The Masters has strict rules not seen anywhere else in sports. Here are the things that can get you thrown out or even arrested.

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The Masters is an old school tournament, barring patrons from even bringing their phones onto the course at Augusta National.

  • This weekend the best golfers in the world will meet at Augusta National to compete in the Masters.
  • Augusta National prides itself in tradition and carries some strict rules for patrons in attendance.
  • Check out the items that will get you stopped by security before you even take the course.
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Phones

Golf cell phones

Fans looking to post Instagram selfies with their favorite golfers at the Masters will have to find another way to share their content, as Augusta National forbids any phones. While there are plenty of signs to help patrons find their way around the course, meeting up with friends if you get separated could prove difficult without communication. For fans who need to reach someone off the course, payphones are available.

Bulky bags and backpacks

golf bags

Not allowing big bags has become a somewhat standard practice at many sporting events of late, but still, taking in hours and hours of golf and walking the course without a sizable pack could prove frustrating for some.

Beepers or other electronic devices

golf beeper

Proving how old school the Masters is, the tournament still has rules on the books regarding the use of beepers. So yeah, doctors better leave their pagers at home, as most others have for the past 15 years.

Cameras

golf cameras

Cameras are allowed on the course at Augusta National during the practice rounds but not once the tournament starts on Thursday. With so many fantastic views and sites to capture at Augusta National, it makes sense that fans looking to take home some memories on film would get to the tournament a day early to take advantage.

Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit)

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While apparently there was a time, as the above picture shows, that bringing guns on golf courses was a thing that happened, Augusta National has a strict policy against weapons of any kind. Regardless of your permit, you won’t be allowed onto the course armed.

Alcoholic beverages

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It should also come as no surprise that Augusta National would prefer fans don’t bring alcohol onto their pristine course. Thankfully, beer is reasonably priced, so golf fans can still enjoy a brew while taking in the action.

Beverage containers and coolers

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Similarly, the Masters does not want patrons walking the grounds with coolers filled with drinks. Again, there’s plenty of reasonably priced food and beverages available, so planning a Masters tailgate may be unnecessary.

Flags, banners, and signs

Golf sign

While fans at some golf tournaments have been encouraged to be rowdier of late, the Masters is as traditional as they come, with flags and signs banned.

Folding armchairs, rigid type chairs, or stools

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While Augusta National permits chairs, which are necessary for anyone hoping to watch up close at one of the greens for the majority of the day, it’s vital that patrons have the right type of seat. “If you bring a chair, make sure it’s a collapsible one without armrests,” is the official line, so the safest way to get a seat might merely be to buy one from the Pro Shop at Augusta to ensure it passes all inspections.

Ladders, periscopes, and selfie sticks

golf selfie stick

The people who run the Masters want to make sure everyone has a fair shot at the views offered at Augusta National, so selfie sticks and ladders are out of the question. If you want to be able to see a part of the golf course without jumping over the crowds, it’s probably best to arrive early.

Radios, TVs, and tape recorders

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It’s probably for the best that any and all electronics of yours are left at home if you’re planning on attending the Masters. If you need to keep up with something happening off the course, your best bet will be to make use of the phone bank.

Strollers

golf stroller

While there is no age restriction on the course, it’s best to use your head when planning on bringing children along to the Masters. Strollers are not allowed, meaning that should you bring a young child, you’ll be holding them for a large amount of the day.

The good news is that children aged 8-16 can attend for free if they are with somebody with a patron badge. They do not have to be related.

Read more: How to get tickets to the Masters, and how much it costs to get into one of the most exclusive sporting events in the world

Walkie-talkies

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While you’ll see rules officials walking the course with walkie-talkies, fans watching from the sidelines are forbidden from having them, just in case you thought you had found a workaround on the course’s phone ban.

Souvenirs not purchased in the official Augusta National shop

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This may be obvious, but don’t even think about taking something from the course, even a cup of sand.

In 2012, a patron decided to collect some sand in a beer cup as a souvenir. He was arrested and later recounted how the incident cost him approximately $20,000 and left him depressed.

Read more: A man who was arrested for taking sand from the Masters recounted how it cost him $20,000 and left him ‘seriously depressed’

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The Masters is one of the quirkiest events in sports with rules and traditions not seen anywhere else

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  • The Masters is one of the best sports events in the world.
  • Some of what makes the Masters so great is the quirky traditions found only at Augusta National.
  • From cheap food to strict rules and a bizarre lack of animals, it is a tradition unlike any other.
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Food prices are ridiculously low.

