Tiger Woods may not be superstitious, but he sure carries things in his pocket during a golf round like he is. At least that’s what he revealed to Golf TV in an interview with Fred Couples ahead of the 2019 Genesis Open.
Woods, who has an exclusive content deal with the Discovery-founded joint venture with the PGA Tour, went in-depth about what he carries in his pockets during a competitive round.
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The 14-time major champion said he carries a 1932 quarter in his pocket. That’s because his father Earl was born that year, and in Woods’ words, “He taught me how to putt, so my dad is always there with me when I play.”
But that’s not all. Woods also carries:
- Three tees in his front right pocket
- His yardage book in his back right pocket
- If he’s only carrying a pin sheet without a yardage book, that’s in the front left pocket
- Chap Stick goes in the front left pocket
- His glove is in his back left pocket
Woods said he wouldn’t classify himself as superstitious so much as a “creature of habit.” Couples somewhat validates that view in saying he used to carry a 1967 penny when he played, and he about lost his mind when he eventually lost it. There are plenty of other stories like this, including the replica silver dollar Phil Mickelson uses as a ball marker when he plays.
At this level of golf, pros are looking for an edge — real or perceived — that will help them play their best…even down to the things they carry in their pockets.