Experts 2018: Tiger Woods' final Experts tune-up includes round with firefighter Matt Parziale

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Even in choice of practice companions, Tiger Woods has a flair for the theatric. On Monday Woods toured Augusta National with reigning Player from the Year Justin Thomas. Tuesday, a good alliance along with former adversary Phil Mickelson . And in his final tune-up for that 2018 Masters, Tiger walked the reasons with Matt Parziale, who’s turn out to be something of a folk hero within the tournament’s buildup.

The duo set off with Wendy Couples (who’s accompanied Woods almost all three practice rounds) in the mid-day on Wednesday. Parziale, a former mini-tour participant turned firefighter which captured the U. S. Mid-Am, said earlier in the week that will Woods had reached out after their October victory.

“He sent me a letter, inch Parziale said. “And that was amazing to receive, just because I had I were raised watching him. I played competing golf because I was able to view him growing up. ”

The two were seen talking throughout their front-nine excursion. Pursuing the round, Woods had nothing but compliment for Parziale and his game.

“Matt played excellent today and we really had a lots of fun. He’ s a terrific child and we had a really good time, inch Woods said. “I had a wonderful time with his dad, too. He or she told some great stories about the open fire department and things that he’ t done. ”

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The particular 14-time major winner also complimented Parziale for his service plus sacrifice. “The fact that Matt places his life on the line every day individuals, and then does this is amazing, inch Woods said.

As for Woods, the 42-year-old is constantly on the look agile and spry within preparation. Making his first Experts start since 2015, Tiger is usually scheduled to tee off with 10: 42 a. m upon Thursday with Tommy Fleetwood plus Marc Leishman.