Skip to comments.Tiger Woods struggles, Phil Mickelson doesn't at Bridgestone Invitational
Posted on 08/05/2010 6:07:48 PM PDT by Frantzie
Defending champion Tiger Woods, right, continued to struggle on the golf course during the opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday in Akron, Ohio. Woods, ranked No. 1 in the world and seven-time winner of the event, missed nine of 14 fairways and needed 32 putts at Firestone Country Club as he posted a four-over-par 74, 10 shots off the pace of first-round leader Bubba Watson.
Phil Mickelson is in a four-way tie for second, two shots behind Watson at four-under 66. Also tied for second are Kenny Perry, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell.
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I guess without HGH and RIODs - Tiger is not all that great. Four over par on the first day? He hit 5 out of 14 fairways and had 32 putts?
After Giambi stopped the juice he was pretty average too.
Karma, Tiger, karma....
I fail to see how there can be any drug that makes you hit the ball straight. Long, maybe, but not straight.
Just another zample of the white man holdin' the black man down.
Cut Tiger some slack. If you’d just lost 500 million dollars you’d be depressed too.
Forearm muscles and the ability to have the stamina and ability to repair for Sunday. If your muscles are as strong on Sunday as they were on Thursday then you have an advantage.
If the PGA really is testing and will continue to test - this guy is toast. The PGA started testing a week after he took time off for knee surgery. How many months does it take to disappear from your system?
Disagree. Muscles an be “taught” to be at specific point (square face) at point of impact.
Myself included, golfers have attempted to achieve that position over years of practice w/out enhancements.
I stand to say...it can be done. My average drive is 275 and very straight (age 52). I don’t use stack&tilt.
I, for one, feel sorry for Tiger. Blue balls call play havoc on one’s golf game.
I think he was pumped up on his own BS.
He’s probably off his game, because he’s used to taking on 20 or 30 women the night before a big golf tournament. You know how successful sports figures tend to have their routines/superstitions...
Ask me if I care!
Nice. Sounds like Tiger could have used your driving today. 5 out of 14 fairways. He is not that long any more either. Phil is 6 year older and is not getting younger. He booms it past Tiger now and is almost as long as Dustin, Bubba and Quiros.
Little Rory McIllroy is under 5’10”, thin, young, no drugs and he crushes it. Rory is longer than Tiger. The young guys are passing him by. Ricky Barnes is another.
I have the Butch Harmon weighted driver and you can supposedly groove your muscles so the driver drops into the slot.
The jerks and Tiger fan boys over at Golf Wrx are saying his divorce is weighing on his mind and other BS.
Phil’s wife was very sick last year, he took time off and came close to winning the masters and us open while he won dorla, shanhai and I think 2 other tourneys.
Cletus - I think without HGH or ROIDs - Tiger does not have the muscle control he had to hit the fairways. His distance is also suffering.
The article says that Tiger wants to be on the Ryder Cup team - hope he doesn’t get selected.
I can't help but think Lefty goes to sleep at night with a little chuckle.
Remember when the sports press always tried to stir up crap between Phil and Tiger.
It was worse than that for Phil. The sports media is pretty liberal and we would get Tiger is great and all those white guys are just filler. They would treat all the other golfers like they were garbage. A bit like the black shooter in CT was “justified” because of racism storyline the AP, CNN and others are pushing. Same insane political correctness.
Tiger fans boys are Johnny come lately golfers and golf fans and Phil was enemy #1 to them. The media would also rip into Phil plus he would get idiot hecklers on the course. Phil took and still takes a constant pounding. He hits one bad shot and he is an idiot. Phil is also a win or bust guy which makes him so damn entertaining.
The Tiger fan boys also rip Tiger’s old coach (Hank Haney) recently and Hank quit. It was all Hank’s fault Tiger was playng like sh*t. A bit like “Bush’s fault” on the economy from Obama.
The Tiger fans boys always made Tiger bigger than golf.
There is a Freeper who is a good golfer and was semi-pro. He shot a very good score at Bethpage where the US Open was held (hard course). Did endless gym stuff etc. When you spend hours in the gym - you know who is cheating. He is convinced Tiger used ROIDs and or HGH and so do I.
The Tiger fan boys over at GolfWRX said he looks bloated. I think he is off the juice now and he is just an average golfer. Reminds me of Giambi when he got off steroids. It just tapers off.
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
I did some searches. The benefits for steroids can last for 18 months.
Giambi still plays and he is a pretty good hitter (.278 this year) but he does not hit any home runs. Year to date - 4. Lifetime 412.
In 2009 - h did not played well against a real fields - ie when Mickelson was playing. Mickelson won Doral, Shanghai and shot lower scores thank Tiger at The US Open and The Masters. This is after Phil took off two months and dealt with a sick wife and mother.
These Tiger divorce excuses are lame compared to what Phil dealt with in 2009.
I despise the sports media as much as the State Controlled Media.
Agreed. The #1 thing the Tiger fan boys would call Phil was a “phony.” Like a goody goody. Over at Golf Wrx which has golfers posting to a forum. Lots of fan boys and also good golfers and golf fans.
Some jerk would always post a story that they heard from a friend of a friend who knew a guy who knew a caddy that Phil wasn’t totally friendly to all the other players. It was idiotic. The nice Phil image was a fake etc etc. Just nasty stuff that was not true.
Tiger never signed autographs for fans and kids.
Phil will spend hours signing autographs especially for kids. Let me tell you - I probably would not do it either. Kids for a half hour - idiot adults - I would say “grow up.”
The sports media is SO liberal and disgusting. I cancelled TV but ESPN is the worst. Just sickening. Polictically correct to the hilt.
