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10 Golfers Tiger Woods Respects and 10 He Doesn’t

Even with out his current resurgence, Tiger Woods will go down in historical past as probably the greatest golfers who ever lived. It’s been over 20 years since Tiger burst onto the scene together with his convincing win on the 1997 Masters, and since then he’s gained 79 extra occasions on tour, most lately on the 2018 Tour Championship.

If you’re that dominant, your rivals need a piece of you. Everybody needs to beat the perfect, and consequently, Tiger made some enemies alongside the best way. That stated, golf is a pleasant recreation performed by gents, so naturally, you’re going to make some buddies alongside the best way.

For this listing, I picked out 10 golfers Tiger is understood to have a great relationship with, and naturally to stability issues out—we’re all about equity right here—I’ve chosen 10 golfers who’re completely not Tiger’s good friend. Golf is a comparatively civil recreation (you gained’t see any Khabib-like blowups at Augusta any time quickly), however people are people, they usually’re prone to emotion.

Tiger’s been a professional golfer for 22 years now, which has offered loads of time to construct relationships and develop rivalries. Ever marvel who Tiger hates on tour and who he’s chummy with? Learn on to seek out out:

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20 Respects: Phil Mickelson

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Tiger Woods is the only purpose Phil Mickelson was by no means capable of attain the world no. 1 rating in his hall-of-fame profession, however Lefty doesn’t maintain that towards Tiger. The pair stays pleasant, although they’re on the brink of face one another in a one-on-one, winner-take-all, $9M match this Thanksgiving weekend.

Maybe issues will go awry on the huge recreation and Phil finds his approach onto the opposite half of this record, however for now, Woods and Mickelson are buddies.

They just lately performed a spherical collectively when warming up for final month’s Ryder Cup, and Phil even commented on how properly Tiger was enjoying by way of his new Twitter account.

19 Doesn’t: Vijay Singh

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The Tiger of in the present day is by all accounts much more easy-going than he was in his youthful days. Whereas now you will discover him sharing amusing on the apply vary with fellow golfers, that wasn’t the case previous to, say, 2009. Vijay Singh was the one participant to usurp Tiger from the No. 1 rating from 2000-2010, however the animosity started previous to Singh taking excessive spot in 2004.

The incident that sparked controversy was on the 2000 President’s Cup. Singh’s caddy Paul Tesori wore a cap that learn “Tiger Who?” through the Fijian’s match towards Woods. Tiger didn’t discover it too humorous and proceeded to beat Singh 2 and 1.

18 Respects: Jim Furyk

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The 2018 Ryder Cup captain of Group USA is the second participant on the listing right now that Tiger would contemplate a good friend. Jim Furyk had initially chosen Tiger as an assistant captain, however the 2018 resurgence of Tiger drive Furyk’s hand, and he ended up including his previous pal to the group as a competitor.

The Europeans, in fact, ended up stomping the People, and Tiger didn’t assist out his group a lot, as he was considered one of three American rivals who did not register at the least some extent over the weekend, going Zero-Four. Woods has traditionally been lackluster on the Ryder Cup, however 2018 was his weakest efficiency up to now.

17 Doesn’t: Stephen Ames

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The uber-competitive Tiger wears his coronary heart on his sleeve, and you would inform that he wasn’t thrilled with the best way he was hitting his drives main as much as the 2006 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.Stephen Ames took word of this and even stated a lot to reporters in a lead-up to his match towards Woods.

“Something can occur—particularly the place he’s hitting the ball,” Ames stated.

Tiger proceeded to put the boots to the Canada born golfer, beating him 9 and eight. When requested about Ames’ remark after the match, Woods had a easy, to-the-point reply: “Eight and 9.” Can’t actually argue with the details.

16 Respects: Sean O’Hair

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Sean O’Hair’s familial struggles have been well-documented. His relationship together with his father was a sophisticated one, as he pressured his son to show professional on the age of 17, however not earlier than signing a contract that assured 10% of O’Hair’s profession earnings went straight to his pop.

With that in thoughts, Woods had a little bit of an ally in O’Hair when he went via his (additionally well-documented) household points. They have been pals earlier than the unpleasantness, and whereas they didn’t converse for a couple of years throughout Tiger’s very low level just some years in the past, Woods all the time had an ally in O’Hair.

15 Doesn’t: Tom Watson

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Golf is a recreation for gents, and Tom Watson is principally the poster boy for correct golf. Watson has lately spoken on Tiger’s resurgence, welcoming one of many all-time greats again into the fold after an extended hiatus from golf supremacy, however he hasn’t all the time been a fan of Woods, based mostly on feedback made again in 2010.

