Tiger Woods on Jordan Spieth: ‘He’s a More Athletic Jim Furyk’

December 7, 2015

Tiger Woods has had some excellent things to say as of late, from the TIME.com interview with Lorne Rubenstein to his television commentary during the Hero World Challenge, a tournament he hosts. And now, an interview with Global Golf Post has produced the 14-time major winner’s latest and greatest nugget.

Ron Green Jr.’s column on Woods features some interesting anecdotes from a weekend spent driving around Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, host site of Woods’ event. Included is the following quote after an exchange between Woods and Jordan Spieth, in which Woods asks Spieth if he hit a 5-iron off the tee on the par-3 eighth hole. Spieth responds by holding up four fingers.

“He’s a more athletic Jim Furyk,” Woods then says of the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champ.

The quote opens up the debate over exactly what Woods meant, but it seems likely that he was referring to the somewhat boring consistency that describes Spieth’s game. We do know that the comparison was made out of admiration, as Green writes, “Woods respects how Spieth plays, understanding his strengths and playing to them.”

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Furyk, 45, has been a professional golfer longer than Spieth has been alive. He’s amassed a record that includes 17 PGA Tour victories, one of which came at the 2003 U.S. Open. However, the two are marked by certain similarities, at least in the eyes of Woods.