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Tiger Woods’ recreation, TGL’s delay, golf offers

Tiger Woods smiles at a 2022 Hero World Challenge press conference.

Tiger Woods may have loads to reply this week.

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Verify in each week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors as they break down the most well liked subjects within the sport, and be part of the dialog by tweeting us at @golf_com. This week, we talk about Tiger Woods’ first press convention and the state of his recreation, the TGL’s surprising postponement and the 2023 PGA Tour PIP outcomes.

1. This week’s Hero World Problem may have additional eyes on it, as match host Tiger Woods can be among the many 20-player subject within the no-cut occasion within the Bahamas. It’ll additionally basically be the primary time Woods has fielded questions from reporters for the reason that 2023 Masters, which was additionally his final begin. Tons has occurred since. What are the highest two subjects you’d love to listen to Woods reply questions on candidly?

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Jack Hirsh

James Colgan, information and options editor (@jamescolgan26): The merger! Loopy because it sounds, we nonetheless haven’t heard from the person for the reason that golf world flipped on its head. I wish to know what he thinks in regards to the prospect of becoming a member of forces with the Saudis. I’d additionally love to listen to Tiger discuss in regards to the listing of calls for submitted to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that resulted in his changing into the Tour’s sixth participant director. That story — and the resultant fallout of a substantial shift in energy on the PGA Tour stage — looks like one of the vital underreported items of 2023. 

Josh Sens, senior author (@joshsens): What does he suppose professional golf will seem like within the years forward? And since he’ll have a say in that, what does he need it to seem like? Extra elevated occasions? Fewer? May he himself abdomen enjoying in occasions beneath a Saudi partnership? Would that tarnish the sense of legacy that he values a lot? Underlying all of these questions is the problem of the rising divide amongst professional golf’s greatest stars and the rank-and-file. Does he suppose extra must be achieved to appease these stars? What about the remainder of the gamers who more and more really feel like they’re getting quick shrift? The place would Tiger strike the stability? Yeah. I do know. That’s greater than two questions. At this level, safety has ushered me out of the press room.

Jack Hirsh, assistant editor (@JR_HIRSHey): I believe my colleagues above lined a number of the highest questions with one notable exception: His well being. I’m unsure I’m extra involved about his well being than two years in the past, however actually greater than final yr. With the fusion surgical procedure he had on his ankle final spring, he doubtless needed to relearn tips on how to stroll once more. I wish to hear about that course of and the way he needed to rework his golf swing to accommodate it. Tiger is often coy when speaking about his accidents, however he’s additionally extra insightful in regards to the golf swing than simply about anybody. I wager his press convention may function a clinic for golfers battling path leg accidents.

2. Woods has performed sparingly over the previous few years as accidents and a condensed schedule have restricted his begins. However what if his recreation isn’t as much as his requirements? May Woods’ play this week give any trace to how a lot he’ll try to play in 2024?

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Jack Hirsh

Colgan: I believe we already know how a lot Tiger Woods goes to play heading ahead: minimally. The larger query is how nicely will Tiger Woods play golf heading ahead. This week we’ll get a a lot clearer image of how the subtalar fusion surgical procedure he underwent in April has affected his skill to stroll and swing with ease. His rating, spare for one thing loopy, is irrelevant subsequent to how snug he appears taking pictures it.

Sens: I believe we are able to just about rely on Tiger’s recreation not being as much as his requirements this week. How may it’s? However I doubt how nicely he performs this week will decide how usually he performs this season. As James says, we all know Tiger goes to select his spots. The majors. Possibly Jack’s occasion. Possibly the Gamers. Possibly the Genesis. In the end, the deciding issue can be his well being, not how nicely he strikes it or putts it this week.

Hirsh: This week is about one factor: can he nonetheless stroll 72 holes? He’s solely achieved it two instances since his automotive accident. I don’t suppose his play means something this week and I believe it’s in all probability a great wager that he finishes twentieth within the subject of 20. But when he can stroll 72 holes with out limping too severely, it’ll nonetheless be a win.

3. Talking of Tiger, it was introduced final week that his tech-infused TGL golf league, which was presupposed to launch in January, will now be postponed till 2025 after its roof collapsed. Why such an extended delay? And can this setback have any lasting ramifications on the league, together with issues comparable to participant commitments?