Masters food

Read more: Food at the Masters is so cheap, you could order one of everything, and it would only cost $56.50

Tipping is banned.

augusta concession stand

Source: NYT

Cell phones are prohibited at all times and cameras are not permitted during the tournament.

Rickie Fowler at the Masters

Read more: The Masters has strict rules not seen anywhere else in sports. Here are the things that can get you thrown out or even arrested.

It’s one of the only places in the U.S. where there are long lines for payphones.

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There’s a huge fence around the course to keep out animals. There has been one deer sighting in the last 65 years and visitors often talk of never seeing a single squirrel.

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Source: NYT

Birds are also mysteriously rarely seen at Augusta National. Bird sounds are heard during the television broadcasts, but there is a rumor that those sounds are artificial.

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“Also, there are no birds, squirrels, insects or any other living creature indigenous to planet earth at the Masters. Nowhere on the property. Well, okay, there must be some somewhere. But the Post’s Dave Sheinin and I made a multi-day quest for a single bird sighting. So far, none. Those bird calls that you sometimes hear on the Masters broadcast? The source remains undiscovered.” — Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

The lakes are also reportedly artificially enhanced to look immaculate on TV. Golf Digest tested the water on one hole in 1996 and found food dye.

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Source: Golf Digest

But like many golf courses, there is good fishing at Augusta National. The players, though, don’t like to talk about it because it is forbidden.

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In 2011, Monte Burke of Forbes interviewed golfers about the best fishing spots on the PGA Tour. When Augusta was brought up, he described their responses as “squeamish” and they only admitted to hearing there were some good spots.

A former caddie was willing to tell Burke that the best spots are the creek in front of the 12th hole (“full of bream”; seen above) and the pond at the 16th hole (“brimming with bass”).

Only 4 minutes of commercials per hour are allowed during the broadcast.

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Source: ESPN

TV commentators are not allowed to refer to fans as “fans” or “spectators.” They are to be called “patrons.” In fact, weekly passes to the Masters are called “patron badges.”

Masters patrons with badges on their hats

The rough is also to be referred to as the “second cut.”

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Source: The Age

The Masters banned CBS broadcaster Gary McCord in 1995 for saying, “They don’t cut the greens here at Augusta, they use bikini wax.”

gary mccord

Source: SI

Players had to use local caddies provided by Augusta until 1983. Players still must use local caddies if they play at Augusta outside of Masters week.

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Source: ESPN

Players are allowed to use their own caddies now, but they have to wear the Augusta uniform – green hat, white jumpsuit.

Russell Henley

Fans … oops, we mean patrons … patrons aren’t allowed to wear their hats backwards.

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Source: NYT

Patrons can bring collapsible chairs to sit on, but those chairs are not allowed to have armrests.

Masters fan

Source: Augusta.com

Running is not allowed, unless you are a player.

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Grounds crew members used to wear hard hats.

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The course used cows as lawnmowers in the 1940s.

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A close-up picture of the fairways at Augusta.

Augusta is its own universe with a tenuous connection to the outside world (see: all the ridiculous anecdotes in this slideshow).

But WWII affected Augusta just like it did the rest of the country. During the war, Augusta didn’t have the manpower to maintain the course, so they set 200 cattle loose on the grounds in hopes that they would “trim” the grass by eating it.

There is an odd myth that the grounds crew at Augusta packs the azalea plants with ice if spring comes early. The idea is that this will keep the plants from flowering too soon before the tournament.

Jordan Spieth at the Masters

Read more: This year’s Masters may help disprove a bizarre conspiracy theory about the tournament and its flowers

There is a house located in the middle of the Augusta National parking lot because the owners refuse to sell it. The family has reportedly turned down “millions.”

Augusta House Skitch

Read more: A family keeps turning down millions for their house next to the Masters golf course

You can’t apply to become a member at Augusta and nobody outside of Augusta knows how many members there are.

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It’s nearly impossible to become a member at Augusta.

You have to be be nominated by a current Augusta member, and new initiations generally aren’t accepted unless someone quits or dies. The total membership hovers around 300.

Source: Augusta.com

Augusta is closed in the summer to keep the course in pristine shape.

