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Never forget Woody Austin giving the most brutally honest interview in the history of professional golf

April 21, 2021

Today's PGA Tour pros wouldn't dare use the "choke" word in a post-round interview following a brutal second-place finish. It's always "part of the process," or "my time will come." These close call interviews often double as self-motivational speeches.

Woody Austin, a four-time PGA Tour winner who now spends most of his year on the PGA Tour Champions, was never about that "process" life. Austin, now 57, was and still is the ultimate tell-it-like-it-is guy, a true throwback in the year 2021. 

This week, Austin will tee it up on the PGA Tour alongside fellow senior Rocco Mediate at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which is in its fourth year of being a team event. Thirteen years ago, while it was still a normal, 72-hole stroke play individual event, Austin arrived at the 72nd tee needing a birdie to force a playoff with Andres Romero. He proceeded to make an absolute mess of the hole, topping his second shot out of the rough and then blocking his third into the water down the right side. He eventually made double bogey, finishing three back of Romero. 

During the meltdown, Austin could be heard chastising himself. "You are the biggest choking dog," Austin says after hitting it in the water. In his post-round interview on NBC, he took it even further, delivering what might be the most brutally honest assessment of a final-hole stumble in the history of professional golf:

Unbelievable. They simply don't make 'em like Woody anymore. Remember, this is the guy who would sarcastically fist pump after missing putts back in his day:

Better then banging the putter off your head, I suppose:

What a king. Shoutout to Skratch for all the Woody Austin content, especially the interview, which we guess is them celebrating the anniversary of Woody choking like an absolute dog at the Zurich on Zurich week. Very nice touch.