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“So No. 8, Tom snipes it to the left off the tee, and I’m right there,” Woods said. “He hits it again, left of the green _ pin was back left. I’m up there … He basically yelled at me saying, `I moved you out of here once,’ and basically moved me out of there twice. I just wanted to see, you know? Tom Watson. He sniped one, and sniped another one, and I happened to be right there on both of those shots. And Bruce let me know about it.”

Many years later, is it safe to assume that some young fan watching Woods might have gone through the same experience?


CLINTON’S LESSON: Tom Watson gave former President Bill Clinton the best advice he ever received in golf _ and perhaps in politics, too.

Clinton last week at the Humana Challenge recalled the time he was in office and hosted the 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup team, when Watson was the captain and the Americans last won on European soil.

“The best political lesson I ever got from a golfer,” Clinton said. “And practically the best political lesson I ever got from anybody.”

Watson asked the president to grip a club, and immediately told Clinton that he was gripping it too tightly, a common mistake of average golfers. Watson showed him the proper grip, and Clinton was able to take the club out of his hands.

Then, Watson asked to see the grip again and focused on the position of his hands. And then came the lesson.

“He said, `Golf is the way politics is,’” Clinton said. “`If your grip is too far to the right, you’re going to get in trouble on the left. But if your grip is too far to the left, you’re going to get in big trouble on the right.’”

As the laughter subsided, Clinton finished the lesson.

“The trick is for your grip to be just right,” he said. “Worth remembering these days.”


MASTERS RETIREMENT: Jim Armstrong was working for an accounting firm that had Augusta National Golf Club as one of its clients. Clifford Roberts was the chairman at the time, meaning that by extension, Armstrong will end his career having worked with every chairman at the home of the Masters.

Roberts died the year before Armstrong went to work for the club in 1978, and a year later, he became the director.

After serving directly under the last five chairmen _ William Lane, Hord Hardin, Jack Stephens, Hootie Johnson and Billy Payne _ Armstrong is retiring this year after 35 years as what amounts to the highest-ranking person at the club who is not a member.

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