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protecting his back a bit towards the finish. If
he can create that speed, there can’t be that
much wrong with his back, or his knee. I’m
not surprised. He’s had a year of rehab, and
with his resources, I would expect him to
have worked it out.
teacher The one thing that makes everyone
look ordinary is age. And you can’t beat that.
broadcaster A successful 2018 has nothing
to do with wins. It would be a great year for
him if he just entered his 16 to 18 events
and could finish all of them, whether that’s
playing two rounds or four. If he can just play
and not have to withdraw from a tournament,
then everything after that is a bonus. If that
includes a win somewhere, then that would
HITTING THE DRIVER
AND FULL SHOTS
teacher Augusta asks hard questions from
the tee. I look at Tiger’s driver, and that’s a
big issue for him.
multiple winner on tour The fairways
aren’t that wide at Augusta. It’s very
important to be hitting from the fairway
tour pro/tv analyst He’s one of the most
erratic-driving great players ever.
former tour pro He’s long enough in
everyone’s mind except maybe his own. The
phobia about crushing drives really hurts
him. He still tries to hit the ball too hard – all
his problems revolve around that.
teacher All in all, I see a lack of subtlety in
Tiger going forward. It’s going to be crash-
bang-wallop. The only time he’s shown any
subtlety was when he won at Hoylake.
tour caddie Going at the ball way too hard,
he’s going to hurt himself again.
teacher Golf today is not about shaping
shots. The ball doesn’t let the players do
that. A fade now moves maybe four yards
in the air. Trevino used to fade it 30 yards
sometimes. That was a fade. Now it’s a drift.
So that helps Tiger.
multiple winner on tour At Augusta, you
have to work the ball both ways, but Tiger
was fading everything in the Bahamas. There
was no turning the ball over, which makes
his ball speed even more incredible.
teacher In the Masters, it’s more about how
far you can go off the tee rather than where.
Getting short clubs in your hands mitigates
any lack of angle into the flags. If you’re short,
you have to be in the right place off the tee so
that you can hit a long iron to the hole and
not just the middle of the green. So Tiger is
right to go for distance more than accuracy
with his driver. The top guys all play that way.
major champion His ball-striking is going to
be better than people think.
multiple winner on tour He’s clearly been
hitting balls and working hard – more than
he was admitting to.
former tour pro Tiger looks like he’s
hitting hold-off fades. But he did that when
he was winning, too. And Jack won the
Masters six times hitting fades.
broadcaster Turning it over from right to
left is dangerous for him. If he’s trying to turn
one around the corner on 13, I can see him
in the trees on the right a lot. Which is better
than hooking it in the creek. So holes where
he has to move it strongly right to left could
be a problem. Which is not to say that I think
you have hit draws to win at Augusta. That’s
nonsense, as Jack and Fred have proved.
broadcaster Sometimes you’re aiming at
a dustbin lid in terms of where you can land
the approach. Tiger has the ability to do that,
but will his game be sharp enough by the
Masters to give him that level of accuracy?
major champion His iron play has never
been in question. Even when he’s struggled,
it’s been great.
tour caddie You can argue he’s the greatest
iron player of all time.
former tour pro No one has ever hit it so
close, so often.
former tour pro The pitching and
chipping used to be as good as Phil. Now,
teacher You can chip and pitch using the
leading edge, or you can use the bounce.
Tiger has always used the leading edge, but
that’s riskier when you get a bit older. He’d be
better switching because his vision changed
– everyone’s does. His depth perception
changed. He can’t find the bottom of his arc
consistently using the leading edge. That’s
why he chunks some and hits others thin.
former tour pro The shaft can get too
perpendicular on his chips. That’s the first
thing you do when you get scared – it’s the
equivalent of curling up in a ball and hoping
the scary man goes away.
TIGER SINCE HIS LAST MAJOR WIN
Woods’ runner-up finish in the 2009 US PGA Championship is his best
Major finish since winning the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines:
HE LOOKED LIKE AN OLD
41-YEAR-OLD A YEAR AGO.
NOW HE LOOKS LIKE A
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Tiger' s last weekend
tee-time in a Major
was three years ago.
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