In this morning's Hilton Head Island Packet, I read this blurb from Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post
Those who think that this week simply marks the return of Tiger Woods to his regularly scheduled appointment with greatness - and 5 more major championships to pass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 - probably don't have much feeling for tournament golf.
Woods' sel-confidence will never be quite the same. In golf, everybody "learns to lose" eventually. It just took Tiger much longer. Once you know how, you never forget. Jack Nicklaus was a runner-up in majors even more often than he won: 19 times.
So, Husky1970 asks you - Do you agree with Mr. Boswell or are you a believer in Tiger?
MissE - I, for one, do believe in some of what Boswell says. So much of PGA success depends on making clutch putts. That is something Tiger has always excelled at prior to 2010. But for a different perspective I refer you to a hub written by ace1584 entitled "The Eye of the Tiger." Very well written and it made me think.
I dont think you can ever write Tiger Woods off, if he gets out and running in a competition he is hard to keep tabs on. I do agree that everyone "learns to loose" at some point. I'm not sure Tiger will have learnt it quite well enough yet.
I think Tiger will eventualy return to greatness once he gets his head on straight. I would not bet against him. This is the perfect place for Tiger since everyone bet against him in his quest for greatness starting out. I believe he likes to be the underdog and his resolve will prove many naysayers wrong. Do I like Tiger Woods? Not really my favorite player. Do I believe in forgiveness, yes. I feel bad for his wife and children and wish them well.
I always liked to watch Tiger and think he is one of the best the game of Golf has seen. He will go down in history as one the games greats. But I think he has been tarnished by his bad social choices and I find myself not liking him as much as an individual. I do not like the bad boy image he has portrayed. I was sad what he did to his lovely family. Too bad for him and too bad for the game. I hope he can redeem himself for the game and the people he can inspire.
He is playing well in the Masters now. Today's round will determine how close he is going to get. A strong performance at the Masters may knock him out of his funk.
I don't think that Tiger will ever be as strong as he was and dominate the game so fully as he has done in years gone by, but saying that I do not feel that he will not be a contender in future events, large or small. The one thing he lacked last season was confidence in himself and the killer instinct that all people need to win, which no matter who you are, it takes time and work to get that back!
I don't think Tiger is down and out. He has learned to play past the rough spots, he'll learn to play and overcome again.
First off, I do believe Woods will return to form in the 2011 season in that he will start winning tournaments again. Whether that means he adds to his major Championship total will remain to be seen. Ultimately, he could win all of his other tournaments, but if he doesn't win a major then the year will be judged by many as a failure. On the other hand, his invincibility and intimidation factor is not present anymore, so he will not be able to win based on that as he has many times in the past.
What I am wondering though is how Martin Kaymer passed him in the World Gold Rankings? Has he ever contended in any more than one major tournament? I don't understand he he unseats 13-14 years of complete dominance when he has not really done anything.
Well, Tiger sure didn't do it this weekend. Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, et.al. are certainly not going to clear the way for a Tiger return. Tiger has a very long road ahead of him. He need to improve his ball striking and get the ball on the green to a makeable spot. Then the question is "will he ever be the clutch putter that he once was?"
Maybe this forum should be about whether Tiger will ever win again. Hmmmmm, think I'll start another one.
I'm not sure if Tiger can do it. Golfers aren't scared of Tiger anymore. In fact, it seems to be quite the opposite. They are jumping at the chance to take down the Great Tiger Woods when he appears to be off his game. Bubba Watson might have the most unrefined golf game in modern history (ignoring John Daly's shirtless drives off beer cans), but there's a fearlessness in his game that Tiger doesn't have right now.
I think it's very telling of the psychological aspect of golf that Tiger Woods, a man who has been trained in the finer points of the game since he was a toddler, could be defeated by a man who appears to have about the same amount of training as Happy Gilmore.
While other golfers are playing to win, right now it seems like Tiger is just trying to not mess up on every shot.
Great point about the psychological aspect of golf. We've seen players who were great at one point in their careers all of a sudden completely and entirely fall apart and fall off the landscape. I think David Duval was a prime example of that. You also see how the psychological/ pressure aspect of golf eats people alive in the biggest moments. That's the edge that Tiger always had on everyone else seemingly in every big tournament and in every big moment. He almost never wilted under pressure or melted down. In addition to all of that, he always managed to contend in every tournament, which was remarkable. Now, he appears to be just destroyed mentally. It's going to be difficult to get that back. I said earlier in this topic that I believed he would get back on the winning track to a certain extent, but after this first tournament I am not so sure anymore.
I was really surprised that his game fell the way it did. This is a great case we have here. This shows how your personal life can effect your talent.
I certainly think he will return to greatness. I wrote an article on here that is about his upcoming year as well. Please check it out.
It is really weird seeing his name in the corner of the screen, instead of the top. For a man to be great like he was, he sure fell off quick. Ole girl messed his head up.
He had it and he choked. I wonder if he will ever be the same.
Tiger is done!!! He no longer has anyone intimidated except himself!
He gave it up again! I just don't know if he will ever return to where he was. Should of kept the dip stick in the engine!
Tiger is still a great golfer. He raised the bar, now the field has reached it and some one in the pack will raise it again. Tiger will still have some wins, he is that good.
He's getting older and prone to what all that means. Just like all the golf greats before him. Youth will eventually eat him up.
From me, well done Tiger the golfer, and thanks for your exciting contribution.
Now I would like to watch who is winning, not who isn't. I also hope ridiculous appearance fees disappear. The points system should reflect golfers who play at a wider variety of events. That ought to bring top golfers to an event near you.
I noted on this topic in my article about the Masters pretty much saying that a big win, like the Masters, I think will get him rolling towards success.
Will he be great ? Yes, will he win as much as he did before? Doubtful, the young talent out there is really impressive.
They all grew up watching Tiger. Tiger practiced and worked out like no other, a lot of these young cats are following his lead.
Following Tigers charge and the latest of the Final round of the Masters:
by Paul Edmondson6 years ago
I felt like this weekend's US Open I was watching a renewed game where there is intrigue and interest without Tiger.One young talented and seemingly nice guy that plays at the highest level is very refreshing. ...
by prettydarkhorse5 years ago
Even Nicklaus applauded him!!This win tied Woods with Nicklaus — the tournament founder!! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/sport … -wins.html
by philzgrill6 years ago
The past 2 years have been dismal for Tiger. What is going on with him and his performance?
by Richard Ricky Hale5 years ago
It may be just me, but I am longing to see Tiger get back to his former self. He was and still is the only reason I watch golf. Will we ever see the old Tiger again?
by premierkj7 years ago
Tiger has announced he will return to golf at the Masters and to be honest I don't want him to win. I would prefer a Mickelson victory...although if he's in contention it will be exciting!
by bhamill458 years ago
14 Majors, 71 PGA victories, and a golfer who dominates his profession!!! There have been countless clutch performances when discussing Tiger Woods as the best ever, but is he better than Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan,...
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