Tiger Woods: Gary Player Was Right !

Apr 11, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Gary Player (left) shakes hands with Jack Nicklaus (middle) after hitting a ceremonial tee shot as Arnold Palmer (right) looks on before the first round of the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

After reading an article from Will Gray at the Golf Channel.com, I find myself in agreement with almost everything that the nine-time major champion, Gary Player had to say about Tiger Woods. The article, entitled: Player: Woods’ shot off flagstick cost him Masters  touched on Tiger’s woes at the 15th hole on Friday at Augusta National, along with his[Tiger's] quest to overtake Jack Nicklaus’  eighteen major championships.

I don’t know if you watched that morning, but Tiger was on a roll! He had his short irons dialed in, and was quickly making his way up the leaderboard. In fact, the wedge he hit to 15 was a great shot that found bad luck, and the water that protects the 15th green.

I also agree that some folks blew the drop Tiger made way out of proportion. Had Tiger, and his ego not gotten in the way, he very well could have won his fifth Green Jacket. I propose that had Adam Scott been up against Tiger in the final round instead of Angel Cabrera, the outcome might have been quite different.

Don’t get me wrong here, it was still a great win by Scott, and the playoff was historical, but we all know how intimidating Tiger Woods can be on Sunday with a share of the lead.

I especially thought Brandel Chamblee made way too much out of the situation when he called for Tiger to DQ himself. Had the officials DQ’d Tiger, I’m not sure the historical CBS/Masters agreement would have stood up. You had the feeling on Saturday morning that something was afoot, and they just couldn’t pull the trigger.

The situation, however, derailed a Tiger charge that might well have produced that 15th major.

I disagree with Mr. Player’s take on Tiger Woods ever catching and passing Jack’s 18 majors. I felt all year that if he didn’t get at least one in 2013, 18 and 19 would never come. I stand by that conviction.

I do agree that if Tiger continues to search for swing perfection, his chances of catching Jack go down immensely. I realize the changes were designed to take the pressure off his left knee, but he is spending way too much time on a swing that isn’t producing the results. Maybe it’s time for the World’s Number One player to get back to the basics, and the business of playing golf.

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  • Rolf


    no results?

    5 wins is not no results, and a major step up from 2012

    POTY, #1 again, and more than 2x as many as anyone else on the planet – and all big tourneys against deep fields

    I agree that the flagstick shot on 15 cost him the Masters (4 strokes on one shot that if it was a 1/2″ inch either way would have been within 3′ for bird, so arguably it cost him 5 shots)

    but I think it actually cost him the entire year in majors

    I think that if he had DQ’ed himself, he would have come out roaring at the Open, champing at the bit at the other 3 majors, furious but righteous the rest of the year

    I think the weirdness about Tiger ‘cheating’, starting at the Masters, with all 3 rues infractions for the year, despite the fact that all 3 cost him strokes, did not benefit him in any way, and of course were not in any way intentional (he clearly has a deep respect for tradition, and has always been a stickler for the rules), tainted his year in majors in an intangible but significant way

    the jury is still out on Foley’s tuition
    Tiger was coming back from a major injury, major upheaval in his personal life, and a complete overhaul of how he swings (no more left leg snap – that was his key move)
    I think the results are quite promising
    I think his game, on the whole, is in the best shape it’s been in since the 2008 Open, things have settled down in his personal life, and he has old man twinges but no major injuries

    I’m expecting the progress to continue in 2014
    and I expect him to play away from the flagsticks in all the majors
    at least by a 1/2″