Is it me, or has it been a hell of a lot more exciting to watch the PGA Tour this weekend?
For the first time in a long time I cannot only hear the reaction of a crowd, but I can also feel the emotion that they are radiating. Quite frankly, it’s because of Tiger Woods.
Now I have not had the chance to look at television ratings yet, but I’m pretty sure that viewership is up a great deal. It is good to see him contend. Typically, I say it’s good to see him make a cut.
People are tuned in for one of two reasons. They either want to see Tiger succeed or fail. That’s it. It is one or the other. Jason Gore has been a quality player some time now, but no one is looking forward to watching his round.
This is the first time in a long time I actually planned a weekend around watching golf and one of my favorite athletes. Woods will be catapulted back into the main event picture he can pull this win off.
Can the guy in red and black make a come back? Do you want to see him win?
I cannot articulate my feelings as I watched arguably the greatest golfer play the fourth worst round of his career for well over four hours. I am a Tiger Woods fan, but my patience is wearing quite thin.
The guy looked defeated at Chamber Bay. His body language communicated to the world that he was living up to his 195th official world golf ranking.
From 1996- 2014, Woods had only one 80+ round. He has had three 80+ rounds in 2015 alone.
In every tournament I notice that he is going to play in I say to myself and others, “Tiger will turn it around this week!” Apparently, I am a chronic liar. If only I were a politician I could be paid to say those inaccurate words.
To make his day even worse there was banner that said “Cheater” that flew above him while he was playing.
He was not been able to hit fairways and greens consistently like a player of his caliber should. Woods did sprinkle in a few good looking shots, but not enough to save his amateur-like round.
I believe it’s because he does not play enough. Tiger should play in more tourneys. That is the only way he can gain some type of momentum. What, if anything, do you believe is his problem?
Tiger Woods announced on his website that he will not be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2015.
I spoke to Arnold today and told him that I will not play in his tournament this year. I’m sorry I won’t be in Orlando next week, but I know it will be a really successful event.
I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides, but like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA TOUR until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level, Woods said.
Woods had won the tournament eight times.
It really comes as no surprise as he stated last month that he would be taking a break away from the sport.
Hopefully, he will return to play at the Masters. The event will take place April 9-12 in Augusta GA.
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“Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me,” he said. “My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back,” Woods said.
Tiger is now ranked 62nd in the world. This is his lowest ranking since coming on tour in 1996. He will surely fall even farther on the Official World Golf Rankings as long as he is out, The Masters is in eight weeks, so the chances of him playing there are quite bleak.
He went on to add that the injury he suffered last week at the Farmers Insurance Open had nothing to do with he deciding to take a break.
In Tiger Woods’ second outing of the year he was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.
On the day he began on the back nine of the north course of Torrey Pines. Woods received bogey on his first and third hole. He was able to get back to par before getting a double bogey on the 11th. He then had to pull out of the tournament due to the injury.
The Masters is nine weeks away, hopefully he will be able to play at Augusta.
Brooks Koepka was able to shoot a 66 en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was his first tour victory.
Hideki Matsuyama had a chance to send the tourney to a playoff, but missed his left-to-right breaking putt. However, he did record a fairway eagle on the first.
Martin Laird was tied with Koepka after his birdie on the par 5 15th, but he stumbled into the clubhouse as he recorded a bogey on the drivable 17th and he doubled on the 18th after driving into the drink.
The shot of the tournament had to go to Francesco Molinari who recorded an ace on the signature 16th hole.
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One of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The course is beautiful and quite challenging.
Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour after taking the last five months off because he wanted to seek professional help for personal challenges. He has won at least one event each year since 2008. You may expect him to come out hot but he may some rust to knock off.
The first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open got underway today and Tiger Woods, well he disappointed. Arguably, he is the greatest player from around the green and he proved that was a myth in the opening round.
“I’m just having a hard time finding the bottom. Because of my old pattern, I was so steep on it, that I have a new grind on my wedge and sometimes it’s hard to trust. This is a similar grind I used to use back in the early 2000s, but it’s a different grind. Some of my shots were into the grain with tight pins, and either I flop it or bump it, one of the two. I chose to bump it,” Woods said post round.
Through the first four holes he was +4. He was able to calm down and get into the tournament. On the 13th Woods was able to get his first eagle since the 2013 Firestone Invitational. He finished at 2-over for the day.
His playing partners didn’t play much better. Jordan Spieth finished at -1 and Patrick Reed concluded at even.
Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.
Jordan Spieth won the 2014 Hero World Challenge by ten shots at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.
Spieth shot 66 en route to his wire-to-wire victory. This is only the second win of his young career. The other came at the John Deere Classic in 2013.
Tiger Woods finished at even par for the tournament. He may have lost by twenty-six strokes, but Woods battled through awful shots and sickness to secure T-17. There’s a bright side for Tiger, however. He said that he could now hit the golf ball as hard as he wants and not feel any pain.
The 2013 PGA Tour season concluded Sunday at East Lake Golf Course. Henrik Stenson fired four rounds in the 60s en route to the victory. With the win Stenson also won the $10 million Fed Ex Cup prize. He had a great year, but the story is not about him.
This year, Eldrick ”Tiger” Woods won five big tournaments at courses that the previously played well at. Woods always plays well at Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Firestone Country Club, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, and Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Yes, the five wins are remarkable and they still may win him the 2013 Player of the Year Award. Tiger Woods, however, has made it no secret that he only cares about major championships. Since Tiger was a child he has always had a dream of surpassing Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors. With 14 majors it appears that Tiger may not catch Jack.
Why has Tiger not passed Jack?
Is it because of Tiger’s alleged cheating scandal?
NO! Tiger won tournaments prior to getting married, and he has won after the divorce, but he has still yet to win a major. He has moved on to Lindsey Vonn. Woods has appears to be happy with his relationship with Vonn. He has been smiling. Too much, well that’s a different story.
Is he to likable now?
Tiger used to be this intimidating figure that scared his opponents. Those days are long gone. Tiger now walks alongside his playing partners and have conversations. Tiger is now a good friend of Rory McIlory, the future of the PGA Tour. He never did this with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, or even Sergio Garcia. No one is afraid of him.
Did the talent surpass Tiger?
Maybe. Yes, players are better. However, no one can match Tiger.
So, what is the missing piece to the Woods puzzle?
The only thing that makes sense is Steve Williams, Tiger’s former caddie. Steve Williams carried Tiger’s golf clubs from 1999- 2011. In that span Tiger Woods won 14 major championships, which is more than anyone else in that span.
In 2011, Tiger and Steve decided to go there separate ways. It may not be obvious, but Tiger is missing Stevie. Williams kept Tiger focused. He didn’t let Tiger self-destruct. He was the only guy Tiger spoke to on the course.
Who is Tiger Woods? That is a question that is being debated by every fan he has. Is he this adulterer that won major after major. He was hated by some, but loved by many because he won a lot. Is Tiger this guy that wants to be liked on the course because his skill set is dwindling? Is he a sex addict that is not being truthful to himself? Maybe he needs “extra attention”. If that is who he is would the real Tiger Woods please stand up. If not, Eldrick Woods can go home.