Tiger Shoots 66 at Medalist, Agent Confirms Augusta Practice

The Masters - Round Three

A few days ago, there were many rumors swirling around that Tiger Woods was seen practicing at Augusta National as his jet was spotted at a Georgia airport. Well, his agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that he did indeed play 18 holes at Augusta according to Bob Harig of ESPN.com.

So, this left many people wondering if he will make his return to Augusta after all after it almost felt like it was a sure thing that he wasn’t going to play this year. Tiger also missed last year’s Masters as well.

But here’s something that could cheer you up if you’re a Tiger fan. At Medalist Golf Club which is his home course, Tiger shot the best round he’s shot in a while, shooting a 66.

Yup yup, Tiger decided to sharpen his claws once again as he tackled the tough Medalist. And Medalist Golf Club isn’t exactly a cake walk.

The course has practically an army of bunkers around most of the greens and on the 18th hole, you have be accurate both off the tee and on the approach shot. If it’s a windy day then good luck!

Despite the low score, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready for The Masters but we’ll have to wait and see. Even if he does, how do you think he’ll play?

If anything, he could have a decent tournament but are fans rushing him too much? Another thing to keep in mind, although he shot that 66 at medalist, Augusta is a different animal every year plus the heat of competition will be on his tracks as the young new predators in the wild are in the hunt for the green jacket.

But again, we shall see. It’s just alarming in a good way if you are a Tiger fan that he shot a 66.

And according to Tim Rosaforte via Twitter, Tiger chipped in for a birdie at Medalist. This was a major flaw in his game recently and was a huge reason why he was shooting such high scores.

I think I’m in the minority though, at least from a fan’s standpoint when I say that golf’s in terrific shape, even without Tiger. I think Tiger makes it a little better, but the young talent that’s out there today is unbelievable.

Now, we have another big hitter off the tee in Phoenix Open champ and rookie Brooks Koepka. Rory Mcilroy is going for the career grand slam.

Bubba Watson, although not the most liked by some fans, is trying to repeat as a Masters champion. The last golfer to do so? None other than Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth is hungry for the green jacket after letting a sleeve of it slip off his arm last year.

Adam Scott, who won it in 2013, has been a favorite choice for a lot of people going into this tournament. Adam is one of the few all-around players going into the tournament.

Dustin Johnson, who after his incident with crrraaackk (You have to shout that), one of the longest hitters in the game has been on fire lately and looks to challenge Augusta with his long tee shots.

Thing is, between Bubba and DJ, both have dominated off the tee. DJ is a bit more accurate than Bubba is yet when Bubba does get into trouble, he’s one of, if not the most dangerous recovery player on Tour.

Oh, and how can we forget Jimmy Walker, who is once again putting on a “Player of the Year” kind of performance has already won two tournaments this season. He without a doubt, could be the hottest player coming into this Masters.

I mentioned this on Twitter, Jimmy is one major away from being the best American player on Tour. I have a hard time beliveing that he won’t win one this year.

If he wins at Augusta, then it’ll be one heck of a way to win your first major. With all due respect to other terrific majors, the Masters is just king. Only the Masters captures the eye of all sports fans around the world.

So, even if Tiger doesn’t play again this year, there will be so many incredible story lines to keep up with at the Masters this year. If he does play, then great, another story to look at.

But it seems like a lot of you are panicking and I’m telling you take a deep breath because golf is in fantastic shape.

Bring on the Masters! Augusta is calling!

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Source for Tiger 66 story: CBSSports.com

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MUST WATCH: The Third Perfect Round in Mini Golf History

Ah, mini golf, one of our childhood favorite sports that everyone can enjoy. Some of us play it for fun and others play it on competitive level and take it to professional heights. Well, that’s what putt putt pro Rick Baird did as he accomplished one of the hardest feats in sports, nailing a perfect round of mini golf. A perfect round has only been recorded three times in the history of mini golf and this documentary by Grantland.com will make you love and appreciate mini golf a little more. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh! it’s just putt putt golf! Who friggin cares!”. Well I tell you what, you’ll be wowed after watching this short documentary and showing you the true pressure of one of sports trickiest skills. Putting. I found the feat quite amazing myself. Below is the video so please enjoy and thanks again to Grantland and thanks to CBS Sports as well!

