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The story behind the new sentimental item in Tiger Woods' trophy case

July 28, 2020

Tiger Woods’ trophy room is filled with memorabilia from golf’s biggest events. When you’ve won three U.S. Amateurs, five Masters, three U.S. Opens, three Opens Championships and four PGA Championships, you’re not dealing with any shortage of hardware. Quite the opposite—any space in that trophy room is prime real estate.

So how did one of Matt Kuchar’s golf balls claim a spot?

The answer goes back to Woods’ lone (so far) captaincy of a U.S. national team. The 15-time major winner served as player-captain for the victorious U.S. side in the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, where his team trailed after each session but mounted a comeback in singles to secure the victory last December.

Kuchar made the Cup-clinching putt on the 17th hole on Sunday, which set off celebrations and Woods’ tear ducts. Kuchar’s caddie, John Wood, sensed how much the moment meant to Tiger and made sure to give Woods the ball that sealed the deal.

“Very special to me,” Woods said in the latest episode of At Home With Tiger Woods. To hear his full comments, watch the embedded video.