief from the cart path would be on the other side? What’s up with that?

4:25pm – They must have thought his ball was actually on the path when they said that about where his relief would be. Hell of a shot!

4:29pm – My first scream “Yes!”

4:34pm – Holy shit, a fairway! Keep getting the crowd roaring and get in their heads.

4:47pm – Thomas Pieters is doing a hell of a job of throwing up a number for them all to look at as they come in. Koepka has righted the ship. Will be tough to catch unless he makes some mistakes on the back.

4:59pm – How does that not fall? You have to birdie there.

5:08pm – Another dart. Deep breath. Back on track.

5:16pm – Big help that Koepka and Scott both parred 11 too. This delay isn’t good for Tiger’s momentem after that approach shot though.

5:24pm – I like the aggressive play on that par 3 pin. JT not going away with a huge par bomb.

5:28pm – First chills of the day. One back.

5:37pm – I think we’re due for a Tiger chip-in. I guess everyone is going at that pin on 13.

5:41pm – Not even close. Koepka has missed a couple great birdie chances though.

5:55pm – You can see how bad Tiger wants it. Great drive and another dart.

6:06pm – Would have been nice to make that one.

6:10pm – How do they not have a camera on that?

6:17pm – The driver and some irons off the tee really let him down today. Couple putts could have fallen, but every player can say that.

6:26pm – Great par save, but needed at least a birdie there.

6:38pm – Boom. Love to see that final putt go in. Today was fun to watch. Tiger got a taste of it again today and you could see his focus. I’m going to call it right now, he wins 1 or 2 majors next year. Watch out for him in the FedEx Playoffs.

6:41pm – I’m tearing up watching him walk off the course with the crowd cheering. Amazing to see him back in contention.

7:03pm – That final putt ended up being a big one when Scott bogeyed to give Tiger solo 2nd.

7:06pm – I have never seen Tiger wait around and congratulate the winner like that.

Tiger in the Hunt

So many people said we’d never see this again, but here we are. Tiger Woods wearing red with a chance to win on a Sunday. It’s an exciting weekend for golf!

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

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I bought this book when it came out in 2013 and until a few months ago it had been untouched on my Kindle. It’s hard to believe it was over 4 years ago and Tiger’s crash (pun intended) was even earlier.Ā I wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it.

I’d been a Tiger Woods fan since his historic 1997 win at the Masters. In fact, I almost never watch a golf tournament unless he is playing. The excitement just isn’t there for me unless he’s in contention, which was pretty much every tournament he played for over a decade.

Through the book, Hank Haney gives us a lot of insight into Tiger’s personality. Many things make a lot more sense. At the same time, the book is one man’s view of Tiger. No matter what I read, at the end of the day, I’m still a fan of Tiger Woods the golfer.

If you’re a golf fan or even just a sports fan, I recommend reading this book. You’ll get a rare look into what it’s like working with one of the greatest professional athletes in history.

Tiger’s Choose Your Own Adventure Golf Course

Tiger Woods designed a unique golf experience named the Oasis Short CourseĀ inĀ Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I’ve never heard of a place built likeĀ this, but it sounds fun. The course has 12 greens whereĀ golfersĀ can choose different arrangementsĀ to play in about an hour.Ā If we had courses like this all over it would open up the game to a lot more people who don’t have time for a typicalĀ 9 or 18 hole round of golf.