Apart from the various golf events, American and European players come together for the Ryder Cup, every two years. Hence, there are countless Ryder Cup stories that remain as iconic as the event itself. While some stories can be seen as emotional or motivating, many are indeed hilarious. One such story is of Tiger Woods, who was pranked at the 2002 Ryder Cup, by Lee Westwood’s former caddie, Billy Foster.
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How did Billy Foster prank Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup?
While the prank was not exactly planned, it started with Foster heading to the restroom. Once Foster realized there was no toilet paper, he ended up moving to another stall. The next person to walk in was Woods in his gold spiked, who ended up moving towards booth No. 1 that had no toilet paper.
Foster decided to help Woods in the end and handed him some toilet paper. He ended up folding around 20 sheets of paper and slid them under the door to Woods. “And as he grabbed it I went, ‘EUROPE ONE UP!’ and walked out…he came out with the biggest smile on his face,” Foster explained. “Obviously I told everyone on the putting green and I’ve gone, ‘you owe me Tiger Woods.’ And he just held up his hands and said, ‘Billy Foster, I owe you big time.’”
Interestingly, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn won against Woods and Paul Azinger during that particular Ryder Cup round.
Did Foster and Woods work together in the past?
A couple of years later, while at the 2005 Presidents Cup, Woods had Foster carrying the bag for him. “He’s good at what he does,” Woods had said. Foster has worked with Seve Ballesteros and Darren Clarke in the past along with Westwoods, which Woods appreciated. “There were a couple of guys I was considering, but I like his personality.”
Woods was working with Stevie Williams back then, who was back home in New Zealand as his wife was expecting their child.
Foster also spoke about caddying for Woods, referring to him as an ‘absolute gentleman‘ he worked for. “Everything he said was followed by please or thank you. I ended up having a bit of fun with him and a laugh and a joke. I was very honest with him.”
When will Woods play next?
Following his car crash in February, the 15-time major champion is yet to return to the PGA Tour. However, Woods will be seen on the course for the 2021 PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes. As predicted by a few, Woods will be playing with his son Charlie.
How excited are you to see Woods return?
Former pro explains why players resented Tiger Woods when he first came on Tour.
Tiger Woods is indisputably the greatest golfer of his generation. His list of accomplishments is so long it has its own Wikipedia page (yes, really) and he forever changed the sport of golf.
But back in 1996, before the green jackets and trophies and awe-inspiring moments, Woods was just a rookie on Tour. And while he had already been anointed the chosen one to carry the torch of pro golf into the next era, he didn’t yet have any professional accolades to back up the hype. And that hype rubbed some established pros the wrong way.
“We hated him,” said former Tour pro John Maginnes on this week’s episode of GOLF’s Subpar. “The money — the rumor was $10 million. That was beyond what a quarterback was making. This was an astronomical sum of money, so we resented him.”
That resentment didn’t last long for Maginnes, though.
“Then I met him,” Maginnes said. “This is one of the funniest guys on the Tour. This guy is awesome. And so you immediately love him. Tiger is beloved in the locker room.”
It wasn’t just Woods’ personality that won over Maginnes, either. It was also his game.
“Once I saw the game, I knew everything that I’d ever done in my entire life was in vain,” he said.
Not long after that, Woods won for the first time in his Tour career. Eighty-one more victories — including 15 majors — would follow, and the rest is history.
Check out the entire episode of Subpar below as Maginnes dishes on what it was like playing with Woods, what it’s like to grind on Tour and more.
FORMULAR ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BIG CONTROVERSY: AN ‘INJUSTICE’ IS REVEALED AFTER VERSTAPPEN’S TITLE
Hamilton and Verstappen, a big controversy… An injustice is revealed after Verstappen’s title? Damon Hill was asked to comment on the outcome of the Formula One World Championship and said that the way Max Verstappen won the F1 title was ‘unfair’ and an ‘injustice’.
Just over a month after the dramatic conclusion of the Formula One season, the controversy over Max Verstappen’s F1 title has not abated. Lewis Hamilton has been silent since the 12th of December, which has cast a shadow over his future.
In the meantime, Mercedes is fruitlessly waiting for sanctions that aren’t happening, to be taken against the FIA and more particularly Michael Masi, the race director. Masi, whose decisions were controversial during the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and notably the management of the safety car. And according to 1996 world champion Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have reason to be upset.
“It’s unfair in itself”
“I think at the end of the day Lewis Hamilton’s fans feel very aggrieved because, and Lewis Hamilton may well do this and Mercedes may well do this, the way the decision has gone has put them at a disadvantage and they feel robbed.” says the former F1 Champion, who to be fair has been at the wrong end of title fight ‘injustice’ before.
“So there’s a lot of resentment, obviously. But in the Dutch camp, was it a satisfactory way to decide a championship? You have to say it wasn’t satisfactory.
“I think it may even have been unfair because if you look at it from the point of view of how the decision was made, it allowed some cars to get loose and not others. That in itself is unfair.
“The result was a focus on the two title contenders and I don’t think you can run a motor race or a championship that way – you have to apply the rules equally to all competitors,” he told Sky Sports.
Professionally Surprising: ‘What the #%@! was that?’ How Tiger Woods, in his rookie season, shocked this pro
It goes without saying, but all eyes were on Tiger Woods when he officially joined the PGA Tour in 1996. He won three straight U.S. Amateur titles from 1994-96 and signed a lucrative endorsement contract as soon as he turned pro.
Of course there was intrigue surrounding the phenom. John Maginnes vividly remembers his first up-close look at Woods, when they were paired together at the 1996 B.C. Open, which was Woods’ fourth career start as a pro. Maginnes, now a golf analyst on Sirius XM, recalled that memorable pairing when he was a guest on this week’s GOLF Subpar Podcast.
On the third hole, a par-5, Woods pulled his tee shot into the trees but it kicked back out into the fairway.
“I’m standing 10 feet away from the hardest golf swing I’ve ever seen in my life, the loudest contact to a balata golf ball I’ve ever heard,” Maginnes said. “And this ball took off and looked like a laser.”
Maginnes said just when he thought the ball was supposed to drop, it kept going. And going, and going.
“And by this point, Tiger’s already walked 40 yards,” Maginnes said. “As soon as he made contact he knew. It landed about four steps onto the front of the green and trickled to the back fringe.”
Mike “Fluff” Cowan was Woods’ caddie. Maginnes first met him the previous year at the U.S. Open.
“And I looked at Fluff, and I want to be very clear to all the listeners, I was not asking advice when I said, ‘Fluff, what the F was that?’ And he said, ‘That’s our 2-iron we carried about 275.’
“At the time I was averaging 268 off the tee, and he hit an iron 275. And I did dribble that 3-wood right on the front fringe, by the way.”
Maginnes tied for 60th. Woods tied for 3rd and two weeks later, in his next start, won the Las Vegas Invitational for his first career PGA Tour victory.