Pro Describes What It's Like Playing With Tiger Woods

Austin Cook said playing with Tiger Woods was more nerve-wracking than when he won his maiden PGA Tour title

Pro Describes What It's Like Playing With Tiger Woods
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Austin Cook said playing with Tiger Woods was more nerve-wracking than when he won his maiden PGA Tour title

Pro Describes What It's Like Playing With Tiger Woods

For many of today's current crop of Tour Pros, Tiger Woods has been their idol for their entire lives.

Woods was pretty much the dominant force from 1997 all the way up until 2009 so players in their early and mid 20s will have seen the 14-time major winner at his best growing up.

With Woods' comeback this year, it has given players who have looked up to him for decades the chance to compete with him, and sometimes even get the chance to tee it up with him in competition.

One of them is Austin Cook, winner of last year's RSM Classic, who got the chance to play with Tiger in the final round at The Northern Trust.

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Both players began the day well behind the lead so it would have been just another regular tournament day for Cook, but his 14-time major-winning playing partner added an entirely different pressure.

Cook described what it was like playing with Woods prior to his title defence this week, stating that he was more nervous for that round than during the final round of last year's tournament where he went on to pick up his first PGA Tour title.

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“I was so nervous in that round. I was more nervous than I was on Sunday [at last year's RSM Classic] because I was playing with Tiger,” he said.

“I told my caddie on the first tee, ‘Dude, I haven't been this nervous since I got in my first PGA Tour event.’ I couldn't tell you how that conversation got started, either.”

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Cook told reporters that Woods comes across as just another regular guy.

“He was awesome,” Cook said.

“Honestly, it was like going out with any other guy. 'Hey, where are you from?' All the typical first conversations.”

Austin Cook defends his title this week at Sea Island in Georgia.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x