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Even the press conference podium is immaculate.

tiger woods podium

Golfers must return their green jacket to Augusta National one year after winning the Masters. After that, their jacket can only be worn when they are at Augusta National.

Sergio Garcia

Also, if a player wins more than one Masters, he does not receive a second green jacket unless his size changes considerably.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

Read more: Sergio Garcia does not get to keep his green jacket for winning the Masters, but he does get a replica trophy

There is no set field size for the Masters. Therefore, past winners who get a lifetime invitation to competing in the Masters are not taking spots from younger, more deserving players.

Bernhard Langer

Read more: How to qualify for the Masters, the world’s most prestigious golf tournament

Players are given brand new Mercedes for use during the week.

Mercedes at the Masters

Golf cart drivers who are hired to drive the players around Augusta National also pick up the golfers at the airport in the Mercedes they will be using. The cars also have a number in the back window so that employees can always identify the players by which car they are in.

Read more: What it’s like to drive Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and other pro golfers around at the Masters, according to one woman who did it

Tickets are dirt cheap; only $375 for a patron badge that grants you access to the entire week. But getting one is a lot like Green Bay Packers season tickets. There is a waiting list and it has been closed since 2000. A limited number of single-day tickets are sold via lottery each year. Those are $115 for the tournament rounds and $75 for practice rounds.

Masters Patron Badges

Read more: How to get tickets to the Masters, one of the most exclusive sporting events in the world

You can go to jail for selling tickets.

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Twenty-four people were arrested outside Augusta in 2012 for trying to scalp tickets.

The course is insane about who it lets into the tournament and it’s illegal to sell tickets within 2,700 feet of the gates.

You can also go to jail for trying to take sand home as a souvenir.

augusta national sand

In 2012, Clayton Baker made headlines when he made a quick run to a bunker to get some sand to take home. He was quickly arrested and thrown in jail. The charges were ultimately dropped, but he says the incident cost him $20,000 and led to depression because of how he was treated. 

Read more: A man who was arrested for taking sand from the Masters recounted how it cost him $20,000 and left him ‘seriously depressed’

Meanwhile, those bunkers at Augusta are filled with mining waste.

Jordan Spieth

You know those pristine white bunkers?

They’re actually composed of waste product from the mining of aluminum, according to Golf.com

Basically, a company that mines feldspar (rocks) for aluminum has a process that produces waste in the form of really bright, pure quartz — that’s what Augusta uses.

You can only ask for autographs in one part of the course.

Jordan Spieth at the Masters

Fans always line the ropes at big tournaments in hopes of getting a signature. But this is tougher to do at Augusta.

You can only try and solicit an autograph on the Washington Road side of the clubhouse, near the practice facilities.

The old media center was enormous.

Masters old media center

Augusta opened a new media center in 2017 and it is gorgeous.

Masters Media Center

The new pro shop is unlike any other in sports. It is the only place to buy Masters gear, and they offer 125 different styles of caps.

Masters pro shop hallway

Read more: The Masters’ new pro shop at Augusta National will make any golf fan drool

Now check out what the biggest stars at the Masters used to look like.

Rory McIlroy

Photos show what golf’s biggest stars looked like when their careers started

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How to watch the Masters tournament when the golf competition begins on April 8

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  • The Masters is one of professional golf’s four major tournaments.
  • You can watch all the action for free starting April 8 at Masters.com or via the Masters mobile app.
  • Select coverage will also be available on ESPN, CBS, ESPN+, and Paramount Plus.

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The Masters is one of the most cherished tournaments in sports, and its iconic green jacket is the object of desire for golfers around the world.

The tournament, the first of the PGA’s four majors, is scheduled to begin on April 8 and will run through April 11. Unlike last year’s competition, this year’s event will allow in-person fans to watch their favorite golfers in action. For the first time since 2019, the tournament will take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Although 2019 winner Tiger Woods will be absent from this year’s edition, 2020 champion Dustin Johnson hopes to defend his title. Other top golfers, including Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth, hope to grab the green jacket in 2021.

How to watch the Masters 2021

The Masters will begin on April 8 and the tournament will conclude on April 11. Coverage will be spread across a few different broadcast stations and online sources, including ESPN, CBS, CBS Sports, Masters.com, the Masters app, ESPN+, and Paramount Plus.

You can stream the Masters Tournament for free through the Masters website and mobile app

The most comprehensive way to stream the Masters is through the Masters.com website or the Masters mobile app. Both the website and the app are free and don’t require an account or TV provider.

