While Cadillac is the official car of the PGA Championship this week, the brand might be bad luck for Tiger Woods’ comeback at age 43 and his next major tournament after his amazing 2019 Masters win (a tournament he first won in 1997).
That Masters was his first win in a golf major since late 2009 when he famously crashed his Escalade into a fire hydrant outside his home and his then-wife Elin Nordegren smashed a couple of its windows with a golf club. Details are fuzzy, but it came just after a National Enquirer story about an alleged Woods affair. Subsequent stories followed, his game faltered and many of his endorsements, including a deal with GM, dried up.
A painful memory best buried like an errant Titleist in a sand trap.
Woods is the Vegas tournament favorite (8-1) as of this writing — and he’s our favorite, too. So we’d like to suggest some rides with better golf karma for Tiger at the PGA while his rivals are riding around Farmingdale, N.Y., in Cadillacs:
Would be best in black, but talk about visualizing your best round for the 2019 PGA’s Black Course at Bethpage (N.Y.) State Park. The tough course is a par 70; a round of 63 would really put Tiger in the driver’s seat.
Because the swing is nearly everything in golf and a little old-fashioned muscle doesn’t hurt either.
A GTI can handle the turns and vectors, and it’s appropriately named, in the USA anyway. Never mind that in German it could refer to a body of water, which is a course hazard golfers try to avoid.
A high-riding SUV wagon before Subaru made them cool. It has room for golf bags, sand-trap-worthy all-wheel drive and a golf-jargon name that could have Tiger musing about driving to the hole for a 2-under-par eagle putt.
Tiger used a TaylorMade driver in his 2019 Master, not Ram-brand clubs. But otherwise this could work. The Ram 2500 Power Wagon has power to burn. It can haul all the clubs you could want, your caddy … and probably a golf cart, too. And, just in case, it’s also great for getting out of the rough.
Golf is game of traditions, and this would be a classic choice that would fit right in at the historic Black Course as well today as it would have in the 1940s when the 1930s course was young. It also evokes an era when both cars and golf clubs were built with actual wood. And Woods in a Woodie? Why wouldn’t he?
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7. Club Car?
One car you won’t see Tiger in this week is a Club Car golf cart. He has thrown a little shade on the PGA for deciding to let past champion John Daly ride around the 7,459-yard layout because of his age (53) and osteoarthritis. Tiger, referring to his 2008 U.S. Open win, when he had tibial stress fractures, was quoted as saying with a smile, “As far as J.D. taking a cart, I walked with a broken leg, so … .”
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