LOL! Racist white golf balls cannot find the fairway. I suck but I can hit more that 5 out of 14 fairways in a round. 32 putts! I think I could do better than that.
Pro golf is pretty brutal. You produce or you are out. If he is falling apart - he will be gone in a year. I do not dislike him just his fans and the media who glorify him.
I still think Hogan had the best pass thru the ball I have ever seen.....but I’m an old timer. I suppose younger FReepers do not even know or care about a great golfer from the distant past. How ‘bout you Frantzie....ever get the chance to follow Bantam Ben around in his prime for 18?
One Canadian kid on youtube who is very good goes through and does Ben's swing as well as Mo (Canadian savant) and others. Talking about Ben's secret that it's “in the dirt” etc.
Personally - I think Ben may have been the greatest. No man - no man ever had his body destroyed in a car wreck where he almost died and still played amazing golf while in pain due to a broken body.
His accident was 1940/50s car safety and medical technology. Dove in front of his wife a second before they hit the bus to save her.
I really need to spend the time to go through and find some video of his full rounds.
Texas turned out a lot of gentlemen golfers who grew up poor and became great like Ben and Byron Nelson. I think the only one who comes close to Ben might be Jack or Bobby Jones. When I was little Jack was on but TVs were terrible. You could not see too much. Jack would just crush the ball.
As a purist - Ben Hogan swing was just incredible. Other good ones are Freddy Couples or Ernine Els the big easy plus others.
I agree, I have a very straight drive (plus fairway and iron shots). I’m 66, don’t have the distance, but hit the ball very straight. And it’s because the club face is square at impact.
My driver swingspeed is in the 85 mph range. Not fast, and I drive about 185 yards. But it’s in the fairway more often than not (Yesterday, I had only one drive in the rough).
If I can do it, anyone can with practice.
“I fail to see how there can be any drug that makes you hit the ball straight. Long, maybe, but not straight.”
Focus. Is there a drug that can cause that?
His fits and bloated face made me suspect steroids, plus his doctor's legal problems. His willingness to pay a huge sum to his wife for her silence is another red flag. Another affair would not matter. But drug use would.
The PGA should stand before a jury on this one. They built tour events to take advantage of TiHgHer's length and strength out of the rough. They promoted this synthetic golfer to be their billion dollar cash cow. Every human, golfer or not, recognized him which meant billions for the industry. They then pretended to implement drug testing and hung a fringe player when anyone with a good pair of glasses could see who the abuser was.
Well the spotlight is on the PGA and their golden goose now. Its great to see him lose, but I hope the true investigative journalists start sniffing around PGA headquarters.
Jack’s record is safe.
Bingo! The testimony with the ROID doctor is the only thing scaring him off using PEDs (roids & HGH) - it is not the PGA he is worried about.
I totally agree that the one fringe player was set up to be hung out to dry. You are right about his ability to blast out of the rough.
Tim Finchem should step down at the PGA. He is obviously off the juice and is playing like absolute sh*t. He would have missed the cut today if they had a cut at this tourney.
I like Phil in large part because he has been the pinata for all these years by politically correct sports media. The dumb white guy like all of Madison Ave’s dumb white guy commercials. Like the AP/NBC/et al spewing how the black shooter in CT was driven to mass murder by racism. Same sh*t.
I ran the driving distances from yesterday and Tiger “ain’t” that long anymore.
Rory 302 (he is a small kid too)
Nick Watney 303
Phil is driving the ball 60 feet further aka 20 yards? Tiger is hit 36% of his fairways yesterday? Phil was I think 57%. Very good is about 65%. No roids - no forearm strength for Tiger.
My guess is he is off the juice now and without it he would wash out of the tour in one year except for exemptions.
The Tiger fan boys at Golf Wrx are saying it is his divorce and other BS. Phil’s wife and mother were diagnosed with cancer last year, he took two months off and played great golf. Tiger off the juice is the problem. The Golf WRX fanboys make endless excuses and one idiot said it was like being told there was no Santa Claus!
I can do a damn site better at work with my entire family in a cancer ward than if I had to go through a divorce.
I’ve experienced both. It’s not even a contest. Divorce is nasty business.
The media endlessly fawn over and make excuses for Tiger. I cancelled TV and could not watch the golf channel. It is just like Obama.
The fits and anger are roids or HGH. The current and past bloated face sounds like Roids/HGH aka PEDs.
The wife’s prenup is probably iron clad so she would have gotten a modest settlement. I bet she does know about the drugs. If that came out he would be done and PGA and Nike should go down with him.
Looks like Tiger’s lost his mojo . . . and maybe pickup an STD or two.
I now suspect the bloated face was from having it sat on the night before.
I think it is a banned drug for sports that test. For example sharpshooting. Big advantage.
As for focus
How about adderall. When I take it, it sure helps me focus.
Looks like Butch Harmon dumped that loser just at the right time. Maybe Steve the caddie will be next to abandon him.
Actually the buzz is he might go with Lee Westwood’s caddy because Lee is out.
Butch has a little bit of an ego but I like him. He is a straight shooter. He and Phil have a good relationship and Butch is the coach you want. Butch offered to help Daly and dumped him cause Daly had not kicked booze. Daly needed tough love and finally hit rock bottom.
I doubt Butch would ever take Tiger back. Hank Haney insinuated that Tiger is cheap.
The idiot Tiger fan boys gave Hank Haney all sorts of hell cause Tiger was not playing well. Without Haney, Tiger is even worse. I think Haney is an honorable guy who was treated badly. Rush is going to be on his show to help Rush’s golf game. I cancelled TV but saw a still somewhere. Rush put all of his weight back on it looks like.
The Curse of Eldrick.
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