- Tiger Woods got called out on social media for playing a practice round at the site of the 2022 PGA Championship.
- Many golf fans didn’t like that, thought it was unnecessary and very loudly had his back.
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When Tiger Woods showed up in Tulsa last week to play a practice round at the site of the 2022 PGA Championship that’s being held later this month everyone was very excited.
Well, almost everyone.
While the Tulsa area was so hyped to have Tiger Woods playing a practice round at Southern Hills a local news station sent out a helicopter to watch him play, one Twitter account with a conspicuous history decided that it was unfair.
The Twitter account, GolfFACTS, long rumored to be associated with another PGA Tour player’s family, wrote, “I wonder what it’s like to have the Director of Golf at Southern Hills give you ALL the course notes you need for the upcoming @PGAChampionship. Do all players get this treatment @PGA? For @TigerWoods this is just embarrassing that @PGA posted this photo & it’s very telling.”
I wonder what it’s like to have the Director of Golf at Southern Hills give you ALL the course notes you need for the upcoming @PGAChampionship Do all players get this treatment @PGA? For @TigerWoods this is just embarrassing that @PGA posted this photo & it’s very telling. pic.twitter.com/TAf3siYsHO
— GolfFACTS (@useGolfFACTS) May 1, 2022
Tiger Woods got called out by a suspicious Twitter account and golf fans didn’t like it
In the photos being questioned, Cary Cozby, the director of golf at Southern Hills Country Club, is seen caddying for Woods during his practice round and offering some insight.
— Ken MacLeod (@okgolf2) April 28, 2022
Many on Twitter couldn’t understand why Woods and the PGA would be criticized for playing a practice round, especially since Tiger was out of action for so long prior to his re-emergence at this years Masters. That is, unless that Twitter account does belong to someone in another PGA Tour player’s camp.
Dude it's not the nuclear codes. Any player can get tips from anybody else. Tiger often takes young guys around Augusta in practice rounds to show them where to hit it. Relax. https://t.co/V77KGhL6hK— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) May 1, 2022
One of the perks of being Director of Golf at a major venue is meeting Tour Pros, playing with the pros and sharing course info. Like this isn’t new? Same goes for the head pro.— Brian (@Brian715_ER) May 1, 2022
Those who do not utilize the resources available to them are no better than those who have no resources at all. If you’re @TigerWoods and have this resource at your disposal…why would you NOT use it? #worksmarternotharder— Josh Schmucker (@JoshSchmucker) May 1, 2022
Yes. Every pro gets this if they call ahead. This is ridiculous.— Dick W. Schulz (@DickSchulz) May 1, 2022
As for the round itself, Cozby spoke to SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio about it.
"There's 30-40 people in the trees…with television cameras and phones"
Southern Hills Professional Cary Cozby caddied for Tiger Woods yesterday. He described the wild scene to Michael Breed on A New Breed of Golf.@MichaelBreed I @TigerWoods I @PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/uyOJVO4Ysc
— SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (@SiriusXMPGATOUR) April 29, 2022
“It’s amazing what he has to deal with on a daily basis,” Cozby said. “He came through the gate. He didn’t even come to the clubhouse because he knew what he’d have to deal with and went straight to the range. They sent a text said, ‘Hey, we’re on the practice tee. I’ll meet you on the first tee.’ And of course our clubhouse is open so we probably had 20 people, the patio, the golf shop’s right off the first tee. So there were probably 20 members that slipped out there to watch him. He didn’t look up, hit his shot. Second hole, there’s a helicopter. Fourth hole, there’s 50 to 70 people up on the hill overlooking that hole. And by the time we get to six there’s 30 to 40 people in the trees across the street with television cameras and phones and pictures, and [saying] ‘We love you, Tiger. Go get ’em, Tiger. Great shot, Tiger.’ Just amazing.”