Through the app and website, you’ll be able to watch four rounds of streams from select groups and select holes, such as Augusta National Golf Course’s Amen Corner.

Aside from select streams, you can also choose certain players to add to a “My Group” list. Once you choose players to watch, you can start streaming all their shots live from the tournament. This is the only way you can catch golfers with the earliest tee times each round.

The only downside to using the website or app is that playback will be limited to a mobile device or web browser. If you want easy access to the Masters on your TV, you can catch select coverage on ESPN and CBS, as well as streaming services like ESPN+ and Paramount Plus.

The Masters: ESPN and CBS schedule

ESPN will broadcast select coverage from the first and second rounds of the Masters. CBS will offer select coverage from the third and fourth rounds of the tournament.

Round

Coverage starts

Channel

Round 1

3 p.m. ET on April 8

ESPN

Round 2 3 p.m. ET on April 9 ESPN
Round 3

3 p.m. ET on April 10

CBS

Round 4 2 p.m. ET on April 11 CBS

The cheapest way to watch ESPN’s first and second round broadcasts without cable is via Sling TV.

Sling’s Orange plan costs $35 a month and includes the ESPN channel, along with several other popular networks like TNT, AMC, and CNN. You can find a full breakdown of Sling’s channel offerings here.

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Outside of the ESPN cable network’s broadcast, you can also get access to select groups and holes from the tournament through ESPN+.

The platform costs $6 a month or $60 a year. ESPN+ can also be bundled with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month. It’s important to remember, however, that ESPN+ does not include access to the live ESPN channel.

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If you want to watch the third and fourth round broadcasts on CBS without cable, your cheapest streaming option is Paramount Plus. Paramount Plus costs $6 a month for ad-supported streaming, or $10 a month for ad-free streaming. Commercial-free playback is only available when watching on-demand content.

Like ESPN+, Paramount Plus will also offer streams of select groups and holes that won’t be part of the TV broadcast. You can find our full Paramount Plus review here.

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Donald Trump Jr. shared a mocking video that showed Biden falling after getting struck in the head by the former president’s golf ball

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Donald Trump Jr. speaks Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC, prior to the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol.

  • Donald Trump Jr. mocked President Joe Biden for falling on the steps of Air Force One on Friday.
  • Biden stumbled three times and fell once as he ascended the steps to board the plane.
  • Trump Jr. posted to Twitter a video showing his father striking Biden with a golf ball and causing him to fall.
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Donald Trump Jr. shared a video on Twitter mocking President Joe Biden’s three stumbles on Friday.

The video showed former President Donald Trump taking a shot on the golf course – one of his favorite pastimes. The golf ball Trump hit flew into the greenery and came back in another frame, striking Biden in the head and knocking him down on the steps of Air Force One.

“It wasn’t the wind folks,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

Biden slipped twice as he climbed up the steps Friday. The third time, he stumbled and fell down.

At the top of the steps, Biden, 78, looked back and waved before boarding the plane.

Biden’s age and history of foot injuries led to reporters asking questions about his health after the three stumbles.

White House communications staff members told reported that Biden is unharmed and doing well.

“It’s pretty windy outside,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself. He is doing 100% fine.”

Trump Jr.’s tweet was met with backlash from Twitter users, including some celebrities and journalists.

“Does every member of the trump family have the intellect of an angry kindergartener?” one user wrote in response to his post. Another user said they reported the tweet and cited it as “disrespectful.”

Trump Jr.’s tweet did not violate Twitter policies, according to The Hill, which cited a spokesperson from the social media platform.

Weeks after winning the 2020 presidential election, Biden fractured his foot while playing with his dog Major.

Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s doctor, said in a statement that a scan “confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot.”

At the time, O’Connor said that “it is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”

Biden, 78, is the country’s oldest president. During his campaign against Trump, Biden vehemently denied having any issues with his health. He and his campaign dismissed all health concerns, as well as released a medical report last year from Biden’s doctor. The report said Biden is “healthy” and “vigorous.”

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26 examples of Tiger Woods’ extraordinary competitiveness

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Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods is one of the most fiercely competitive golfers in the world.

However, after his recent car accident, many are wondering if he will ever be able to play golf again. One form pro golfer who is now an orthopedic surgeon is optimistic that Woods can compete again, although he does have a long recovery ahead of him.

