Skip to comments.The Masters: Tiger's charge proves he's back, once and for all
Posted on 04/10/2011 6:01:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There first needs to be a simple, declarative statement to settle something once and for all, an answer to a question that's been asked for days, if not months. The statement is this: Tiger Woods is back.
He is. It's official. He didn't win the Masters, but after a courageous, almost history-making performance, it's impossible not to declare the career of Woods reinvigorated from the waitress-chasing dead.
Everything was present. The charge was there. He made up seven shots in eight holes, including an eagle on eight that led to the loudest roar of the weekend. Check. Some early leaders began to fall apart once Woods closed in. Check. Rory McIlroy had a bit of premature coronation, Jean Van De Velde-ing into people's lawns. Check, check, check.
McIlroy's falter was Woods gain. Woods caused McIlroy to panic. No question about it.
The caddy for Woods' playing partner shook Woods' hand at the conclusion of Woods' stunning round of 67 and said to Woods: "You're back."
You're back. Yes, he is. He is.
With all due respect to winner Charl Schwartzel, it was Woods who was the biggest story of the Masters despite finishing tied for fourth and four shots back with a 278.
You had to see it in person to understand. On the course, the gallery was throaty and chaotic. People could barely contain themselves as Woods made his run. Woods was fist-pumping again. His attitude was nasty again. Some of the staff at Augusta -- those who cook the food and empty the trash -- were mesmerized, sneaking a peak at the large television screen in the press room to watch Woods.
It's possible there hasn't been such emotion for a player who didn't win in the history of the Masters.
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Competing yes, winning, no.
The old Tiger would not have missed so many putts on the back 9. Even the old Tiger might not have beat Schwartzl’s 14 under.
I don’t think I ever remember a golfer birdieing 15, 16, 17 and 18 on the final day. That’s some golf and congrats to Charl Schwartzel on a well-deserved win.
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Watched the Masters and have to respectfully disagree. Tiger had a chance to take the lead on 15 with a 5 ft eagle putt and missed. Even the commenter (Faldo I think), noted how tense Tiger looked while standing over the putt.
The Tiger of old was fearless and the best putter in the world. Tiger is no longer the best putter in the world and in crucial situations today, he could not deliver the big putt. Missed on 16 as well when he had a chance to at least time for the lead.
Yesterday, Tiger missed a three foot putt. I have never seen him miss that short a putt at Augusta in all the years I have watched him (since 1997?)
Tiger hit some great shots, but Augusta is probably his favorite course in the world, so that is to be expected. When the pressure was on, the young guns made the putts and Tiger did not. If he can’t regain his ability to hit the clutch putt, he will not be above the rest, just one of them.
According to his new coach all the effort was put into Tiger’s swing. Little attention to the putting.
Now that things are picture perfect with the swing the putting will get the necessary attention.
Tiger is back and it was electric to watch.
I give credit where it’s due. He showed up for an entire year knowing he didn’t have a chance. Faced the crowds, the media, and of course the haters.
Schartzel shot 6 under today including birdies on the last four holes. Woods shot 5 under today to finish in a four way tie for third loser. Woods did his thing and he played well but there were others that didn’t crumble in his roar.
The old Tiger would not have missed so many putts on the back 9.”
How many tourneys has Tiger won from behind? He’s back. The fairway wood on eight, the approah on 15 ... I’ve seen a lot of rounds when his putter failed him, but I think this was different. I think he was so excited that he was back, the adrenaline rush got him!
HEY CBS - close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades ...
Tiger had a good round - but a golf tournament is a 4-day event ...
You have to be consistent - he wasn’t. Just a few weeks ago, Tiger was in the hunt - but pooched it in the final round. This time, he pooched it in the early rounds and could not make it up on the final day ...
“To those who aren’t fans of sports or golf... kindly don’t post on this thread. WE KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. JUST MOVE ON.”
Hahahahaha. Love it. Post of the day.
LOL, Showed up for an entire year? How many tournaments did he play in the last year? He played 11 tournaments in the USA in 2010, and the rest were overseas where he got paid big appereance money to show up in Thailand, Shanghai, Australia, etc.
