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"Woods intentionally found the water!" Meet the Tiger Truthers

May 17, 2016

Forget the frozen envelope, Battle of the Sexes match and phantom punch. The best conspiracy theory in sports belongs to the #TigerTruthers.

For those that missed Monday's press conference at Congressional, Tiger Woods -- who mentioned that he's still without a timetable for return -- ended the event by hitting a ceremonial tee shot because...well, we're not quite sure why. We should say "attempting to hit," as Woods dumped all three of his shots into a lake:

In terms of ideas -- having a recovering Woods hit a shot over water without warm-up -- this was on par with Robin Ventura charging Nolan Ryan. Guessing whoever made that pitch is looking for a new job today.

Because we live in the times we do, there's been a great deal of schadenfreude at Woods' expense. Spite that, to a unique set of Tiger backers, had crossed a line.

Meet the #TigerTruthers, a group that believes Woods purposefully dunked his shots in the Bethesda waters.

Judging by some of these folks' Twitter bios and tweets, these are the same people who bought into the 2012 Armageddon prophecy and think Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.

Woods undoubtedly has done his share for military veterans; conversely, he's the most competitive individual this side of Michael Jordan. He wouldn't let you win a game of beer pong, let alone a closest-to-the-pin competition.

I think it's safe to say this theory, like Woods' tee shots, comes up short.