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Why William McGirt is thankful for Tiger Woods calling him "an idiot"

November 10, 2015

William McGirt came up just short of winning his first PGA Tour title on Monday at the Sanderson Farms Championship. One person he won't be blaming? Tiger Woods.

McGirt did an interview with Golf Channel in which he explained how the 14-time major champ got him to adjust his strategy when he's in contention. McGirt explained he didn't look at leader boards on the back nine, to which Woods said, "You're an idiot." A bit harsh, perhaps, but Woods' words stuck with McGirt -- and he's thankful for that.