Tiger Woods had a blast playing in Wednesday’s pro-am at the Wyndham Championship with NBA player Chris Paul. Following the round, Woods tweeted, “Had a really fun trash talking round of golf with my friend Chris Paul.”
Shortly after the turn, Paul started talking smack to Woods, according to Greensboro.com:
Paul watched Tiger Woods’ tee shot on the par-3 No. 12 at the DeJoy and Wos Family Foundation Pro-Am this morning. He coughed and said “choke” loudly, drawing laughter from the crowd. Woods chuckled as well.
No surprise for anyone who follows golf closely, but Woods kept mainly to himself and didn’t interact with fans, while Paul frequently chatted with the large gallery following the two superstars of their respective sports. However, Woods did enjoy himself.
“This is fun,” Woods said after the pro-am. “This is like a small-town atmosphere. They come out and support the event for years and Davis (Love) says he’s played in this thing forever and even sees the same people each and every year in the same spots.”
When asked for the reason why Paul took up golf in the first place, he didn’t miss a beat.
“It’s Tiger Woods, man. What do you mean? He’s just great.”
Meanwhile, Woods is attempting to make a last-chance effort to make the post-season, the FedEx Cup Playoffs, at the Wyndham, the final regular season event, not to mention try to get his game back on track.
“I’ve started to build. I just need to get more consistent with everything and start stringing together not just holes, not just rounds but tournaments,” Woods said Wednesday via the AP. “That’s why this tournament’s important to me. Hopefully I can win it, get into the playoffs and play a bunch of golf.”
Woods, who is making his first start in Greensboro, is ranked no. 187 in FedEx Cup points and needs to vault into the top 125 to extend his season. Given how much ground he needs to make up, he’ll likely need a victory to make the playoffs.
“If I don’t win this event,” Woods said. “I’ll have my offseason early.”
Woods tees off with Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama at 7:50am Thursday.
(Photo via Matt Brown/WyndhamChampionship.com)