WATCH: Tiger Woods and his young mentee sink hands-free putt with robotic ball

October 17, 2018
Tiger Woods and a young student from his foundation celebrate a putt they made with a robotic golf ball.

No doubt you’ve seen Tiger Woods hole a lot of putts over the years. But have you ever seen him sink a putt hands-free while using a robotic golf ball? Didn’t think so. But that’s exactly what happened in a video Woods posed to Twitter Tuesday night, along with the help a TGR Foundation mentee, of course.

Woods made an epic return to pro golf from injury in 2018, culminating in his victory at the Tour Championship. With his new-found health, he’s also made a return to entertaining donors at charity events around the country. Right now, Woods is hosting the 8th annual Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula in California, which raises money for his foundation.

The TGR Foundation’s primary focus is on education, and on Tuesday, Woods put on a clinic at the Invitational and tapped one of his young mentees to impress the guests.

In the video, Tiger stands next to Sammy, a TGR Foundation Earl Woods Scholar and current Stanford student, on a green at one of Monterey’s iconic courses. In front of them is a blue robotic golf ball, controlled by a tablet. When Tiger’s mentee types in some code to the device, the ball suddenly comes to life and rolls across the green, just missing the cup. After sharing a laugh over the near-miss, Tiger and his friend re-calibrate, then watch as the ball rolls into the hole.

Woods tweeted out the video along with the message, “Coding with my mentee. Combine coding and a little art of green reading and you get YES!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The Tiger Woods Invitational is hosted each year across three of the best courses located in the area, including Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach. Guests are treated to three rounds of competition, along with a bevy of eye-catching off-course activities.

After Tuesday’s play, guests joined Tiger for the annual dinner, which included a silent auction. They capped off the night with a live discussion between the host and former MLB commissioner and U.S. Olympic committee president Peter Ueberroth.

Want to get in on the action yourself? You can get on the wait list for next year’s Tiger Woods Invitational now.