In an interview with CNN’s Stan Grant, Watson stated that Woods wanted to “deal with the sport with a bit of bit extra respect.” This was in reference to Tiger’s previous tendency to swear after a nasty shot, and even throw his membership to the bottom in frustration.

14 Respects: Fred Couples

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I’ve by no means met a man who dislikes Freddie Couples. He’s only a likable man, and Tiger Woods agrees. Couples was already within the twilight of his profession when Woods burst onto the scene, and he served as considerably of a mentor to the younger phenom.

Couples has all the time publicly supported Woods, and he most lately spoke about Tiger on the 2018 Masters.

Couples nonetheless performs within the event yearly because of his lifetime exemption, earned by profitable the 1992 Inexperienced Jacket. Rely Couples as one other veteran golfer who’s pleased to see Tiger again on the prime of his recreation.

13 Doesn’t: Rory Sabbatini

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Tiger has made it fairly clear that he dislikes it when fellow golfers speak smack about him to the media, and that’s why South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini is caught in Tiger’s doghouse. Sabbatini’s ill-advised feedback got here again in 2007, when he talked about that Tiger was (on the time) extra beatable than he’s ever been.

Appears fairly innocent, however Tiger’s a proud man and wasn’t going to only sit and take heed to Sabbatini name him out like that. He was fast to level out that he’d already gained 3 times that yr, which simply so conveniently matched Sabbatini’s profession complete on the time. Checkmate, Rory.

12 Respects: Notah Begay III

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Of all of Tiger’s buddies on the listing, Notah Begay III might be his oldest good friend. NB3 truly has a reasonably playful relationship with Woods—one thing that has eluded virtually anybody else who’s tried as a lot. Begay even gave Tiger the nickname “Urkel” again of their Stanford days. I merely can’t see this being okay if, say, Sergio Garcia referred to as him that.

Woods and Begay stay buddies to this present day, and Tiger often makes an look on the latter’s annual charity golf event.

That is not a nasty identify to attract to your charity event, and the truth that Tiger goes out of his approach to seem exhibits his admiration for NB3.

11 Doesn’t: Brandel Chamblee

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Brandel Chamblee actually is aware of how one can run his mouth, one thing that’s obvious just about each time you see him on the Golf Channel today. He’s stated some fairly outrageous issues concerning the biggest golfer of all-time, together with simply final August when he stated that Tiger “obtained the least out of his expertise of any participant in historical past”

Whereas we’re not precisely positive how that’s a quantifiable assertion, does it matter? I imply, Chamblee gained on the tour precisely one time, and it was the now defunct, typically poorly attended Higher Vancouver Open again in 1998. Something Chamblee says about Woods is simply noise, actually.

10 Respects: Arjun Atwal

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Again in 2009, when Tiger’s controversies have been recent, there weren’t many guys who stood by the beleaguered golfer. There was one golfer whom he most popular to play his follow rounds with over the others although, and that was former neighbor Arjun Atwal.

Whereas Atwal hasn’t had an excessive amount of success on the PGA Tour, he did grow to be the primary participant born in India to turn out to be a card-carrying member of the PGA Tour. He then turned the primary participant born in India to win on that very same tour, taking the 2010 Wyndham Championship. He’s been a vocal supporter of Woods this previous yr as properly, stating he believes that Woods might be even higher than he was earlier than (a daring assertion).

9 Doesn’t: Adam Scott

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Whereas Aussie Adam Scott hasn’t come out and stated something too disparaging, there’s proof to recommend that the pair aren’t the perfect of associates. Caddie Steve Williams left Woods and instantly began carrying Scott’s bag, and after Scott gained his first event with Williams on the bag, the latter insinuated that it was the perfect win of his profession (a transparent slap within the face, as he gained tons with Tiger, together with many Majors).

Woods later turned a supporter of banning the lengthy putter, which is what Scott used to putt with.

This was a irritating time for Scott, as he needed to principally discover ways to putt a special means than he had gotten used to, and he stated as a lot on the time.

eight Respects: Davis Love III

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Davis Love III is a couple of years older than Tiger, however the peaks of their careers kind of lined up with one another. Love III has all the time been supportive of his fellow American, and the pair have been ceaselessly seen chumming round every time they might play in workforce occasions, be it the Ryder Cup or President’s Cup.

Though they’re buddies, it should have been irritating for Like to play throughout Woods’ prime. Love completed 2nd to Tiger in 4 tournaments, which means that Love would probably have added to his 21 PGA Tour wins if not for that meddling Tiger.

