Tiger Woods Still Cannot Swing Golf Club After Back Surgery

tiger-woods-british-open-espn_t780Tiger Woods still cannot swing a golf club after his second microdisectomy surgery last month, but he’s not fully backing out of his fall commitments.

In a post on TigerWoods.com, it was announced that Woods will travel to Mexico City for the America’s Golf Cup, an exhibition to promote golf in Latin America but will not compete in the 72-hole best ball tournament or the afternoon teaching clinic. Matt Kuchar, who was scheduled to team with Woods in the event, will “do the heavy lifting, as Tiger cannot swing a golf club yet.”

For all the sponsors, no fear! Woods will still host a breakfast before the tournament begins.

Woods had back surgery on Sept. 16 and is hopeful to return to competitive golf early in 2016.

Friend Says Tiger Woods Knows ‘Sun Is Setting’ On Career

tiger4Following his second back surgery in the last two years, Tiger Woods seems to have tempered expectations for what remains of his career—at least according to Notah Begay III, Woods’ close friend and former college teammate at Stanford.

Begay said that Woods post-surgery is “giving it a little extra time to heal up before he starts rehabilitation. He’s just spending a lot of time at home and going to soccer games and watching Sam and Charlie play their fall soccer. It’s hard. It’s a challenge to be on the couch, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Speaking on an NBC Sports conference call, Begay touched on Woods’ expectations for 2016, which, if an accurate reflection of Woods’ thinking, represent maybe the first time the 14-time major winner has come close to publicly acknowledging that he’s reached the twilight of his career.

“I think he has a clear understanding with where he’s at in regard to his career that the sun is setting,” Begay said. “He’s very fair about where he’s at with his career and his body, and he’s certainly not going to go down without a fight, without trying to do everything he can to get back to a world-class level.”

Woods announced Sep. 18 that he had undergone a second microdiscectomy surgery a few days earlier and that he hopes to return to competition in early 2016. With the Ryder Cup on the horizon and Woods far from peak form, Team USA captain Davis Love III said Monday that Woods, if unable to qualify, would make a great assistant captain.

courtesy of Brendan Mohler (golf.com)

 

Tiger Woods Watches U.S. Open Tennis Match With Daughter Sam

Tiger-TennisHaving failed to qualify for the PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs, Tiger Woods turned free time into family time, taking in a U.S. Open tennis match with his daughter Sam at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York Friday night.

Woods watched his fellow 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal’s wild third-round tilt against Fabio Fognini from Nadal’s family box. The Spaniard coughed up a two-set lead for the first time in his career, falling to the unheralded Italian in five sets.

Nadal’s early exit snapped his 10-year streak of winning at least one major title per season and brought his dreadful 2015 campaign to an end.

Woods didn’t fare any better this year. Struggling with a surgically repaired back and a swing change, Woods went winless in 2015 and missed the cut in the season’s final three majors.

He will tee it up next at the Frys.com Open, the first tournament of the wraparound 2015-2016 season, in October.

courtesy of Golf.com Staff

Tour Confidential: What Can We Make of Tiger Woods This Week?

tiger41. Tiger Woods shot three rounds in the 60s before a triple-bogey on Sunday derailed any hopes of winning the Wyndham Championship and extending his season into the FedEx Cup playoffs. What do you make of his week? What’s the main takeaway: him being in serious contention for the first time in two years or failing to break par on Sunday when it mattered most?

Eamon Lynch, managing editor, GOLF.com (@EamonLynch): This may be Tiger’s new reality: he has the undoubted ability to play sublime golf and shoot impressive scores, but playing around his weaknesses (either off the tee or around the green) is not likely to be a winning strategy. Most of the week when he was faced with short game shots Tiger opted for an airborne option — a flop shot or semi-flop — that allowed him to take a fuller swing. Guys with the chip yips can still execute those shots without flinching. When faced with a required chip shot on Sunday, the yips were exposed anew. Hank Haney made the astute point after the Masters that having the yips does not mean that one yips every time the opportunity presents itself, but the fear and possibility is there. That’s painfully evident in Tiger’s game. In many ways he is much improved since his awful start to the year, but the chipping issue remains and seems more psychological than technical.

