Is reality TV the next step for Tiger?

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You're about to see a lot more of Tiger Woods. A whole lot more. Alex Perry explains all in The Slam

You may remember a few months back that the PGA Tour had signed a deal to collaborate with Discovery and, more specifically, their on-demand streaming service, GolfTV, that starts next year.

And this week we had the biggest update on this new venture – with a certain Tiger Woods signing up to offer behind-the-scenes access to GolfTV.

The idea is that Woods will front a wide range of programming designed to offer unprecedented access to the 14-time major champion’s practice routines and life on tour, while there will also be an instruction series.

In a statement, Woods said:

I want to talk to golf fans and golfers everywhere, directly, and straight from me. That’s important to me, talking about what we care about. What’s happening on the course, how to play better, how can I shoot lower scores tomorrow, how can I beat my friends?

So are we going to get a reality TV style warts-and-all look into Woods’ life that will essentially make him golf’s very own Kardashian? My word I hope so.

Only time will tell, of course, but whichever route they go down it’s a massive coup for Discovery and their venture into golf, but with Sky Sports’ deal running until 2022 we will have to wait until then to get involved.

And I, for one, can’t wait. We are moving more and more into a world where all our content is via streaming services, and, as much as I enjoy Sky’s coverage, Sky Sports Golf isn’t quite what any of us really wanted it to be – our version of the Golf Channel – and it hasn’t quite worked just yet.

And as brilliant as Nick Dougherty is and as much as he is carrying that channel, he’s just not Tiger Woods…

One and done

Sticking with Tiger, he revealed this week that he had a hole-in-one while playing a friendly round with Fred Couples ahead of The Match with Phil Mickelson.

That’s nothing, I hear you say, this is the greatest golfer of all time! Well what if I told you it’s Tiger’s first hole-in-one for 20 years.

His last ace, he told ESPN’s Bob Harig, came at the now-defunct International in 1998.

If you’re interested, it was at the 210-yard par-3 2nd hole at La Quinta in California, with a 5-iron, and it was Tiger’s 20th ever hole-in-one.

Fisherman’s friend

You might remember Ho-Sung Choi from earlier this year when the man with the “fisherman swing” came oh-so close to qualifying for The Open.

Well, the South Korean is back in the news this week after winning the Casio World Open on the Japan Tour. Who’s laughing now? Well, everyone is. Still. Obviously.

Here’s how he played the final hole…

How much do you want to see this guy play in majors? He’s gone from viral sensation to tour winner, the next natural step is to take on the world’s best at Augusta. Who doesn’t want to see that swing going round Amen Corner?

RAI

Another player I’m sure will play in plenty of majors is Aaron Rai.

The Englishman won his maiden European Tour title at last week’s Hong Kong Open and you might have spotted him because he wears two gloves while playing – something, he says, has just happened since he took up the game and doesn’t know any other way.

But on closer inspection of his bag, he also commits one of golf’s most cardinal sins…

Yes. Those are head covers on his irons.

You’re 23, Aaron. And it’s not the 1980s any more.

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