The Shag Bag
20 MAR 2018
Reed and Black
Anyone who has been watching the PGA Tour since 2013 knows that Patrick Reed likes to wear red and black every Sunday as an homage to his idol, Tiger Woods. However, the throngs of casual viewers who tuned into the Valspar Championship two Sundays ago solely to watch Tiger Woods compete were not all aware of that fact. And they did not take kindly to Reed’s outfit, unleashing their vitriol on Twitter throughout the course of the final round. Just look at some of these nasty tweets:
Did this Reed guy dress exactly like Sunday Tiger to mess with everyone?— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 11, 2018
Patrick reed wearing red and black on Sunday while tiger is playing is an absolute travesty.— Keith (@Izzy_iz_busy) March 11, 2018
Nike needs to drop Patrick Reed for wearing red and black on Tiger Sunday. Disgrace.— Natalie Hostetter (@total_nat_move_) March 11, 2018
Of course, it should be pointed out that not only does Tiger not own the exclusive rights to wearing red and black on Sunday; he wasn’t even the first professional golfer to do so on the PGA Tour!
Lee Trevino had been famously donning red and black for more than a decade before Woods was born, and the Merry Mex has never once accused Tiger of stealing his style. So, let’s lay off poor Patrick, and his Sunday attire, in the future. He needs all of the love that he can get at the moment, after blowing his chance to win the Valspar with this terrible putt on the final hole.
What Are the Odds?
You may have thought that Tiger would have needed to win at least one tournament to become the overall favourite heading into Augusta National next month. However, it turned out that the man only needed a single runner-up finish at Innisbrook and a hot start at Bay Hill to make the jump. Shortly after making birdies on three of his opening seven holes at Arnie’s house, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released an updated Masters odds list that had the 14-time major champion atop all contenders at 8:1!
2018 Masters updated— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) March 15, 2018
T Woods 8/1
D Johnson 9/1
J Thomas 9/1
J Spieth 12/1
J Day 14/1
J Rahm 14/1
R McIlroy 16/1
J Rose 16/1
P Mickelson 16/1
R Fowler 18/1
B Watson 25/1
P Casey 25/1
S Garcia 30/1
H Matsuyama 30/1
T Fleetwood 30/1
M Leishman 40/1
A Noren 50/1
P Reed 50/1
That’s right. Despite being ranked 149th in the world and not having won a single professional event since 2013, Woods surpassed both Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas — a duo that has won a combined total of 10 tournaments over the last 15 months — as the odds-on favourite to win the Masters! We know that Tiger has been playing much better than anyone expected, but that is just ridiculous. Westgate SuperBook oddsmaker, Jeff Sherman, explained in a tweet soon afterward that Tiger’s odds had only been lowered in response to the number of bets that had been, and were still expected to be, placed on the 42-year-old claiming his fifth green jacket.
Video of the Week
Prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, more than 20 players paid their respects to The King by lining up on the range to participate in the ceremonial first tee shot. Before they started, Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, asked if every participant would do their best Arnold Palmer-style follow-throughs… and what resulted was a spectacle to behold!
"Arnie was someone who inspired us to be better, and he still does." pic.twitter.com/M0eZxXM4pE— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 14, 2018
Golf Animal of the Week
We have always wondered what our dogs are up to during the day when we are at work. Now we know for certain that they are at home watching Tiger Woods play golf!
Shot of the Week
Who else shrieked when this putt dropped into the hole?