What we do know is that if anybody can overcome his injuries to return to the PGA Tour, it is Tiger Woods as nobody is more competitive. Relive some of the greatest examples of Woods’ competitiveness below:

When Woods was 14 he said he could be the Michael Jordan of golf.

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Source: Golf.com

He has practiced before and after competitive rounds: He was spotted playing in the dark at the 2011 PGA Championship.

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Source: Nike Golf

He used to have a crazy, non-stop daily routine.

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Woods recently revealed what his daily routine was when he was younger:

I used to get up in the morning, run four miles. Then I’d go to the gym, do my lift. Then I’d hit balls for two to three hours, I’d go play, come back, work on my short game, I’d go run another four more miles, and then if anyone wanted to play basketball or tennis, I would go play basketball or tennis. That was a daily routine. I’m not doing any of that now.”

According to his former trainer, Hank Haney, Tiger’s marathon training days would last for 13 hours.

Tiger Woods

Read more: Tiger Woods’ former trainer says Tiger used to have a laborious training schedule that included 13 hours of practice

He’s so obsessed with working out – he even does it in the middle of the night.

Tiger Woods Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy said he used to receive texts from Tiger at 4 am saying he couldn’t sleep, so he would go lift.

Read more: Rory McIlroy says Tiger Woods texts him in the middle of the night from the gym because he can’t sleep

His former coach claims that he injured himself doing insane, Olympic-style weightlifting exercises to get stronger.

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Source: ESPN

He played with a broken leg and torn ACL at the 2008 US Open and won.

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Source: ESPN

Prior to the 2019 PGA Championship, Tiger was asked about John Daly getting permission to use a cart. Tiger grinned and referred back to that U.S. Open win, saying, “as far as J.D. taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg.”

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Woods was not known be very friendly on the golf course during his prime, making plenty of rivals throughout his career.

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He once fired an iconic death stare at his ex-caddie Steve Williams after their messy breakup.

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Phil Mickelson has been one of Tiger’s top rivals, though it appears the two are now friendlier than ever.

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When Woods and Mickelson played a practice round together before the 2018 Masters, it was so surreal that McIlroy actually told Tiger, “I never thought I’d see the day: Tiger and Phil playing a practice round at Augusta.”

Of course, he still had to have some fun afterward, saying Mickelson’s button-down golf shirt was missing a tie.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Read more: Phil Mickelson’s button-down shirt raised eyebrows during a Masters practice round with Tiger Woods

Though he has rivalries, he also sends tough love toward other golfers. He once gave McIlroy some odd motivation before a tournament.

Tiger Woods Rory McIlroy

From McIlroy:

“He told me to get my finger out of my a** and win this week.”

Source: Jason Sobel/ESPN

Tiger hates losing – in all sports.

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Tiger’s caddie Joe LaCava said he once beat Tiger nine times in a row at HORSE, and Tiger wouldn’t talk to him the rest of the day.

Source: Golf.com

He refuses to give an edge in any competition, even ping pong.

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Jack Nicklaus recently told a story about watching Tiger and Mickelson play ping pong. When Mickelson won a round after switching sides, Tiger refused to keep playing.

“Phil says, ‘Hey Tiger, how about a game of ping pong?’ ‘Sure, let’s play.’ So Tiger plays, and Tiger wins the first game. They play another one, Tiger wins the second game.

“Phil says ‘I’ve got this buffet behind me… let’s switch ends.’ They switch ends, Phil wins.

“Phil says ‘OK, come on Tiger, let’s play one more.’

“Tiger says ‘Phil, two to one.’ And he never played him again the rest of the week.”

Source: For the Win

He doesn’t take it easy on anyone, including his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. She said he won every time they played ping pong or tennis.

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Source: USA Today

He felt guilty about using an air tank while spearfishing, so he learned to free dive without one.

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Source: OC Register

He loves a good challenge.

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Pro golfer Maverick McNealy told a story about Tiger accepting a challenge to hit a building in a canyon with a golf ball. He did it in two tries, then did it again.

“Tiger hits one. And he’s like, ‘Oh, it’s about 10 yards right.’ My dad said, ‘Yeah, 50 yards short of anything.’ And he had a little house, a little roof, way down there [in the canyon]. And Tiger was like, ‘Give me another ball.’ So he gets another ball, tees it up, hits it and says, ‘That’s right on it.’

