The Golf Blog: Time for Tiger Woods to leave Sean Foley, go back to Butch Harmon?

mulligan, 21 July 2014, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: Tiger Woods is only a few months back after his microdiscectomy back surgery, so he deserves a little bit of leeway. He finished +6 and 69th out of 72 places for the tourney, his worst 72-hole finish at a major, though 2 shots better than US Open champion Martin Kaymer. No one really expected Tiger to be in contention (even after his impressive opening round 69), not after just 1 competitive tournament after his back surgery. It was a feat that Tiger even made the cut.

But if you look at Tiger’s body of work since he last won a major in 2008, there’s reason for alarm. Tiger is in the longest major drought of his career–6 years and running. The only time Jack Nicklaus had a 6 year drought was at the end of his career, during the ages of 40 to 46 years old. Tiger’s major slump has coincided with what should have been still his prime years, 32 to 38 years. (Click here for the chart.) By comparison, Phil Mickelson won majors at age 33, 35, 36, 39, and 43. If Tiger doesn’t win a major this or next year, he’ll have squandered his 30s.

After 25-year-old Rory McIlroy won the British Open wire-to-wire for his third major, one cannot help but get the sense that the door is closing on Tiger Woods’ quest to beat Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors. Tiger’s no longer ahead of Jack’s pace of winning majors. If things continue the way they are, Tiger will soon fall behind Jack’s pace. The thought of Tiger rattling off 5 more major wins seems almost impossible right now, with the way that Tiger’s driver continues to be a weakness (not to mention, the bevy of talented players who have won or appear to be ready to win majors, including Rory, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day). The so-called “Big Miss” with the driver that former coach Hank Haney infamously wrote about (but couldn’t fix) still seems to plague Tiger under current coach Sean Foley.

Tiger’s swing does look more balanced, less violent, but long-time critic Brandel Chamblee says the backswing is way too short now. We’re in no position to tell whether Chamblee’s criticism is valid (the swing is shorter, but not sure that’s necessarily worse). But we do know that Tiger doesn’t drive the ball with the ease and flow of many of the top players, such as Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson.

And we have to wonder whether, after 4 years and no majors under Sean Foley, it’s time for Tiger Woods to hit the “reset” button and return back to Butch Harmon. If Lebron James can reconcile with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and return back to his roots in Cleveland, surely Tiger Woods can make up with Butch and go back to the swing that brought him the most success.



The Golf Blog: Video Rory McIlroy interview after British Open win

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The Golf Blog: Rory McIlroy wins British Open, 3rd of career Grand Slam

mulligan, 20 July 2014, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: Sergio Garcia (-15) and Rickie Fowler (-15) made a valiant run on Sunday, but Rory McIlroy (-17) had too much of a lead to be caught. Sergio had a spectacular 66, while Rickie clawed his way to a 67. McIlroy played steady, conservative golf for a 1-under 71, on his way to his third career major and third leg of a career Grand Slam. Plus, Rory’s dad wins a bet that he placed when Rory was 15, that he would win before he turned 26 years old.



The Golf Blog: Rory McIlroy suffers 2 bogeys, lead cut to 3 shots over Sergio Garcia at British Open

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The Golf Blog: Rory McIlroy birdies 1st hole to open 7 shot lead at British Open

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The Golf Blog: Is it time for PED testing at British Open and golf?

mulligan, 19 July 2014, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: Seeing players such as Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson bomb nearly 400 yard drives during the British Open Championship raises questions not only about the equipment and ball players are using, but the possibility of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). McIlroy reportedly is averaging 350 yards off the tee this week. Yes, 350 yards average. (Golf Channel said it was 323 yards, but still.)

Of course, part of the distance is created by hardpan roll at Royal Liverpool, but the wind hasn’t been that helpful. In 2013, McIlroy said he didn’t think the pro tour had a problem with PEDs and admitted that he had never been tested at a tournament.

This is not to single out McIlroy, Johnson, or any of the other golfers on the leader board, much less to suggest that anyone is actually using PEDs. But the distances that some of the top players can hit does raise a legitimate question about the level of PED testing at the majors and other tour events. The incredible distances pro tour players are hitting it today is reminiscent of the home run derby we saw in baseball with Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds. It was fun while it lasted but, deep down, we all knew it was too good to be true. We hope professional golf is clean. But we’ve seen it too many times in other sports (remember Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin) to be blind to the possibility. It would help the integrity of the game if testing for PEDs is made to be a standard feature of every tournament.



The Golf Blog: Rory McIlroy (-16) opens 6-shot lead at British Open, setting 3 day record

mulligan, 19 July 2014, No comments
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-16 Rory McIlroy
-10 Rickie Fowler
-9 Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson
-8 Victor Dubuisson
-7 Edoardo Molinari




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