Watch Tiger Woods (maybe) blade a bunker shot into the TPC Scottsdale crowd on purpose

January 28, 2015

Two questions have swirled around Tiger Woods in his return to the PGA Tour this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open: What happened to his tooth in Italy? And what happened to his short game at Isleworth?

Woods gave us his answer to the first question during Tuesday's press conference and tried to quell concerns about the second. But in Wednesday's pro-am, he gave people more reason to wonder what is going on with his wedges -- or did he?

Woods didn't chunk any chips (at least, that we have video of) like he did at an alarming rate at the Hero World Challenge last month, but he did blade a bunker shot into the crowd on TPC Scottsdale's famed 16th hole. Did he do it on purpose, though?

Woods was booed when he missed the green and Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker tweeted that Tiger's shot from the sand was a playful retort to the rowdy fans in the crowd.

Hmm. Isn't that a little dangerous to try, especially for someone who has been struggling with his short game of late?

The AP's Doug Ferguson, who was also on the scene, had a slightly different take:

In any matter, thanks to Arizona Republic reporter Kellie Hwang for capturing the shot in question. Check it out and let us know what you think: