‘The Greatest Tiger Woods Story’: Kenny G, Butch Harmon, and Some Betting

Published 11/13/2021, 12:47 PM EST
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)


The world knows Kenny G as perhaps the greatest saxophonist in the world. However, what’s greater is probably his tale about the legendary Golfer, Tiger Woods.

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Although just an avid player, Kenny can play golf almost just as well as he plays the sax. Moreover, he boasts of a sub-2 handicap, and the fact that he has played five times with Tiger Woods himself.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates making a par on the 18th green to win the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

He recently recounted some old memories where he and Tiger seem to have hit it off. On the Barstool Sports’ Foreplay podcast, Kenny revealed some riveting tales from their time together.

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Kenny G’s little banter with Tiger Woods

At the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Kenny G was paired with Phil Mickelson against Woods. When he was putting, Woods stopped him and gave him a little advice. He said, “I want to help you putt- You’re moving your head.” At this, Kenny suggested having a putting contest between the two, and the latter agreed.

On the last hole, however, Kenny lost $20 to the now 15-time major champion, who refused to take what he won. Later, Kenny ran into Butch Harmon, his former coach, and when he told him what went down, he said, “He wants you to owe it to him, doesn’t he? He wants to hold that against you. Here’s what you do- Next time you see Tiger, take the 20, put it into his pocket, look him in the eye and go, f*ck you.”

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Meanwhile, Kenny made some great putts the next day, some that even featured on ESPN. So, when Woods came across him later, he said, “‘Hey, saw your putting lesson really worked; I saw your putts on TV.’ And I go, hey, thanks, and he’s walking away and there’s Butch… looking at me like, go get him, go get him.”

“So I’m nervous, but I walk up behind Tiger, stuffed the money into his back pocket and he looks around at me and I go, hey, f*ck you. And he looks at me and goes, hey, that’s a good one. Good job, bro.”

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Can you believe it? The host even went to the extent of calling it ‘the greatest tiger woods story’ ever. Truly fascinating stuff.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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