Tiger, Rory and the return of skins golf

Alex Myers discusses the inaugural MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins, and how Jason Day won thanks to a little (clothing) help from Tiger Woods.

Released on 10/21/2019

Transcript

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[Alex] So Skins Golf is back.
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You just might've slept through it.
00:04
Thanks to our colleagues at Golf TV,
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the fun format returned
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with MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins.
00:10
And if you were in the U.S.,
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you had to stay up really, really late to watch.
00:14
But it was worth it.
00:15
The foursome of Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy,
00:18
Jason Day, and Hideki Matsuyama
00:20
was certainly a big upgrade from the field
00:21
at the final Skins game in 2008,
00:23
which included K.J. Choi, Rocco Mediate,
00:25
and Stephen Ames.
00:27
And The Challenge also included some interesting challenges.
00:31
Ah, I see what we did there with the title of the event.
00:35
Smart.
00:37
In one of these charity challenges,
00:38
the guys each teamed up with a rugby star
00:40
in Japan for the world cup
00:42
to play alternate shot on a hole.
00:44
When Matsuyama made a long birdie putt,
00:46
South African Bryan Habana jumped onto him in celebration.
00:50
Moments later, Irish rugby player Brian O'Driscoll,
00:53
drained his own birdie putt for the tie.
00:55
Good times.
00:57
Until it appeared Matsuyama may have been injured.
00:59
Thank goodness no one jump on Tiger.
01:01
Those dudes are large.
01:04
Then, in the one club challenge,
01:06
players had to pick a single club
01:08
with which to play an entire par five.
01:10
Incredibly, all four nearly parred the hole
01:13
and Day had the day's best highlight.
01:16
Getting up and down from a green side bunker
01:18
with a six iron.
01:19
And again, only a six iron.
01:21
Even after that sandy sorcery,
01:23
Day didn't need his putter to roll in the six footer.
01:27
These guys are good.
01:28
The Aussie also used something else
01:30
that caught people's attention though.
01:32
Tiger's vest.
01:33
Yep, Tiger's vest.
01:36
And no, this wasn't some kind of
01:37
one piece of clothing challenge.
01:39
Apparently, Day didn't check the forecast
01:42
or realize they were going to be finishing around sundown
01:44
in Japan.
01:44
Which translated to about four a.m. eastern time
01:47
when I was nice and cozy under my covers.
01:50
But Day's fellow Nike buddy
01:51
hooked him up with one of his TW Logo numbers.
01:54
It was a nice gesture.
01:56
But the old Tiger would have frozen out a competitor.
02:00
Literally.
02:01
The old Tiger also probably would've lost.
02:04
Incredibly, Woods fell to 0-7 in his career
02:08
in made for TV Skins games.
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So he can win 15 Majors,
02:12
but not a single hit and giggle Skins event?
02:15
Crazy.
02:16
Maybe you should try wearing a red shirt next time?
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Anyway, let's do it again next year guys.
02:22
But, maybe on a closer continent.
02:26
[yawns]
02:27
Now excuse me while I go take a nap.
02:30
[upbeat hip-hop music]
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