Inspired By Fred Couples, Tiger Woods 'May Switch To The Yellow Ball'

Tiger Woods jokes about making yellow ball switch after watching Fred Couples win on the PGA Tour Champions

Fred Couples and Tiger Woods share a laugh on the golf course
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Tiger Woods was so inspired by his good friend Fred Couples' recent PGA Tour Champions’ victory he joked about switching to a yellow golf ball when he finally returns to golf.

It’s all quiet on when Woods will return to action, but he could make an appearance at his own Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month.

While he recovers from his serious leg injuries following his infamous car crash, Woods is still keeping on top of the latest golf – including when close friend Couples shot a blistering 12-under round of 60 to win the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship.

Most of the sports-loving American public were glued to the NFL on that Sunday, including Justin Thomas, who received a phone call from an excited Woods.

“I think [Couples] was on 17 or 18 and Tiger called me,” said Thomas, who was watching the Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills in the NFL.

“He’s like, ‘Are you watching this?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, pretty good game.’ He’s like, ‘No, Freddie’s 11 under and he’s playing 18.'”

Woods’ caddie Joe LaCava also had contact with the 15-time major winner, as he told Couples himself on his SiriusXM show, with LaCava also joking about watching his NFL team, the New York Giants.

“I did follow it on my phone, and I got a little excited because I got a text from my current boss, Tiger, who said, ‘Are you watching?’” said LaCava, who used to be on the bag for Couples.

“I knew exactly what he meant and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m watching the Giants get another victory.’ He said, ‘No, you idiot, I’m talking about Fred.’ I said, ‘I know what you’re talking about.’”

After watching the often-derided yellow ball take just 60 blows to pick up a tournament victory with Couples, Woods joked about making the switch himself.

LaCava added: “He says, ‘I may switch to the yellow ball the way this thing is rolling in the cup.’”

Before Tiger added: “Thank gosh somebody else can beat Y.E. Yang, because I couldn’t.’”

Woods certainly hasn't lost his sense of humour as he continues his recovery, but whether his return features him unleashing the power of the yellow golf ball is another matter.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.