When a guy named Tiger and a guy named Me played Royal Porthcawl in Wales, the picture of my wretched golf game came into clear perspective.

We were on the par 5 17th hole at Royal Porthcawl, a championship links
course overlooking the Bristol Channel and Swansea Bay in southern
Wales.

Tiger Woods stepped up and launched a rifle shot so very, very far down the fairway. He hit it so long his ball could have landed in England. Well, maybe not that long. But I’d have to rent a car to ever drive
that far.

I knew this Tiger dude was good, but, geez, he followed his tee boom by holing out his second shot for an albatross. Say what? Albatross. That’s golf speak for a 2 on a par 5.

My drive resembled a marshmallow musket shot, sort of soft and puffy. And my fairway wood second still landed shy of Tiger’s drive. So thanks
Tiger, for splashing insult on my long-held feelings of golf impotence. I ended up taking a 7 on the 17th and finished with my usual high 80s
score.

Oh, did I mention that Tiger and I weren’t playing together or even in the same year at Royal Porthcawl? Tiger’s fete came during a practice round at the 1995 Walker Cup matches, pitting top U.S. amateurs against the best ams from Great Britain and Ireland.

I took my shot two years later, playing Royal Porthcawl on a buddies’ golf trip through Scotland, England and Wales. The reason I know where Tiger’s drive landed is because Porthcawl course officials marked the spot with a plaque.

Incidentally, Porthcawl officials tell me Tiger’s plaque no longer exists. They removed it years ago because it slowed up play. Golfers
would hit extra shots from the plaque site to see if they could match Tiger’s albatross.

The only plaque I’ve ever owned also is being removed--at my next dental appointment in two weeks.

 


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07/18/2017 7:08pm

Well, you may lose the game over Tiger Woods but it's still a thing worth to be proud of! Not all athletes can have the privilege to play with Tiger Woods that's why I still feel envious towards you. By the way, I love how you've written this article. It's funny and your technique was effective! I hope to have the same writing capabilities as you!

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04/11/2017 12:22am

Through your post, I've seen that a game with Tiger gave you a hard time. But at the same time, I want to congratulate you for being brave enough to accept the challenge. By the way, How was it playing again in Royal Porthcawl after two years? That's quite long and I know that there are things that have changed already! I am glad that you shared to us your experience having a head to head game with Tiger!

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