Tiger defends relationship with Trump: 'We all must respect the office'

Brooks Koepka has sights set on No. 1

Modal Trigger Brooks Koepka drives off the 17th tee at Ridgewood CC on Thursday. Getty Images

The top 125 players in the FedExCup standings were eligible for the first of four playoff events that culminate with a 30-player field for the September 20-23 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

We all know Tiger Woods isn't invited to Wakanda, but his latest comments just sucked him down to the sunken place.

Woods took small consolation Saturday after his first bogey-free round of the year, mainly because he managed only three birdies at The Northern Trust on a soft Ridgewood Country Club that is yielding plenty of them. The president, if anything, is held to a higher standard of behavior. We must respect the office therefore that confers respect to the occupant. Tiger wouldn't play the game - he is very smart. "If that is what you are saying, that is a stupid comment". He followed up with a question about "race relations", asking Woods if he has anything "more broadly" to say, referring to Trump's beefs with black sports stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

"He's the president of the United States".

Trump's public praise comes amid his continued disapproval of NFL players, majority African-American, who kneel during the national anthem to protest police treatment of black men.

On Monday, the two co-hosts of "First Take" laid into the 14-time majors victor for his "stupid" comments, with Stephen A. Smith starting off by stating that Tiger Woods isn't Black.

Trump tweeted praise of his friend Monday and criticized the "fake news" media.

Woods played in the toughest conditions yet, but says that the rain actually helped soften the course a bit and helped the greens. "You hit your golf ball tee-to-green, still got to hole it", Woods told Golf Channel after needing 35 putts.

As many as 13 players, including World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the US Open and PGA Champion Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Tommy Fleetwood were among those in Tied-5th at 67 each. We've had dinner together. He's publicly feuded with LeBron James and refused to invite the Warriors to the White House after several players and coach Steve Kerr said they wouldn't attend a White House visit. Trump even got involved himself, mocking Hill and ESPN's lackluster ratings.

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