Here’s why Tiger Woods always carries a 1932 quarter

February 13, 2019

What’s one thing Tiger Woods always carries on the golf course? A quarter from 1932.

Woods and Fred Couples sat down with GOLFTV earlier this week to chat about their relationship and preview the inaugural Celebrity Cup at the Genesis Open on Monday.

One of the questions they were asked was if they have any certain phobias or superstitions.

“I’m more of a creature of habit, cause I always carry a 1932 quarter; it was the year my dad was born,” Woods said. “He taught me how to putt, so my dad is always there with me when I play.”

Woods’s dad, Earl, died in 2006 at age 74. Woods’s superstitions go beyond just that quarter, though.

“I always carry three tees in my right pocket,” he continued. “If I have a yardage book it always goes into my back right pocket, but if I just have a pin sheet it’s always in the front left pocket. Always carry chapstick in the front left pocket and always carry my glove in the back left pocket.”

Tiger Woods at the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open.
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While Woods didn’t necessarily say if the 1932 quarter is the one he uses to mark his ball (or just carries it), we do know how he decides if he marks heads up or heads down.

This all started at the 1996 U.S. Amateur when Woods faced off against Steve Scott. Scott was two up with three to play when he asked Woods to move his mark on the green. Woods obliged, but almost forgot to move it back to its original location, which would have resulted in a loss of hole and loss of the match. Scott reminded him, and Woods sunk the putt to win the hole and later win the match, his third straight U.S. Am championship.

“I did forget [to move my ball back],” Woods said in “All Square,” a GOLF Films production looking back at the match released in 2016. “For him to [remind me] was pretty remarkable. Ever since that one moment I always mark my marker heads up, and if I ever move my coin or someone asks me to move it, I always move it to tails, so when I look down at my ball if it’s showing tails, that means I moved it. That’s true sportsmanship [what Scott did]. A testament to what the game of golf is all about.”

You can watch the entire GOLFTV clip with Woods and Couples below.