Peyton Manning once trash-talked Tiger Woods so mercilessly that Woods used it as motivation to get better

  • Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were paired together during the pro-am portion of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament.
  • During a previous round of golf, Manning mercilessly trash-talked Woods about losing his No. 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy, noting he even had to change his in-game audibles.
  • Woods quickly regained his No. 1 ranking and called Manning to make sure he switched the audibles back.

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were paired together during the pro-am portion of Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament and, based on their history, it can be safely assumed that there was a lot of smack talk during the round.

Manning told an incredible story about how he once trash-talked Woods during a round of golf so mercilessly that Woods used it as motivation to regain his status as the world’s No. 1 golfer.

During an interview with Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel, Manning explained that with the Colts, his no-huddle audibles included “Tiger” (snap on one) and “Phil” (snap on two). It was a reference to Tiger’s being the No. 1 golfer at the time and Mickelson’s typically being ranked second.

Manning said Tiger loved this.

Manning then recalled a conversation he’d had with Tiger when the two played a round of golf together in early 2013, following the quarterback’s first season with the Broncos.

Tiger asked Manning what the biggest difference was between the Colts’ and Broncos’ offenses.

“Tiger, it’s really similar,” Manning recalled saying to Tiger. “The hardest thing for me right now is that ‘McIlroy’ is on one and ‘Tiger’ is on two,” referring to Tiger’s entering the 2013 season ranked No. 2 behind Rory McIlroy.

Manning said Tiger didn’t take the blow well, and vowed to do something about it.

Woods won two events that month and returned to the top of the rankings.

According to Manning, Woods called the quarterback to make sure he switched the audibles back.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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