Tiger Woods Rivals – Tiger Woods enemies – golf rivalries

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GQ Magazine: A young Tiger Woods made mildly sexist and racist jokes in the presence of Charles Pierce, who was writing a cover story about the burgeoning star for GQ. Tiger thought the comments were off the record, but Pierce used them in his story, along with other material about Tiger's father, Earl. Woods released a statement after the story ran in the April 1997 issue. "It's no secret that I'm 21-years-old and that I'm naive about the motives of certain ambitious writers. The article proves that, and I don't see any reason for anyone to pay $3 to find that out."
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Rory Sabbatini: After losing to Woods at the 2007 Wachovia Championship, Rory Sabbatini said, "The funny thing is after watching [Tiger] play on Sunday, I think he's more beatable than ever." That comment didn't sit well with the world's then-No. 1 player, and when Sabbatini withdrew from Tiger's Target World Challenge later that year, a feud was born.
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Stephen Ames On the eve of the 2006 WGC-Accenture World Match Play Championship, Ames, the lowest-seeded player in the 64-man field, said, "Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting the ball." Woods said little in reply and let his clubs do the talking, crushing Ames, 9 and 8, in their match the next day.
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Phil Mickelson It's natural for a rivalry to exist between No. 1 and No. 2, but Mickelson fueled the fire in 2003 when he told GOLF Magazine that Woods "hates that I can fly it past him now." He went on the say that Tiger was the only player "good enough to overcome the equipment he's stuck with." Although Mickelson apologized to Woods and his club maker, the two have never been chummy. When paired together at the 2004 Ryder Cup, Woods was visibly disappointed and frustrated by Mickelson's inconsistent play.
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Sergio Garcia A few weeks before the Ryder Cup was played in 2006 at The K Club in Ireland, Sergio Garcia said, "Fortunately for us, [Woods] doesn't have a great Ryder Cup record, so I'm looking forward to hopefully going out there and meeting him two or three times." Woods responded by saying, "As far as the Sergio comments, hopefully we can get together out there and play." Paired with Luke Donald, Garcia earned a 2-up win in the Friday foursomes matches against Woods and Jim Furyk. In tournament play, however, Garcia has played with Woods three times in the final group on Sunday and never beaten him.
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Peter Kostis: When CBS's Kostis dissected Tiger's swing with the aid of high-speed cameras, Woods was not thrilled with the analysis. Steve Williams began putting Tiger's bag in front of the cameras, and Woods refused to talk on the air with Kostis for several months.
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Butch Harmon When Tiger was dominating the game's best players in 2000 and 2001, Harmon was the man he turned to on the range for help. But they parted ways in 2002, and Tiger started seeking advice from Hank Haney. Then Harmon said Woods was "in denial" about his game and errant driving during the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Woods said, "I don't understand why he would say anything like that, especially when we've been close. He does not know what I'm working on. I don't understand where he is coming from. It doesn't do himself or anyone any good to do that." Harmon now coaches several of Woods's chief rivals, including Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Adam Scott. In fact, at the 2007 Memorial, Harmon said he thought Mickelson could supplant Woods atop the rankings. "Tiger's got a big lead as No. 1 in the world, so it'll take a couple of years, but I think [Phil] can, and I think he will actually."
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Vijay Singh and Paul Tesori: At the 2000 Presidents Cup, during a match with Woods, Tesori caddied for Singh and wore a hat that read "Tiger Who?" Singh never uttered the phrase, but like a presidential candidate, he approved the message. "I don't know where he got that hat," Singh said at the time, "but I said, 'Why not?'" After Tiger defeated Singh, 2 and 1, he was asked about the question on the back of Tesori's hat. Woods responded, "He knows the answer."
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Mike (Fluff) Cowan: When he started carrying Tiger's bag in 1996, Fluff became a celebrity himself. That didn't please his boss, and Cowan was replaced by Steve Williams in early 1999.
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Christensen Shipyards, Ltd.: On October 29, 2005, lawyers for Woods filed suit against Christensen Shipyards, claiming the company was improperly using Woods's name and images of his 155-foot yacht, "Privacy," to promote its business. In May, 2006, the suit was settled for an undisclosed sum, but several reports claimed that Woods received about $1.6 million.
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Franklin Mint: Tiger Woods sued the Franklin Mint in 1998 after the company created an unauthorized commemorative coin to celebrate his 1997 Masters win. According to the Associated Press, Woods received "a substantial monetary settlement" and a permanent injunction was put into effect that bars the Franklin Mint from using his name and likeness.
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Ian Poulter In the March 2008 issue of Golf World U.K., Poulter said, "Don't get me wrong, I really respect every professional golfer, but I know I haven't played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger." Poulter later said the quote was taken out of context, but Woods made it known that he was aware of what the Englishman had said. After a dramatic win in Dubai in early 2008, against a field that included Poulter, Woods was asked about the gap between himself and the world's second-ranked player, Phil Mickelson. "I thought Ian Poulter was No. 2," he said. • GOLF.com Tiger Tracker • Gallery: Tiger Woods' daughter Sam Alexis Woods • Video: Tiger Woods 2008 U.S. Open Interview