Tiger Woods watching the Presidents Cup. Receive a call while playing

Tiger Woods and Davis Love III at the 2020 PGA Championship.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Davis Love III got a second, so he called one of the analysis guys. Tiger Woods replied.

They’re playing the Presidents Cup this week, Woods isn’t in Quail Hollow, but he looks like he’s being held in the loop. A multi-time player in the event, and captain of the winning player on his last tour, in 2019 in Australia, Woods put things on hold for a while after playing three majors this year after his car accident early last year. Although his TV is on.

His phone too.

“He spoke to a lot of people on the team,” Low said Thursday to a small group of reporters. “I’ve been standing there on tee 6 for like an hour, for a long time, so I called him and we talked for a while. And I said, OK, at least you’re watching on TV. Call us if you see anything.”

“He is having fun.”

The last time we saw the 15-time main winner wave to the crowd and walk across Swilcan Bridge a couple of months ago in St Andrews, his Open Championship game is over after 36 holes. From there, Woods won’t commit as much as he continues to rehabilitate several of his right leg injuries, despite his pledge to help Love.

It weighs in, though Love won’t reveal what he and Woods talked about on Thursday. He’s been on Zoom calls. He’s got statistical dumps. At a pre-tournament press conference earlier this month, Low notably brought up that last point.

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“He’s very involved. We send him the analytics items we get and he makes his pairings and sends them to us. I still have copies of the notes he was sending me in 2015 to get ready for 2016. He’s great – he’s his analysis team and gives us a lot of great information.

“It will be very helpful. He cannot come to the President’s Cup, but texts, Zoom calls, and emails will definitely spread.”

Comically, Woods was also the first to tell Webb Simpson that he was going to be co-leader this week, before, you know, Love.

At the Wyndham Championships last month, Simpson shared an elaborate play.

“It was last Tuesday and I was actually in Wilmington, North Carolina, with my family and we were at the trolley stop, our favorite hot dog restaurant,” Simpson began. “My kids really pissed off the owner because they kept opening the door, so I assure, it’s my turn to call, my phone rings, I look down and it’s the tiger. I told Tiger I had to call him back, and he got my dogs order. So ask for my hot dogs, And get out there, call him back, and yeah, he pointed out that I’m from — you know, I live in Charlotte, Quail Hollow Home, and he thought it would save a lot for the team.

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“It meant a lot, but honestly, I just finished the phone call and I like it, I don’t know if it’s official or not. I don’t know if he meant to encourage me to be an assistant or if I was an assistant.

“So I just waited, and I saw Zack [Johnson, another assistant captain] Wednesday, or I think yes, the next day in Detroit, and Zack and I both laughed about it. I said, Davis still hasn’t called me, so I don’t know. Then Davis told me, maybe the next night.

“But yeah, not because I’m afraid I won’t be a part of it, but there was a part of me that was like, ‘If I don’t make the team and Davis goes in a different direction, that’s fine, but it would be hard to watch the Presidents Cup happen there and not be a part of it in some way.’ So I felt. Really relieved to get the chance to be a part of it.”

As for the rest of this week? After the first Thursday, the Americans are up 4-1, but there are three more days of play. And three more days of broadcasting. So …

“He obviously misses her,” Love said Thursday. “Last night on a Zoom call, Fred [Couples, another assistant captain] He said, “When do you enter?” The tiger said: What did you say? I can not hear you.’ I know he wishes he was here. As you know, it is not easy to ride buggies and walk up and down the hills. I get it. But we include it.”

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Nick Piastovsky

Nick Piastovsky

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Nick Piastovsky is a senior editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native will probably play the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash down his score. You can reach him about any of these topics – his stories, his game, or his beer – at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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