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Sean Zak

Colgan: My intuition tells me the delay has extra to do with the golf schedule than the repairs essential to get the sector up and operating. The problem right here is timing: flying execs in for a Monday or Tuesday match, then flying them out to play a 72-hole match starting on Thursday. It’s a giant ask! Having it overlap with the foremost season was an excessive amount of to ask. 

Sens: Agreed, James. There was a window to get this began, and it closed when the roof collapsed. As for what occurs going ahead, like a lot else nowadays, that appears contingent largely on what occurs within the larger image, with the proposed merger. What if the framework settlement falls by means of and different huge names bounce to LIV? Would they be welcome on the TGL? Would they even wish to be part of? What about Tiger himself? What if he will get damage once more and may’t participate? What does that do to the league’s prospects and attraction? A lot is up within the air, to the purpose the place I don’t suppose it’s foolish to ask—is there an opportunity that the TGL doesn’t ever get off the bottom in any respect?

Hirsh: I believe the reason for the 12-month delay is definitely quite simple. Monday nights on ESPN are occupied from April to December with Monday Evening Baseball within the spring and summer season adopted by Monday Evening Soccer within the fall. TV is the place all the cash is, due to this fact they get to name the pictures. If the league was pushed again only a month or two for the dome’s restore, ESPN wouldn’t be capable of present matches in April or Could on its primary channel. I’m certain extra went into the choice than that, however cash talks and that’s the place nearly all of it was. I’m nonetheless optimistic we see the TGL in 2025.

4. The 2023 PGA Tour PIP outcomes are in! Rory McIlroy got here away with an enormous bonus with a bunch of different gamers cashing in too. In the meantime, Nate Lashley was the most recent to talk out in opposition to it, calling it “ridiculous” that $100 million was spent on simply 20 gamers. “Time for brand new management on the PGA Tour,” he wrote. “That is an absolute kick within the face to the remainder of the PGA Tour gamers.” What are your ideas?

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Sean Zak

Colgan: Patrick Mahomes’ cap hit this yr is $37.1 million. Jerrick McKinnon — a strong, vested veteran operating again — has a cap hit of $1.1 million. Can anyone work out why we haven’t heard Jerrick McKinnon complaining about Patrick Mahomes making 37x his wage? 

Sens: Lashley’s not incorrect. That’s loopy cash, lavished on a restricted few. Then once more, these are loopy days within the skilled recreation, fueled by irrational competitors for high expertise. So, yeah, it’s arduous to make old style sense out of the PIP cash. On the similar time, should you informed the common individual on the road in any a part of the world that somebody named Nate Lashley has made practically $7 million enjoying golf since 2018, they’d say that’s fairly nutty, too.

Hirsh: Nate Lashley desires a slice of that $100 million? Cool! Play higher and it’s yours! The PIP is meant to reward gamers to contribute most to the PGA Tour’s product. Followers are paying tons of of hundreds of {dollars} every week to see Rory McIlroy. Nate Lashley merely doesn’t promote tickets.

That stated, the PIP is being lowered again to $50 million subsequent yr with the distinction going into the FedEx Cup bonus pool and Comcast Enterprise High 10. So if Nate Lashley desires a chunk of that, and I digress, he must play higher as a result of he missed the FedEx Cup playoffs this yr.

5. Black Friday, Cyber Monday — there are golf offers galore proper now. What’s been one of the best membership, gadget or accent you’ve added to your bag over the previous yr?

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Colgan: I began enjoying Titleist’s new T100 collection irons and proceeded to shoot the bottom 5 scores of my {golfing} life. So I’d say that.

Sens: I acquired occurring the Golf Ceaselessly health program, which I can do from my house workplace, with a bar and bands that hook simply to the door. Easy, time-efficient workouts which have helped immensely with power and suppleness. Too unhealthy my swing is identical fragile assemblage of wildly shifting components.

Hirsh: I acquired to check out the Garmin S70 golf smartwatch earlier this fall and I preferred it a lot that I purchased one for my dad for the vacations. By no means did I believe I used to be a GPS man over a rangefinder, not to mention a watch wearer, however it’s tremendous fast to make use of and the opposite smartwatch options, like sleep monitoring, are nice for me.

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