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): If he had made 18 pars today it would feel more like progress, but the triple bogey that took Tiger out of the tourney was so wretched it has to leave more scar tissue. And it’s further proof that the chip-yips live inside of you like a sickness, just waiting to bloom at the worst possible time.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: He’s making slow progress to a place he has never been before: one of the top-20 players or so in the world, able to win now and again.

Jeff Ritter, senior editor, SI Golf Group (@JeffRitter): Given what Tiger had shown this season, I was completely shocked to see him in contention through the weekend. That was real progress. He still has more work to do to handle Sunday pressure, but it was an encouraging week. It left me thinking that he’ll win a Tour event somewhere in 2016.

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It’s Official: Tiger Woods Is Now A Ceremonial Golfer

tiger4For a minute there, it was easy to forget.

In the golden twilight last Saturday at St. Andrews, Tiger Woods was making what he calls “the greatest walk in golf”—up the 18th fairway of the Old Course, through an amphitheater of towering bleachers and ancient buildings, their balconies packed with fans anachronistically clutching binoculars. The crowd was roaring for Woods, who at the 356-yard home hole had driven his ball onto the green before it trickled back off the front edge.

Saturdays used to belong to Tiger; it was when he built the leads that staked him to 14 major championships. Back then he played in a bubble of his own making, but now he was soaking in the scene, gesturing to the gallery. Woods sent his eagle try racing toward the hole, and a couple of feet out raised his putter triumphantly. But the ball skittered six feet by, and he missed the comebacker. Just like that, we were back in the glum present.

Woods wasn’t looking to extend a lead but merely punching the clock on a weather-delayed second round. Seven over par heading into his final hole, he wasn’t even close to the cut line. But the letdown at the last underscored that even when nothing is at stake, Woods can no longer summon the slightest flair for the dramatic. Trudging off the green—to polite, almost embarrassed applause—he looked more broken than at any time during this woebegone season. The chip-yipped 82 at Phoenix was shocking, the 85 at Memorial alarming and the 80 at the U.S. Open depressing, but this felt like a requiem. The Old Course is Woods’s favorite track in the world, and in his previous start, at the Greenbrier, he had his best ball-striking week in two years. Said a subdued Tiger on Saturday night, “I felt like I was playing well enough to win this event.”

This Open at the Old Course was always going to be a measure of how far Woods has fallen. In 2000 he won there during the most dominant season in golf history. He won again in ’05, by five, for his 10th major title, and Woods was making history with seemingly every swing. In ’10, still reeling from the fallout of his tabloid-fueled sex scandal, he finished tied for 23rd. Woods won five Tour events in ’13 and seemed to be building toward bigger things, but that now looks like a last gasp. He’s winless since then and has become a nonfactor at the majors. Last week’s 76–75 left him tied for 147th in a field of 156. Woods’s tournament was over essentially 15 minutes into  the opening round. After striking it beautifully on the range, he chunked a 3-iron off the 1st tee, then duffed an 8-iron into the burn. It was the seventh time in his eight tournaments this year that he started with a bogey. Maybe the most imperious golfer ever has developed stage fright.

Where does he go from here? Woods said on Saturday night that he would consult a launch monitor to check his spin rates in hopes of better understanding why he struggled in the wind. Once an artist, he has turned into a mad scientist, laboring to master the fifth swing of his pro career. Two of them have come since his fall from grace as he has desperately sought reinvention. When Woods owned the game, he had a deep sense of entitlement; in his mind he deserved to win simply because he was Tiger Woods. All that was stripped away in the tawdriest scandal of the media age. No wonder he has been looking for swing clues by watching video of his teenaged self—this divorced father of two is still trying to figure out who he is, on and off the golf course.

Woods, 39, has time to turn things around; Jack Nicklaus won the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship at 40, to say nothing of the Masters at 46. But Nicklaus’s life and his game were always grounded in stability, with only his motivation coming and going.

