The 2019 Masters champion has won his first major in a while, and he did so whil chewing gum from beginning to end. This was the first time Tiger has chewed gum during one of his major wins.
And people took notice.
Anyone else google “tiger woods chewing gum” today? #Masters
— Case Keenum (@casekeenum) April 14, 2019
Now we know why.
“Well, I’m chomping on this gum because I usually get hungry, I keep eating so much, and it curbs my appetite a little bit, which is nice,” Woods said. “Most of the time, most of the issues I have at tournaments, I lose so much weight, as you all know.”
For Woods, the ultimate calm came from preparation.
“I just felt so prepared coming into this event,” he said. “This year, my finishes don’t really reflect it, but I was starting to shape the golf ball the way that I know I can, which I needed for this week.Prep for the Masters starts six months ago, so just trying to make sure I get ready to peak for this one week, and I did, and everything came together, which is great. I kept doing all the little things correctly. Missed the ball in the correct spots time and time and time again, and if I was out of position, so be it, take my bogey and move on. I had no doubles this week. Just kept, as I said, just kept plodding along.”
Baseball players chew tobacco, so why can’t Tiger chew some gum.
It’s not like it was nicorette.
Whatever it was, it worked.
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