Tuesday, January 25, 2005

What should we expect now?



Tiger finally got his first stroke-play tournament victory in 15 months. What can we expect from the #2 world ranked player now?

16 Comments:

Blogger RED said...

Damn it's about time Tiger came around. It's been a long 15 months since he won a championship. As for him regaining his game and ripping off championship after championship I think that depends on his mental state and if he can stay in the zone.

It;s nice to see Tiger back on top for that tournament now if he can stay consistant and buil off of this with some confidence I'm sure he can take the PGA by storm again and leave everyone including Vijah in his dust.

Do you know who he is training with now? Did he go back to Fuzzy Walnuts or whatever his name is. Either way it's good to see. I'd like to eventually see him and Michelle Wei going at it in the Masters. Steve do you think we will ever see that day?

2:02 PM  
Blogger RED said...

I also predict he will be #1 in the world by 06.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Tiger will win the Masters and British...this year..Hopefully Vijay will win the U.S. Open and PGA so they can have one of the most intense silly season head-to-heads ever.

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2:24 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Bold predictions. I will have a hard time trying to belive that Tiger will win both the Masters and British Open. Even though the Open Championship returns to the home of golf St Andrews where Woods won his only Open Championship in 2000. I think Woods needed a little bit of confidence, especially after redefining his swing and coming so close to getting a victory in stroke play last season. Some folks call the 2004 season an "off-year" for Tiger, but hell, he still finished in the top 5 on the money list and had multiple top 10 finishes, including a number of top 3 finishes.

I think Woods will be in contention this year at 2 of the 4 majors but won't win any of them. He'll probably win 4 tournaments this season, but will still finish 2nd for Player of the Year to Singh or Els. Woods won't regain the #1 World Ranking either, unless Singh fumbles down the stretch. Woods has closed that gap after his Buick win, but Singh just puts in the work/time/effort that I don't think Tiger does anymore with family @ home.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

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4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't catch a " Tiger " by his tail. He's gotta stay Focused and be on his Game!

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why yall hating on the black man


-Jan

8:16 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Who is hating?

8:54 AM  
Blogger RED said...

Jan the more you post on this blog the more you sound like a complete idiot. I asked you to register so you wouldn't have to be anonymous and quite honestly all of your comments are worthless to our discussion so either clean it up or I will ban you.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, guys. Thanks for the comment, Red.

I believe that Tiger will win one major this year. My best guess would be the Masters, but it could be any of them. I expect Vijay to take a step backwards, as well. As Tiger's confidence comes back, everyone else on tour will beging to get intimidated again. It was a great victory for Tiger, but he still didn't play that well. He kind of backed into the win actually. He should send a thank-you note to Luke Donald and Tom Lehman for imploding.

Aaron
http://misterslice.com

10:12 AM  
Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

Though I'm a Tiger fan, I'm not so sure he'll win another tournament for a while. He got away with some bad swings this time around (like on 18 where he could have easily gone in the drink). If you watch his swing in slow-mo (like I have) his head is moving drastically up and down and his back swing as Nick Faldo pointed out, is VERY flat. His swing doesn't look very "close" to me right now.

Nice blog here. Shall we cross link? I'll post a link to yours shortly.

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1:33 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I actually agree that Tiger came away with a victory by backing into it. Just held up long enough to allow others to make mistakes. I'm curious to know what he was thinking on his 2nd shot on #18. You have a 1 stroke lead over your playing partner who layed up. The pin location didn't allow for many birdies on the day, so he would have to have a Charles Howell II type 3rd shot to get close to birdie range. Now granted, Tiger was 240 from the cup, downhill, a solid 2-iron to the middle of the green and a two putt for victory, still...I would have layed up myself. I also think Tiger put himself in position to win this tournament by finally hitting the fairways off the tee-box. He has struggled in the past, and when your ball is in the rough, next to impossible to control the spin, let alone the distance of the ball.

After reviewing Tiger's swing in slow motion, it's just so fast. I'm not a swing doctor, nor do I pretend to be, but I have a decently low handicap so I know the physics behind the swing pretty good. His body just isn't in sync right now, shoulders aren't turning fast enough to turn his hands over (that was his problem on #18 with his 2nd shot), his head is moving too much. That dude just has a sick amount of power, I mean hell, a 2-iron from 240 (controlled nonetheless).

2:03 PM  
Blogger PIV said...

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5:10 PM  
Blogger kevinck04 said...

I have to point out something that steve was talking about. Tiger backed into the win. I didn't watch him play but I think that is one factor that he has over other players is just that he lets other players make mistakes. I think somebosy else said this too but thats my reason I think he'll always be one of the better players in the world.

7:56 PM  
Blogger RED said...

I agree totally. He plays a damn good strategy at going so.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Musey said...

Red, thanks for stopping by my blog. Although I have been called many things, mousey, until now, has not been one of them.

Congrats to Tiger for perservance. Several players, including him were not shooting to their potential. Tiger hustled, saved the most, and won.

I would have posted sooner but the nasty flu bug had me sidelined.

10:39 AM  

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