Among the seven players Woods beat last week were Sir Nick Faldo, 58, playing his final Open at the Old Course, and Tom Watson, 65, who said goodbye to his favorite tournament after 38 years. Hard to believe that Woods has joined their ranks as nothing more than a ceremonial golfer.

courtesy of Alan Shipnuck (golf.com)

It took two holes to realize this isn’t Tiger Woods’ week at the Old Course

Tiger Woods often says St. Andrews is his favorite golf course in the world and it certainly has the perfect first hole for him. Wide open and calling for an iron off the tee to layup before the Swilcan Burn, it’s a great way to get off to a good start.

Well, usually.

Woods semi-chunked his iron off the tee. His wedge approach was hit slightly better, but it failed to clear the narrow strip of water drawing gasps from a heavy pro-Tiger crowd. Woods dropped and got up-and-down to save bogey, but the problems were just beginning.

On the 452nd-yard par-4 second, Woods chose an iron while his playing partners both boomed drivers. Hitting his approach from some 70 yards behind Jason Day, Woods watched as his ball came up a good 30 yards short. After knocking his third to about 15 feet, Woods struck what he thought was a perfect putt. He stepped in for a small fist pump, but the ball horseshoed out of the cup, drawing this pained reaction.

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Two holes, two over. A couple days removed from saying he wants to play the Old Course backwards before he dies, the only place Woods was going in reverse on Thursday was down the leader board.

Meanwhile, a light Easterly wind had the outward nine at St. Andrews there for the taking on Day 1. Just among those teeing off earlier than Tiger on Thursday morning, David Lingmerth shot 29. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Robert Streb shot 31. Woods shot 40.

Woods made that easy portion of the course look difficult and he certainly made it play longer by hitting a number of irons off the tee. When he finally hit driver on No. 4, he striped one down the middle — and right into a divot.

Bad play. Bad breaks. Woods may still love this place, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to see much Old Course magic this week.

UPDATE: Woods shot 76, his worst-ever opening score at the British Open. It will take him a tremendous effort on Friday to avoid missing back-to-back cuts in majors for the first time in his career.

courtesy of Alex Myers (golfdigest.com)

 

Can Tiger Woods win again at St. Andrews? 3 major champions debate it

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If allowed a mulligan one year later, Paul Azinger would like to reassess an observation. That thing he said last year about “Tiger Woods being the lead story at every major until he quits.” Well, on the threshold of the 144th Open Championship at St. Andrews, Azinger concedes that isn’t the case.

Not with Jordan Spieth chasing the opportunity of getting three-quarters of the way to the Grand Slam. And not on the same day that World No. 1 Rory McIlroy announced that his sprained left ankle would keep him out of the lineup next week at the Old Course.

So even if you slot the continued comeback efforts of Woods into the next position, well, who would have ever thought we’d see the day when we’d move him that far down the list of topics? Which isn’t to say that Woods is an afterthought, because he most certainly isn’t. It’s just that from what we’ve seen in 2015 — the chili-dips to the scores in the 80s to the bogey-free round at the Greenbrier Classic last Sunday — leaves even the most astute observers shaking their heads.

“I’d say that for the first time ever with him, I have no idea what to expect,” Andy North said.

Azinger, North and Curtis Strange will be on hand at the Old Course as part of the ESPN team that will broadcast all four days of championship play. They possess the necessary perspective, too.

Strange played in the Open Championship 13 times, including 1990 and 1995 at the Old Course, and for years he held the course record of 62, later matched by Brian Davis.

Azinger, who nearly won the Open Championship in his debut in 1987, played in 10 other Opens, including three at St. Andrews: 1990, 1995 and 2000.

North played in four Opens, including 1990 at the Old Course.

All are major champions, have a true understanding of links and a deep appreciation for this championship. Factor in their long observance of the iconic Woods, and their thoughts during an ESPN conference call Wednesday resonate. On the one hand, North thinks this year’s Open is coming at the perfect time for Woods, who steamrolled to victories at the Old Course by eight strokes in 2000 and by five in 2005.

“Every single hole he has a picture of good things happening,” North said. “He has good shots in his mind to fall back on.”