And it’s a dead quiet, dead still evening. And the ball’s going, going, going. Then I hear, bam! Right off the roof. And so we all run inside, giggling and laughing. The roof had to have been 400 yards out there and 50 feet, maybe more, dropped down into a canyon valley. And Tiger says, ‘Oh, I’m going to do that again.’ So he gets out, puts another ball down, rips it. And bam! Rips it off the roof again. We said, ‘OK, we’re done. We’re done.'”

Source: Golf.com

He changed his swing in 2002 after winning eight majors because it wasn’t perfect enough.

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Source: Time

He has since changed his swing several times, leading to some criticism from those in the golf world.

tiger woods swing

Read more: Golf analyst says Tiger Woods has wrecked his career by changing his swing

He loved the military, so he reportedly tried to join the Navy SEALs.

Tiger Woods

In his book, “The Big Miss,” ex-coach Hank Haney claimed that Tiger was obsessed with the military.

Not only did he go on six excursions at Navy SEAL “kill houses,” he seriously considering trying to join the SEALs before his agent talked him out of it.

In 2000 he took a gamble and switched to a solid-core ball that no one else was using. Two years later, the entire tour was using it.

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In the 12 months after he changed balls, he won nine tournaments and all four majors.

He doesn’t joke around on the course.

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From Robert Lusetich at Fox Sports:

Once, at the Masters, when Mickelson watched his rival [Tiger] hit a three-wood past his driver, he asked Woods if he always hit fairway woods so far.

“No,” said Woods, pulling his tee from the ground before marching down the fairway, “Sometimes further.”

Source: Fox Sports

His numerous comebacks from injuries prove how hard-working he is.

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Upon returning to golf in 2015 after an injury, Woods said:

“Competing is still the same. I’m trying to beat everybody out there. That hasn’t changed. I prepare to win and expect to go and do that… The only difference is that I won the Masters when Jordan [Spieth] was still in diapers.”

At the 2019 Masters, where Tiger won his 15th major and proved he was finally back, reportedly cursed himself out in a bathroom in private after 2 straight bogeys. He then rebounded to win the green jacket.

Tiger Woods

Read more: Tiger Woods reportedly cursed himself out in a bathroom in private after 2 straight bogeys, then rebounded to win the Masters with some simple advice from his caddie

This quote about why he plays golf sums it up.

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Source: Golf Channel

Now check out how Tiger lives his life off the course.

Tiger Woods

Here’s how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course

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Here is what we know about the Genesis GV80 that Tiger Woods was driving when he crashed

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2021 Genesis GV80.

  • The interior of the Genesis GV80 helped cushion Tiger Woods during the crash, according to the LA County Sheriff.
  • Genesis is the sponsor of the PGA Tour tournament Woods was hosting last week.
  • Car and Driver gave the vehicle a rating of 10/10.
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Tiger Woods remains hospitalized in Los Angeles with injuries he sustained in a rollover car crash this week, an accident the LA County Sheriff’s Office said could have been worse if the golfer hadn’t been cushioned by his SUV’s interior.

Woods was driving a Genesis GV80, the brand’s first SUV. Genesis is a luxury brand sold by Korean automaker Hyundai. 

During Tuesday’s crash, the vehicle’s front end and and bumpers were destroyed, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a press conference. But the interior of the car was not severely damaged, helping Woods survive, Villanueva said. 

“The interior of the vehicle was more or less intact which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would’ve been a fatal crash,” Villanueva said.

Genesis is the sponsor of the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour tournament that Woods was hosting at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

The company didn’t respond to Insider’s request for comment. But, Genesis Motor North America CEO Mark Del Rosso said in a statement Tuesday he was “heartbroken to hear that Tiger was in an accident this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

Some of the GV80’s safety features include an omnidirectional anti-collision technology that analyzes driving conditions as they occur, according to the Genesis GV80 website.

Additionally, a 10-Airbag System is installed that includes “a center airbag between the two front seats, to help prevent collisions between passengers and subsequent impact injuries,” it said.

The GV80 is also equipped with a blind-spot collision avoidance technology that evasively steers the car to safety to avoid a collision in case the drive is changing lanes or when another vehicle is changing lanes and is approaching towards the car’s rear, the company said on its website. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t released crash-test results or overall safety ratings for the GV80. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said on Wednesday on Twitter that the GV80 is currently being tested and results should be announced next month.