This is such an awesome story no doubt and the one thing I love about mini golf is that it can be played anywhere at anytime and it’s a great way to get your golf fix if you can’t make the course that day. Mini golf works in different ways. Back in my old neighborhood, there were a few times where I went up to the local elementary school and putted in their parking lot and just aim for something. This was only just a few years ago when I did this and I would also would hit iron shots as well. Sometimes, the streets is your playground and I think mini golf is perfect for that environment and is quite a challenge if you’re rolling your putts on concrete. Big ups to you Rick! Amazing accomplishment!

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PHOTOS: Augusta National’s Magnolia Lane Covered in Snow and Ice Due to Snow Storm but it’s Actually Quite an Amazing Sight

Courtesy of CBS Sports

Courtesy of CBS Sports

Augusta National is known for its awe-inspiring beauty that has influenced the lives of many golfers and fans for years and this year shouldn’t be any different. Magnolia Lane has long been the famous entry way to the most recognized clubhouse in all of golf and Magnolia has been around long before the Masters began in 1934 (Back then, it was the Augusta Invitational). However, on Thursday, there were some interesting pictures of this great road that were taken on Twitter by Kevin Faigle, Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle, and the Weather Channel.

Weather Channel had some pretty amazing photos. One of a street in Augusta, GA effected by the snow storm and then another one shooting right down legendary Magnolia Lane through the fence.

Also, here’s another picture from back in January that’s absolutely gorgeous.

Courtesy of CBS Sports

Courtesy of CBS Sports

What makes this picture gorgeous is that it looks like the sun is shining on the sign as it sits in a winter wonderland.

So, what do you think of these pics? Perfect golf weather isn’t it? Let’s start the Masters RIGHT NOW. Come one everyone, let’s make a Facebook campaign to have the Masters tournament played right now with all the snow and ice! You know you want to! *nudge nudge*

Or…you could just wait until…spring.

The most important thing of course is to make sure everyone’s OK after the storm.

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Golf’s Greatest Tradition

the-masters-by-phillivingstondotcomIt is one of the biggest events in sports, it is hosted at one of the most beautiful places on earth, the trophy….is a green jacket and it is one of the top 5 trophies in sports.

It is The Masters. The Masters was created by my favorite golfer of all time and maybe even my favorite sports star of all time, Mr. Bobby Jones in the 1930’s and man did he create a legendary venue at the Augusta National Golf Club.

It is every golfer, fan, writer and reporters dream to attend The Masters either to play it, watch it or cover it for a newspaper, website, TV Network or radio station. Augusta is known to have some of the toughest holes in all of golf including the famous “Amen Corner” holes which are holes 11, 12 and 13 with no. 12 being the most famous of the three which is named “Golden Bell” and is arguably the toughest par 3 in the world because of the front of the green being so close to Rae’s Creek.

The golfer’s best bet is to choose an iron wisely and make sure to aim towards the middle or back of the green so that the ball doesn’t roll into Rae’s Creek. This is a hole where the bunkers might actually be the safest option.

Many of the worlds greatet golfers and writers have stepped foot on the grounds that is Augusta National including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Jamie Diaz (Golf Digest writer), Dan Jenkins (Legendary golf writer), Teddy Greenstien (Chicago Tribune golf writer) and Michael Collins (Radio play-by-play announcer and reporter, he’s HILARIOUS!). The Masters is also one of the toughest tickets in all of sports with prices ranging to the $10,000 mark making it a dream just to attend the event let alone play it or cover it.

The Masters was ranked as the no.1 event to attend in person, that’s right! NUMERO UNO! Think about it? It out beat the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup and even huge global phenomenons such as The Olympics, Fifa World Cup and Cricket World Cup! Although Augusta Georgia isn’t the most popular city in the world, one thing’s for sure, it is home to one of the most amazing and beautiful sporting events in the world and has inspired many people for decades…Welcome to The Masters.

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