But the frustrating thing these days with Woods, a 79-time victor on Tour who hasn’t won in nearly two years, is that there is a flip side that is painted gray. North wasn’t getting overly giddy about the T-32 that Woods posted last week at the Greenbrier, even if it did include his first bogey-free round in nearly two years. Woods’ strokes-gained-putting stat was a minus-.251, and whatever hope he has for a good week at St. Andrews “comes down to one thing: how he putts,” North said.

Consistently, Azinger has questioned Woods’ seemingly endless obsession with mechanics, with swing-coach switches and changing what always worked beautifully.

“He’s got to get out of the lab and onto the golf course,” Azinger said. “He doesn’t need people telling him what to do; he needs someone to remind him to go out and just play.”

Picking up on that, Strange agreed with Azinger’s assessment that Woods needs to remind himself to “drive it, wedge it, putt it.” The thing is, “can he believe he can do it?” Strange said.

That, of course, is at the heart of this mystery, how the greatest player of his generation — and perhaps in history — has lost his confidence and forgotten how to repeat his golf swing near-flawlessly time after time after time.

“Nothing would surprise me,” Strange said. “I root for him. It’s better for the game if (he plays well), but he’s got to make this turnaround.”

courtesy of Jim McCabe (Golfweek.com)

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday July 2, 2015  (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Thursday July 2, 2015 (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.

Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind leader Scott Langley.

Helped by a morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, Woods posted his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par.

It was only the fourth time he shot in the 60s in 21 rounds. None on the first day of a tournament.

“Overall I can’t really say I hit any great shots, but I hit a lot of good ones,” Woods said. “I hit the ball better than what my score indicates.”

Two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Woods had the highest 36-hole score of his pro career – 156.

Woods came to Greenbrier ranked No. 220 in the world and faced with the prospect of missing cuts in consecutive tournaments for the first time since 1994, when he had not yet turned pro.

For one round, at least, his solid game returned.

“Overall, if you drive the ball well here, you’re going to probably have at least seven shots with 9-iron or below into the greens, and you’re going to have to capitalize on that,” Woods said. “So far I’m one of those guys who did.”

Woods started on the back nine Thursday and birdied three of his first seven holes. He made bogey on the par-5 17th after his drive went into a hazard to the right, and a double bogey from a greenside bunker on the sixth hole left him at 1 under on his round.

Woods said he adjusted his aim later in the round after noticing that playing partners Steve Stricker and David Lingmerth were missing putts on the high side of the hole.

“I lowered my line just a touch, maybe half a ball here and there, and it seemed to pay off,” he said.

Woods finished with three straight birdies, making bending putts of 18 and 19 feet on the final two holes.

“Just trying to get back to 3 (under), and we just happened to pull off a hat trick coming home,” he said.

Jonathan Byrd and Danny Lee were a stroke behind Langley after 7-under 63s. Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa were at 64.

Friends Langley and Byrd both said they fed off each other during their morning round. They were tied at 7 under before Langley surged ahead with a short birdie putt at the par-4 16th.

Neither has a top 10 finish this season and both need some solid results to be among the 125 qualifiers for the FedEx Cup playoffs starting in late August.

“I got a little down on myself earlier in the year because the results weren’t really there,” Langley said. “I kind of looked at myself in the mirror and said, you know, at the end of the day, I need to be the most positive guy in the field week in and week out.”

Langley, seeking his first win on the PGA Tour, finished 25th at the Travelers Championship a week ago. He hit 17 greens in regulation in his bogey-free round Thursday.

Byrd is in the tournament on a sponsor’s exemption.

“I’m very thankful just to be in the field this week,” he said.

Fans were certainly glad to see George McNeill and Justin Thomas.

Both made holes-in-one on the par-3 18th, triggering advertised tournament payouts of $100 to fans at the hole for McNeill’s ace and $500 for Thomas’ feat, or a total of about $192,000. The next hole-in-one at any point in the tournament on the 18th would net fans $1,000 apiece.