The vehicle has a starting price of $48,500 for entry level models. The premier 3.5T Prestige model is priced at over $70,000. 

The 2021 GV80 received strong reviews from Car and Driver, with a 10/10 rating. “With a sumptuously appointed and whisper-quiet cabin, the 2021 GV80 is exactly the flagship SUV the Genesis brand needs to be taken seriously by American consumers,” the magazine wrote. 

The GV80 is the fourth Genesis model after Hyundai decided to separate the luxury Genesis models from its high-end car models.

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Pro-golfer Michelle Wie roasts Rudy Giuliani after he shared a crude ‘panties’ story about her on Steve Bannon’s podcast

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Michelle Wie (L) speaks during a press conference on June 18, 2019 in Chaska, Minnesota. Rudy Giuliani (R) talks to journalists outside the White House on July 1, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • Rudy Giuliani shared a juvenile story about pro-golfer Michelle Wie on Steve Bannon’s podcast on Thursday.
  • Giuliani recalled a charity event in 2014 where Wie’s “strange putting stance” showed her “panties.”
  • The golfer tweeted: “I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face…while objectifying me.”
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Professional golfer Michelle Wie West clapped back at former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani after he shared a story about being able to see her underwear as she putted during a charity fundraiser in 2014.

Giuliani appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast on Thursday to speak about conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died earlier that day.

During the podcast, Giuliani, aged 76, reminisced about playing golf alongside Limbaugh and Wie West during a charity event back in 2014. 

The former New York City mayor recalled that Limbaugh was complaining about the presence of “paparazzi” who were following the group around had blamed Giuliani’s presence for it.

But Giuliani told Limbaugh that the photographers were actually only there for Wie West. 

“On the green is Michelle Wie and she is getting ready to putt,” Giuliani said. “Now Michelle Wie is gorgeous. She’s six feet. And she has a strange putting stance. She bends all the way over. And her panties show. And the press was going crazy…They were trying to take pictures of her panties.”

“I said ‘[Rush], it’s not me, it’s not you. It’s her panties,” Giuliani continued.

After an uncomfortable silence, Giuliani asks: “Is it OK to tell that joke?”

“We already told it so, I don’t know,” Bannon responded.

Watch the moment below:

Wie West took to Twitter to respond to the podcast on Friday night, saying that it was “unsettling” to hear the “highly inappropriate” story.

Wie, who does not address Giuliani by name, wrote: “What this person should have remembered from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field, leading our team to victory.

“I shudder thinking he was smiling to my face and complimenting my game while objectifying me and referencing my ‘panties’ behind my back all day,” she continued.

“What should be discussed is the elite skill level that women play at, not what we wear or look like. My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the US Open that year), NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt!” Wie West added.

 

Wie West’s tweet has since gotten more than 66,000 likes and also the support of The United States Golf Association (USGA), which tweeted on Friday: “Sexism has no place in golf or in life. We are always in your corner.”

Wie West is a five-time winner on the LPGA tour. At the age of just 10, she was the youngest player ever to qualify for a USGA amateur championship.

She won the US Women’s Open in 2014 and is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter in June.

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An inside look at Hainan, ‘the Hawaii of China,’ where Jack Ma was reportedly spotted golfing at a 5-star resort in recent weeks

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The Sun Valley Golf Resort in Hainan.

For three months, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has been keeping out of the public eye as China has cracked down on his businesses.

His sole public appearance was a 50-second video appearance at the end of January, during which he made brief remarks to rural teachers from across China.

But according to a Bloomberg report, the Alibaba and Ant Group founder was spotted playing golf at the Sun Valley Golf Resort in Hainan, China, in recent weeks. The upscale resort includes a 27-hole golf course, a clubhouse, and a restaurant.

Such clubs aren’t hard to find in Hainan, the island province in southern China that’s known as “the Hawaii of China” thanks to its tropical climate, luxurious beach resorts, and golf courses.

Here’s what it’s like to vacation in Hainan.

Hainan is China’s smallest and southernmost province, made up of more than 200 islands.

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The main island is the 12,700-square-mile Hainan Island, which is home to about 9 million people and is a major tourist destination.

More than 83 million tourists visited Hainan in 2019, according to China Daily.

Hainan has been nicknamed the “Hawaii of China” because of its tropical climate, sandy beaches, and upscale hotels and golf clubs.

