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There was a time when former world number one Tiger Woods and Charles Barkley were the best of friends, almost inseparable and always present by each other’s side. They hardly talk to each other now, having had an unceremonious end to their friendship but Barkley just cannot stop talking about Tiger.
Barkley sat down for an interview recently which was televised in the United States of America where he reiterated the act that he and Tiger are no longer friends. He said that he has not talked to the 14 time major winner since the accident. He added that since that time, both he and Tiger went in different directions.
Barkley mentioned that he is not upset by it but he is indeed a little bit disappointed to be very honest. According to Barkley, that particular night changed Tiger Woods forever. He mentioned that he chose to handle it his own way, and decided to sever ties with his friends and as his friend; he has to accept that decision made by him.
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It hasn’t even been a week since the United States suffered yet another humbling defeat in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles but the USPGA has already started a complete overhauling of the current system in place.
Ted Bishop, the president of the USPGA has told the media that the association is looking into the option of creating a special task force that will look into the entire system of operations of the Ryder Cup which will have a say in everything, starting from how the captains are chosen to the selection of the final twelve members in the team.
Bishop said that he intends to give this task force a completely blank canvas and hope it can give the PGA some input. He also mentioned that the PGA is willing to take a step back from the action and listen to the advice of people who are directly involved in the action.
There have been reports that the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will find places in this task force and will have a huge say in how things go about from now on.
Bishop did mention that there will be around ten to twelve members in the task force and most of them will be past or present players, and while he did not wish to name any potential member, sources do indicate the presence of Mickelson and Tiger Woods as well as Davis Love III.
Mickelson has been very vocal about his criticism of the current debacle of the US team in the Ryder Cup and although Tiger Woods was not a part of the side that lost the third consecutive Ryder Cup to Europe, the 14 time major winner is still the most sought after golfer in the world and the USPGA will turn to him.