- Tiger Woods was recently given the “cold shoulder” by his Team USA 2018 Ryder Cup teammates.
- Woods was on a high after winning the Tour Championship last weekend, his 80th career win and first PGA Tour victory in five years.
- Woods was expecting high fives and hugs when he saw his Ryder Cup teammates later in the day, but, instead, he got something else.
- Woods, golf’s biggest superstar, got pranked.
Tiger Woods ended a five-year PGA Tour trophy drought in style when thousands of fans mobbed the course at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta last weekend to watch the golfer bring home his 80th career victory.
The buildup to his title-winning putt brought tears to his eyes. He linked up with his US Ryder Cup teammates later that day, expecting high fives and hugs after the emotional victory – but, instead, he got something else.
Woods, golf’s biggest superstar, got pranked.
Shortly after Woods had completed his media obligations as the newly crowned champion, USA’s Ryder Cup captain, Jim Furyk, got the blessing of Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, to play the practical joke he and the rest of Team USA had organised.
“I ran into Jim Furyk and he said, ‘We were thinking about giving Tiger the cold shoulder like they do in baseball when the guy hits his first home run,'” LaCava said on Ryder Cup Radio on Sirius/XM. “He asked, ‘Do you think Tiger will be OK with that?’ I was like, ‘Of course he would. He’s got a sense of humour.'”
“Tiger shows up about a half hour later and is looking for some high fives from everybody and they wouldn’t give him the time of day,” LaCava said. “They weren’t even looking at him; they all have their backs to him.”
“He’s looking at me like, what’s going on? He’s not a guy who is looking for fanfare, but these are his boys. He’s looking for 11 guys to run up and give him a good hug.”
The “cold shoulder” prank did not last long, and the Ryder Cup team did eventually join Woods in celebration after a couple of minutes of anguish.
It is unclear whether Woods will retaliate in kind, but as Golf.com reported, “you can expect more hijinks throughout the week because nothing is better for team bonding.”
The 2018 Ryder Cup began on September 28 and concludes on September 30 at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France. Woods is expected to play a prominent part in the USA vs Europe competition.
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