Tiger Woods can't sing, says friend Darius Rucker
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Tiger Woods can’t sing, says friend Darius Rucker

Tiger Woods' doctors may have advised him to take a few weeks away from his golf game, but that frees up the world No. 1 to spend some time on his falsetto.

Woods' friend and country-music (as well as 90s pop rock) sensation Darius Rucker says the guy just can't sing.

Rucker appeared Thursday on "The Dan Patrick Show" to perform and spend time with the former ESPN anchor in his Connecticut studio. During the appearance, Woods came up as one of the more famous people he's ever sang with outside of his profession. Rucker recalled a California concert where he called Woods up to sing "Hold My Hand," and it didn't go well.

"He's awful," Rucker said simply.

It's not the first time Rucker's said that publicly, but the story of how the duo met is a good one.

Almost 20 years ago, when Woods was apparently 18, he was watching Rucker perform at a venue in East Lansing, Mich. (Random place, though Woods won the 1994 Western Amateur at age 18 a couple of hours from East Lansing.) Rucker introduced himself, and the two have been friends ever since.

The "Wagon Wheel" singer has said he likes Woods as a normal person.

"Tiger's just a regular dude with a lot of talent," Rucker said in a radio interview. "He's just as normal as the rest of us are."

Rucker has performed for Woods several times over the years, including for his birthday, his 2004 wedding and at his father Earl's funeral in 2006.

As for the happier times, Rucker affirmed in a March interview that hanging with Woods is like stopping in Vegas: what happens with Tiger, stays with Tiger.

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