What's Up With Tiger Woods?
February 5, 2015 - Golf fans cannot help but wonder what's up with Tiger Woods. There are many critics out there that seem to think Tiger is all washed up. They support their beliefs talking about his diminishing short game, which at one time one was the best in the world. As late as last May Tiger was still ranked as the #1 Golf Pro on the planet. As of today he is ranked at #56 and is in good danger of not qualifying for the World Golf Championship at Doral next week.
The 2015 Phoenix Open
Last week Tiger missed the cut at the Phoenix Open by 12 strokes while shooting the lowest score in his illustrious career a disappointing 82. It was the 2nd event in a row where Tiger missed the cut. The last time was over 6 months ago. He had to take time off for back surgery and the road to recovery on the golf course has been a steady uphill climb.
The 2015 Farmers Insurance Open
This week Tiger is at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, CA. It is one of his favourite courses and he has won there 7 times. The start of the tournament was delayed due to fog. Many are wondering if the fog will lift at all for Tiger. He used to be number one and rule the roost at Torrey Pines, but he enters this weeks event with 50/1 odds of winning.
Fans and critics alike are beginning to wonder if Tiger still has the ability to catch up with and surpass Jack Nicklaus who has a record 18 majors under his belt. Tiger has 14, but 4 more major victories seem elusive in his present state. He is also chasing Sam Snead for most tour victories. Sam managed 82 in his great career, but Tiger trails by 3 and over the last 9 events has failed to even finish in the top 20.
Tiger Woods is receiving lots of support from his peers; some would even say sympathy. His true competitors would like to see him regain his form. He has earned the respect and admiration of many over the years including the rival he has faced the longest, Phil Mickelson. Whereas many are virtually giving up on Tiger this is not the case with Phil. He has stated that it is understandable that Tiger is stuggling with his game. After all, he has not played competively due to injuries and other problems for quite sometime. Phil is confident that Tiger will rebound, find his swing, and be competitive once again.
No one can truly say if Tiger will reclaim his old glory over time. The question is will that journey begin today at Torrey Pines. Tiger says everything he is doing in preparation of the Masters. The question is does he have time to get ready for a major event that is only 2 months away.
The Final Word
Tiger is due to tee off on the North Course at Torrey Pines this afternoon. He finished dead last at the Phoenix Open last week and one has to wonder how much he has improved his game in barely a week. Tiger is teeing off on what is believed to be the easiest course of the two used for this event, but will it be enough to bring a golf legend back from the brink of disaster? Regardless of the critics, the problems in his personal life, and the way he has played recently; he is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game. Somehow he has to reach down deep and find himself again as only a true champion can do. Until we meet again may your betting be better and remember to always be a good sport.