7 Doesn’t: Fuzzy Zoeller

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Look, I’m not saying Fuzzy Zoeller may be insensitive, however I’m saying that there’s proof to help that very declare and yeah, he did get insensitive over 20 years in the past. Whereas he’s all the time introduced himself as a little bit of a curmudgeon, it was some feedback made after Tiger’s historic Masters win in 1997 that solidified this opinion of him.

“He is doing fairly nicely, fairly spectacular,” Zoeller stated in an interview after the event. “That little boy is driving nicely and he is placing nicely. He is doing the whole lot it takes to win.”

Zoeller then went on to say in passing that Tiger ought to get some fried hen for enjoying nicely.

6 Respects: Steve Stricker

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Though Steve Stricker is now a participant on the Champions Tour, for a lot of of his last years as a full-time PGA Tour participant he and Tiger have been very shut.

It appeared the pair solely grew nearer after the unpleasantness that surfaced in 2009, typically noticed collectively on the follow vary and placing inexperienced providing up ideas to one another—even when in competitors.

Tiger and Stricker have additionally performed collectively throughout Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups often over the previous decade, garnering the status of fairly the formidable duo in that point. In fact, Stricker will solely periodically be round in the course of the “Tiger resurgence years,” however they nonetheless help one another nonetheless.

5 Doesn’t: Nick Faldo

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This one is a little bit of a pleasant rivalry, as nothing between Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods has been coloured with an excessive amount of animosity, so far as I can inform. Faldo’s profession was petering out simply as Tiger’s was starting, and Faldo now spends his time as an analyst for the Golf Channel.

Whereas the peaks of their careers by no means crossed over, Faldo was one of many extra vocal critics of Tiger from about 2010 to 2016 or so. He’s just lately stepped again from his criticisms, however there was a time when Faldo stated “His again is principally locked up. He is had three surgical procedures on it and he is simply not as versatile as it’s worthwhile to be for golf so I feel sadly he is not wanting good to even make a comeback as a golfer.” That may train Faldo to by no means doubt one of the best.

Four Respects: Rory McIlroy

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Rory McIlroy was primarily anticipated to take over Tiger because the undisputed greatest golfer on the planet, and whereas that hasn’t precisely occurred, there’s nonetheless mutual admiration between Woods and the younger man from Northern Eire.

McIlroy has lately said that he doesn’t actually have any shut buddies who’re on Tour, however Tiger and Rory typically select to play apply rounds collectively. When Rory was simply bursting onto the scene (round 2011-12), it marked maybe the primary time in Woods’ profession that he cozied as much as one of many different prime gamers on the earth. That’s one thing he merely didn’t do pre-scandal.

three Doesn’t: Greg Norman

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Greg Norman has all the time been a big character within the golf world. Unafraid to talk his thoughts, he’s been on the middle of some public controversies in his day (nothing like Tiger’s, in fact). Whereas the connection acquired off to an honest begin when Tiger turned professional in 1996, issues went south when Norman went out of his method to level out that Tiger had not but been invited to his annual Shark Shootout occasion, regardless of Tiger having expressed curiosity in showing.

Tiger was ultimately invited, however out of spite, he declined the invitation.

Ever since, Norman hasn’t handed up the chance to take a shot at Tiger, stating that Woods would by no means win one other Main again in 2011, and in addition criticizing captain Fred Couples’ decide of Tiger for the 2011 President’s Cup.

2 Respects: Mark O’Meara

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1998 was a very good yr for Mark O’Meara, as he managed to win his two profession Majors that yr. It was round this time that the pair grew shut, as they have been neighbors at Isleworth, and it wasn’t uncommon to see the 2 enjoying a follow spherical collectively, and even out on the lake performing some fishing.

Whereas they grew aside considerably throughout Tiger’s controversial years (he was busy coping with that and didn’t have a lot time for his buddies for a couple of years), O’Meara continues to be a vocal supporter of Woods and has publicly said that he hopes for a return to greatness for Woods.

1 Doesn’t: Sergio Garcia

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A handful of individuals have made some fairly unhappy feedback relating to Tiger and the truth that he’s black. Very similar to Fuzzy Zoeller did in ’97, Garcia made a equally offensive comment in 2013. It was on the European Tour Awards the place Garcia was requested by MC Steve Sands if he deliberate on inviting Tiger Woods over for dinner on the upcoming US Open.

Garcia’s reply? “We may have him spherical each night time. We’ll serve fried hen.” First off, that’s not even humorous. Like, the place’s the joke? Garcia quickly apologized for the feedback, stating they have been on no account meant to be offensive.

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