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Steve Stricker (left) and Tiger Woods have been friends a long time.
Steve Stricker helped Tiger Woods with his putting on a Wednesday. Tiger went on to win that week, and Stricker finished second.
The next week, K.J. Choi gave young John Huh an afternoon’s worth of tips on bunker play.
Neither of those was head-turning by any means. That came about with the gross overreaction that took place afterward, especially in the Stricker-Woods instance.
Columns were written, talk shows debated the legality of such a thing and conflict-of-interest issues were raised.
Professional golfers have been giving each other tips for decades, maybe even since the beginning of the game itself.
There was an undertone that might have suggested some shenanigans with the Stricker-Woods situation.
Um, putting is just part of the game.
Tiger could have easily hit his driver all over the lot that week and not been anywhere near the lead.
The reactionaries of the (golf) world need to chill out.