The tournament also gave McNeill $25,000 and Thomas $50,000 for the charities of their choice.

courtesy of JOHN RABY (AP sports writer)

Top 100 Teachers: Majority Say Tiger Woods Making The Cut at St. Andrews Would Be A Success

Tiger Woods removes his hat after his  second round in the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Friday, June 19, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Tiger Woods removes his hat after his second round in the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay on Friday, June 19, 2015 in University Place, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Given the recent form Tiger Woods has displayed in 2015, it would be a success if he simply makes the cut at St. Andrews—so says a majority of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers.

When asked what would stand as a success for Woods when he competes at the British Open next month at St. Andrews—a venue he’s won at twice before—61 percent of the participants said it would be simply making the cut. “No one on Tour that has been quoted publicly feels he is ready to do much more (than make the cut), and they know more than any of us,” Michael Hebron (Smithtown Landing GC) said.

However, 26 percent of the participants said a top-20 finish would define success.

“It’s time for him to start getting back to form,” Ed Ibarguen (Duke University GC) said. “I realize he keeps saying he is playing to win, but a respectable top-20 finish on a golf course he has won on before would give him a slight boost. I’m sure anything less would be a disappointment to him.”

The British Open begins in two weeks at St. Andrews. Woods will play this week at The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, his last tournament before the British.

courtesy of Sean Zak (golf.com)

Six reasons why Tiger Woods will never win another Major

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Simply put, Tiger Woods revolutionized the game of golf. He was like no one the game had ever seen, and the masses flocked to watch him play- no, change- the game of golf.

Woods was on television playing golf as a toddler, became the first man ever to win the US Junior amateur multiple times, won the US amateur at a younger age than anyone previously, and stormed onto the PGA Tour in a cyclone.

Woods’ fist-pumping, energetic, aggressive style sent PGA Tour veterans cowering in the corner, and Woods told the world he was here to stay right off the bat with a record-shattering 12-stroke victory in the 1997 Masters.

Woods, then 21, came onto the pro circuit and absolutely embarrassed the field in golf’s most prestigious tournament. Almost immediately thereafter, Augusta National, the host course, began making drastic changes in an effort to “Tiger-proof” the golf course, so such a beatdown wouldn’t happen again.

Spoiler alert: it did. Woods has won there three times since.

And did I mention that Woods is black? In a game where rich white men historically trotted around the course with blacks allowed only to caddie, Woods rocked their world by not only making it on tour, but by owning it.

That same course that implemented structural changes to prevent Tiger from winning didn’t allow black members until 1990, just six years before Tiger made it on tour. It refused women until 2012.

There will never be another player like Tiger Woods. He was so different, so revolutionary, so dominant, so intense; he’s a once-in-a-lifetime player that the world has never seen before and may never see again. Personally, there will never be another player that I idolize more or root for harder. No golfer in my lifetime has ever captured audiences more thoroughly than Eldrick Woods, and for me, none ever will.

Which is why it hurts me so much to realize that it’s all over.

Tiger Woods will not win another major championship. He’s won 14 of them, and ten years ago, it wasn’t a question of if, but rather when, Tiger would break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors.

Too much has changed, too much has gone down for Tiger to be the player and the man he once was, and there are six specific reasons why.

1. Age

This one is obvious: Tiger isn’t getting any younger. Now 38 years old, he’s entering the end of his prime as a golfer. Can he be competitive for several more years? Of course. Jack won at Augusta when he was 46, and Phil Mickelson continues to play at a high level into his 40s.

But with that said, the list of current 40+ players winning regularly is very, very short, if it exists at all.

2. Health

This is closely tied to age, and is much more detrimental to Tiger’s ability. While age is just a number, a bad back is anything but, and that is what ails Woods right now. The knee seems to be fine, but now the back is giving Tiger fits. This type of injury can linger, and derail anyone’s career.

3. Confidence

Did Tiger Woods have the best golf swing when he arrived on tour? Maybe. Did he have the best mental game? Without a shadow of a doubt.

Woods’ advantage was between his ears, as well as between the ears of his competitors. In the early 2000s, when Tiger was plowing through the world’s best players with ease, everyone in the field believed it was Tiger Woods’ championship to win. He had a killer instinct and a will to win that was unparalleled, making him a terrifying competitor with ferocious intensity.