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A view of the city of Sanya in Hainan, China.

In recent years, the province has been trying to attract new residents and foreign investments.

In 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping designated Hainan as China’s largest free-trade zone and introduced new subsidized housing and fast-track work visas to attract new residents.

The government announced in 2018 that Americans could visit Hainan for up to 30 days without a visa.

Jack Ma, the billionaire Chinese businessman who’s been out of the public eye for three months, has reportedly been spending some time playing golf at one of Hainan’s luxurious resorts.

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Jack Ma.

Bloomberg reported on February 10 that Ma had been spotted playing at Hainan’s Sun Valley Golf Resort in “recent weeks.” Sources said he appeared to be a “golfing novice.” 

The Alibaba and Ant Group founder has reportedly been “lying low” in recent months as Chinese regulators cracked down on his businesses. Speculation on his whereabouts started when Ma failed to appear on the finale of the African talent show he created in November. In October, Ma had publicly criticized China’s banking rules.

He wasn’t seen at all for more than two months until January 20, when he made some brief remarks to rural teachers in a 50-second videoconference call. 

Representatives for Ma’s companies did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment for this story.

The Sun Valley Golf Resort where Ma was reportedly seen includes a clubhouse, a restaurant and club bar, and a sauna.

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The Sun Valley Golf Resort in Hainan.

The 27-hole course was designed by JMP Golf Design Group, a company that has designed high-end courses all over the world in countries including the US, France, Japan, Malaysia, and Mexico.

The club overlooks Yalong Bay near Sanya, a city on Hainan’s southern coast.

Sanya, Hainan’s most popular tourist destination, boasts more than 25 miles of coastline, a lively city center, and plenty of luxury hotels including a St. Regis, a Ritz-Carlton, a Rosewood, and an Edition hotel.

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Sanya is “China’s premier beach community,” according to Lonely Planet.

One of Sanya’s most luxurious hotels is the Mandarin Oriental, where guests can stay in a variety of suites, villas, and pavilions.

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The hotel is situated on a protected coral bay and has three swimming pools, a swim-up cocktail bar, and a spa.

A night’s stay in March starts at about $360.

Sanya’s beaches can be particularly crowded between November and February.

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During this time period, many northern Chinese head down for a tropical vacation in the island province.

Hainan also attracts so many tourists from Russia that many of the signs and restaurant menus are written in Cyrillic in addition to Chinese and English, according to the South China Morning Post.

Sanya’s Phoenix Island, an artificial archipelago with multiple hotels, restaurants, luxury apartment buildings, a conference center, and a marina, has drawn comparisons to Dubai.

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Phoenix Island in Sanya.

Phoenix Island is connected to the city by a long bridge that’s only open to guests.

It’s not uncommon to see luxury yachts on the water in Sanya.

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In fact, Sanya’s yachting industry grew in 2020 during the pandemic, with a 28% uptick in new yacht registrations, according to the Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper.

Sanya’s Houhai Beach is popular with snorkelers and surfers.

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Surfers on Houhai Beach in Sanya in December 2019.

The city of Sanya may be Hainan’s tourism mecca, but visitors are also drawn to its laid-back capital city, Haikou, its rural fishing villages, and its less developed West Coast with its tropical rainforests.

The Sun Valley Golf Resort where Ma was spotted is far from the only place to golf on Hainan. The island is home to multiple golf courses, and the temperate climate means it’s possible to play year-round.

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A Hainan golf course.

The sport of golf is growing in China, even though Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, once dismissed it as a “sport for millionaires.”

Hainan is one of the few global destinations that’s seen a tourist revival during the pandemic – and the CEOs of luxury brands have taken notice, according to a recent Bloomberg report.

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Customers shop in Sanya in October 2020. O

After a 90% drop-off in tourism in the spring, Hainan saw a resurgence in the last half of 2020 that was driven mainly by domestic travelers, per Reuters. In October, 9.6 million people visited the island — more than the year before. The island has been virtually virus-free for eight months.

Luxury sales in Hainan have been “on fire” recently, John Idol, CEO of fashion holding company Capri Holdings, which owns Michael Kors and Versace, said recently on a conference call with analysts.

Patrice Louvet, the CEO of Ralph Lauren, told Bloomberg: “Hainan is a strategic priority for us. Every business is looking at it.”

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