Tiger Woods is so immensely talented that he was only mildly content with the second round 61 that he shot at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He went so far as to say that it wouldn’t even crack the top 10 best rounds that he’s played. One of the reasons is that he has carded a 59 before, albeit not in a tournament format. So, in reality, a 61 isn’t that big of a deal to him.
He was discussing his lack of excitement surrounding his 61 when he mentioned one of the times that he shot a 59. It was in a match at Isleworth in Florida against his good friend Mark O’Meara. While there weren’t millions of dollars and world golf ranking points on the line, Woods said that he managed to take his buddy for some pretty significant cash. “He lost a boatload,” Woods said.
Apparently it didn’t end there, however. Woods was gracious enough to give O’Meara a shot to redeem himself. And O’Meara didn’t fare much better the second time around. “The very next day an even better story is that we played nine holes and I was 5 under through nine holes, then I parred 10 and made a hole in one at 11,” Tiger said. “He just drove his cart home.” Oh to be a fly on the wall – or golf cart – during one of those rounds.
PGA Tour players getting together for friendly matches with one another is a relatively common occurrence, especially because so many of them belong to the same clubs. What better way to improve your game than by competing against some of the best in the world when there’s not millions of dollars on the line. And everything gets more interesting when there’s money on the line.