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    This Tiger Woods, Butch Harmon wager is just for these bodily match

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    Butch Harmon and Tiger Woods as soon as wager caddie Steve Williams on a feat of endurance.

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    To seize this Tiger Woods wager correctly, we have to body the sector in that vogue, too. When you’ve performed the Plantation Course at Kapalua, you realize. However in the event you haven’t, listed below are just a few consultants to say that calling the Hawaiian gem simply “hilly” is, properly, flat incorrect. 

    From Mark Rolfing, a longtime broadcaster and Kapalua resident who was concerned within the building of the course, on Saturday’s Golf Channel broadcast of the third spherical of the Match of Champions: It’s “one of many hardest walks on the PGA Tour.”

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    From John Wooden, a TV analyst and longtime caddie, who described the climb to the inexperienced on the par-5 ninth this manner on Saturday’s broadcast: “On that second shot, I all the time prayed my participant would hit the inexperienced in two as a result of if I needed to give a quantity on the prime of this hill, I want an oxygen tank. We’re 12 levels for about 80 yards with 45 kilos in your again. That is the primary actual knee-kisser, we used to name them as caddies; knee-kisser of a stroll. As a result of your head is down, bag’s in your again, and all you’re doing is touching your knees the entire approach up. You don’t wish to see how a lot farther it’s a must to go.”

    And this from GOLF’s Josh Sens, who wrote the next after touring the course just a few years again: “You hear it yearly when the Masters rolls round: Tv flattens programs. Perhaps so. However there’s no disguising the rise and fall of the Plantation Course, which options extra dramatic elevation adjustments than any cease on the PGA Tour, with holes that swoop alongside the shoulder of the Kahalawai Mountains. The excessive level of the course is 510 ft. It’s additionally an expansive property, with a footprint of roughly 316 acres (together with the gorges that the routing works round). For comparability, the Tour’s subsequent cease after Kapalua would be the Sony Open at Waialae Nation Membership, on Oahu, which covers roughly 120 acres and has a most elevation change of about 10 ft.”

    So, yeah, it’s hilly hilly. With that comes this wager of endurance just a few years again from Woods and his former swing coach, Butch Harmon, to his former caddie, Steve Williams. Wooden shared it on the Saturday Golf Channel broadcast. 

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    “We talked loads about how hilly this course is, and again within the day, Tiger and his caddie, Steve Williams had a bit of wager,” Wooden mentioned. “Steve mentioned he may run the again 9 touching each tee field and each inexperienced in lower than a half-hour. So he wager Tiger, and he wager Butch.”

    Who gained?

    “And I emailed Steve the opposite day simply to get the thought what he really did it in. He mentioned he touched each tee field and each inexperienced and did it in 28 minutes.”

    And simply how good is that, Rolf?

    “I can’t drive a cart round that quick,” he mentioned on the printed.  

    Whereas Woods will not be as synonymous with wagers as, say, Phil Mickelson, he’s nonetheless been a participant in just a few bets in his time. Which brings to thoughts a current gem from musician Kenny G, who shared it on the Fore Play podcast. Woods and Kenny performed a placing contest at Pebble, Kenny misplaced on the final gap, and he owed Woods $20. From there, Kenny tells it properly. 

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    “I mentioned, nice, that was enjoyable. Right here’s your 20, Tiger,” Kenny mentioned on the podcast. “He goes, no, no, no, don’t fear about it, you possibly can pay me another time. I mentioned, wow, Tiger, superior. So I stroll round after which I see Butch Harmon. I mentioned, Butch, I simply had this placing contest with Tiger, and I solely misplaced 20 bucks. And he goes, he needs you to owe it to him, doesn’t he? I’m going, what? He goes, he needs to carry that in opposition to you. Right here’s what you do — that is Butch telling me. 

    “Subsequent time you see Tiger, take the 20, put it into his pocket, look him within the eye and go, f— you. I mentioned, I can’t do this to Tiger Woods. He goes, you bought to do it. I mentioned, OK, I’ll. 

    A day later, Woods walked previous Kenny G. 

    “So I’m nervous, however I stroll up behind Tiger, stuffed the cash into his again pocket and he seems to be round at me and I’m going, hey, f— you,” the musician mentioned on the podcast. “And he seems to be at me and goes, hey, that’s a great one. Good job, bro.” 

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