Now, he lacks that same confidence. I’m not sure anyone believes Tiger can win on a weekly basis anymore, and his own failures have allowed doubt to creep in. No golfer can win unless he believes he can.

4. Putting

When Tiger was at his best, he never missed clutch putts. Every putt that had to go in did just that, and at one point he had a streak of something like 1,000 straight putts made inside three feet.

That was before he changed putters. I can’t fault Woods for doing so- the money thrown at him for going to the Nike Method he now uses must have been ridiculous. But since switching from the Scotty Cameron putter he won 13 majors with, he hasn’t won another.

I think the Indian, and not the arrow, is at fault here, but the switch had to rattle Tiger’s confidence even further.

5. New swing

First of all, I think that Tiger’s swing is just as good now as it was when he was winning. However, it isn’t his swing.

Tiger grew up on tour taking wild lashes at the ball, playing a draw on nearly every shot. Now, he’s toned it down for more control, opting for a fade instead.

I like his new swing- it’s more fundamentally sound and will produce more consistently- for most players. But this is Tiger Woods we’re talking about- I’m not sure firing Butch Harmon and switching to Sean Foley as his swing coach was the best move for him.

6. Strength of competition

The PGA Tour has evolved since Tiger got on tour- a great example of this is the purse size, or earnings for players who make the cut in a tournament. Tiger’s first major win- the 1997 Masters- had a purse of $2.7 million, with $486,000 going to the champion.

In 2013, Adam Scott made just shy of $1.5 million for winning, with the total purse being $8 million.

Now, not all of this can be attributed to Woods, but he’s certainly had a hand in popularizing the game throughout the last 20 years. His own doing may be his undoing- as popularity and money have increased, so has his competition. The players are better, parity is at an all-time high, and anyone can win on any given week making it harder for Tiger to do so.

Tiger Woods hasn’t won a major since 2008, when he topped Rocco Mediate and the rest of the US Open field on one leg, limping around Torrey Pines in a stoic manner, determined to get it done at all costs.

Since that day, we haven’t seen that same Tiger- only glimpses of what he once was.

There have been so many moments in Tiger’s career that have left is in shock and awe, that gave us no option but to rise to our feet in amazement. From the ace at 16 in the Arizona desert to the gutty US Open win at Torrey, and everything in between (a certain Augusta chip-in comes to mind), Tiger has been nothing short of unbelievable.

Until he prowls down the 18th fairway, wearing red, tied for the lead once again, I’ll be left with no more than memories of what it was once like to watch the man they call Tiger.

courtesy of Scott Peceny (isportsweb.com)

 

The Golf Blog: Is Tiger Woods “David Duval” done?

woodsAfter repeatedly defending Tiger Woods during his current 7-year major drought, we give up. He just shot his worst round in tournament play, 85–yes, 85 and finished dead last at a venue he’s owned and won at 5 times (the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus’s tourney). For the first time his career, Tiger played alone in the first group on Sunday given his last place standing.

Now on his 4th swing coach (Chris Como) and 4th major swing of his professional career, Tiger has become a shell of his former self. His driver is his nemesis, and the dreaded chipping yips that he overcame at the Masters appear to be back. Nothing in his game seems reliable.

On the Golf Channel, Notah Begay defended his friend Tiger and asked for patience of several more months to judge Tiger’s swing changes. But Tiger’s been working with Como for 8 months already. The results just have not materialized. At times, Tiger looks completely lost.

Others have correctly likened Tiger’s dramatic fall from the top golfer in the world to Seve Ballesteros’s career. Seve had to give up tournament competition because he couldn’t hit his driver straight. We’re also reminded of the more recent example of David Duval, who flamed out after winning his only major, succumbing to injuries and then the inability to recapture his swing.

Perhaps it’s only fitting that Tiger shot his worst round at Jack’s tournament. It was probably the final nail in the coffin in Tiger’s quest to beat Jack’s record of 18 majors. R.I.P.

courtesy of the golf blog