Peyton Manning once trash-talked Tiger Woods so mercilessly that Woods used it as motivation to get better

  • Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were paired together during the pro-am portion of Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament.
  • During a previous round of golf, Manning mercilessly trash-talked Woods about losing his No. 1 ranking to Rory McIlroy, noting he even had to change his in-game audibles.
  • Woods quickly regained his No. 1 ranking and called Manning to make sure he switched the audibles back.


Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were paired together during the pro-am portion of Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament and based on their history, it can be safely assumed that there was a lot of smack-talk during the round.

Manning told an incredible story about how he once trash-talked Woods during a round of golf so mercilessly that Woods used it as motivation to regain his status as the No. 1 golfer in the world.

During an interview with Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel, Manning explained that with the Colts, his no-huddle audibles included "Tiger" (snap on one) and "Phil" (snap on two). It was a reference to Tiger being the No. 1 golfer in the world at the time and Mickelson typically being ranked second.

Manning said Tiger loved this.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (L) talks with Tiger Woods after Manning's NFL football game with Miami Dolphins in Miami, Florida September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES SPORT FOOTBALL)
CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 29: NFL player Peyton Manning waits alongside Tiger Woods on a green during the Pro-Am prior to the start of the Quail Hollow Championship at the Quail Hollow Club on April 29, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 29: Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning talks to Tiger Woods as Peyton's caddy and teammate Anthony Gonzalez looks on during the Pro-Am for the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club on April 29, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 29: Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning walks with Tiger Woods during the Pro-Am for the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club on April 29, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, OH - MAY 30: Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods walk down the fairway on the second hole during the Pro-Am of The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 30, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, OH - MAY 30: Former NFL player, Peyton Manning, speaks with Tiger Woods during the Pro-Am prior to The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 30, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, OH - MAY 30: Former NFL player, Peyton Manning, speaks with Tiger Woods during the Pro-Am prior to The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 30, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Manning then recalled a conversation he had with Tiger when the two played a round of golf together in early 2013, following the quarterback's first season with the Broncos.

Tiger asked Manning what the biggest difference was between the Colts' and Broncos' offenses.

"Tiger, it's really similar," Manning recalled saying to Tiger. "The hardest thing for me right now is that 'McIlroy' is on one, and 'Tiger' is on two," referring to Tiger entering the 2013 season ranked No. 2 behind Rory McIlroy.

Manning said Tiger did not take the blow well and vowed to do something about it.

Sure enough, Woods won two events that month and returned to the top of the rankings.

Then, according to Manning, Woods called the Broncos quarterback to make sure he switched the audibles back.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

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