Most of the golf world is all wondering the same thing: what on earth happened to Tiger Woods this week? Of all tournaments that he has entered this year whether it be Pebble or St. Andrews this was actually supposed to be “his course.” Lets face it what other golfer has a .700 winning percentage at a course that they have played at least ten times. Slump or no slump you would expect him to at least be in the hunt on the weekend at this course. Instead he finishes at +18. Currently tied for 78th place in a field of 80. This was by far his worst golf tournament ever as a professional golfer. If he didn’t have so much pride he would have withdrew from the tournament and done some serious practicing. Because what he was doing out there was detrimental to his game, hitting flop shots over a bunker only to land in the rough then walking through the bunker and without hesitation or a practice swing just hits his next shot on the green. Or hitting TV towers some 20 yards behind the green. I have never seen Tiger so mentally out of a golf tournament to the point where it just looks like he doesn’t care anymore and he is just going through the motions. So where does this leave Tiger and his chances at Whistling Straits? At this point one has to wonder if he will make the cut.
I was one of the people to say that he was going to be better and more determined when he came back from his hiatus. And it looked that way when he finished 4th in the Masters; but now this, a +18. This really begs the question: will we see the old Tiger ever again? The Tiger that the rest of the field was intimidated to play with or got nervous when they heard the loud roars knowing that he was climbing up the leader board. I think those days are over. At least until he makes some changes. What was wrong with the swing that won him majors by 12 strokes? Where he used to blister a 2-iron down the fairway 265 yards? I think he needs to forget trying to shape the shot so much and crush his driver and go back to the basics, the older swing that worked. These changes, if made, wont be in effect until at least next season at the earliest. So what does he need to do now, looking at Whistling Straits, his last hope of redemption? I think he needs to seriously work on his putting and just focus on one shot style that he can go to and feel really comfortable with, whether it be a low draw, or his towering fade. Either one will work, but he needs one because at firestone he was missing left and right and that wont work at a major.
About the Author
Written by David Pappas
Live in the Baltimore area. Grew up a Spurs, Ravens, and Terps fan. Went to college at the University of Arizona.