As for practicing putting with his coach, that is laugh out loud funny. I was reading an article which I will post that was written last night by a writer who watched Tiger go right to the putting green after his round and practice for a couple hours. I doubt his coach says a word to him about his putting stroke as Tiger has one of the best strokes in the world.
The problem with Tiger’s putting in not lack of practice, it is lack of confidence and nerve. The young guys made the putts Tiger used to make, and as a result they beat him. Unless and until Tiger regains his fearless putting, he will be a contender, not a dominating force on the Tour.
You can tell how far a former star has fallen by how much praise they can win for coming in 4th.
What a wild and wonderful tournament. One of the best.
Too little, too late.
The old Tiger is dead and gone. A decent competitor he remains, but a dominating force he will never be again.
With all due respect to the writer he's out of his ever loving mind. The story is Schwartzel who made birdie on the last four holes, chipped in on number 1 for birdie and holed out from the fairway for an eagle.
The sub plot is that most guys on the leaderboard today were 30 or younger and three of them beat Tiger on the back nine along with Ogilvie who made 5 birdies on the back consecutively.
The world isn't all about Tiger.
Schwartzel had a great day and deserves the win.
Tiger would have needed to shoot a 9 under par 63 (the course record I believe) just to tie him.
I’m not sure even the old Tiger could pull that off that easily.
Tiger does look like he’s back though.
This masters was a ton of fun to watch too.
I think 7 different golfers had a share of the lead at one time or another today.
Thanks for sharing your opinion.
Gotta pay big bucks to the cheating women!
The rest of the field has caught up and surpassed Tiger, he is still a Top-Ten golfer, but maybe he’ll win one or two tournaments a year, but that’s it.
Tiger had NEVER won a major from behind.
B.S.!! The biggest stories...were 8 or 9 guys tied at 10 under near the end. The biggest stories were the young Aussie guns. The biggest stories was the great golf played by all the 10......
The biggest story was how Schwartzel...played.
CBS, and all the alphabet soup dudes...wanted Woods to be "THE STORY".....but he wasn't the biggest!
He fizzled....period. CBS and the rest of the sports world continue to try to inflate his every move, but he has shown his vulnerability, and there are dozens of pro golfers now who can beat him. His physical appearance betrays his previous appearance, when drugs pumped him up, and his psyche was such that even HE thought he could not lose. Only those with White Guilt are trying to save the Great Black Hope......
Have to agree... Tiger is past his prime, if not physically, for other reasons. He is and has become an immoral golfer and will never gain the popularity that he once had. I (for one) can not watch him without thinking about his actions regarding his beautiful wife and children.
I’m sure that I’m not alone here but more succinctly, he feels the same and will never regain his greatness (and he shouldn’t)... He made his bed and he will lie in in - probably no more majors and very few wins in his waning years. He has made his future and now he must live it!
I must say that for his past actions, the future holds little for him...
The same could be said of Ali and Michael Jordan.
Tiger is overhyped, (not overrated).
The analysts all say that the tournament begins on the back nine on Sunday.
Tiger’s back nine today was ordinary at best.
Schwartzel’s string of birdies on the final four holes to win the Masters was absolutely incredible.
The authors assertion that the young man from Northern Ireland folded because he was intimidated by Woods is absolute BS in my opinion.
I agree, the putting shows he is not ‘back.’ He’s a hell of a lot closer after Friday and today’s showing. He has continued uncharacteristic putting since his domestic issues, and when we see that fall into place, he’ll be winning again.
Of course that eagle didn’t hurt him any.
The rest of the field has caught up, there won’t be a dominant player, maybe ever again. Just look how many good players there are now outside of the US. In fact, it may very well be Tiger’s legacy that he made the game more popular in the rest of the world, and we’re now seeing the emergence of those players.
IMHO, it was one of the best Master’s or Professional tournaments I’ve seen. The last 5 holes could have been won by any 10-15 players there.
I was surprised there wasn’t a 5 player playoff.
“Tiger had NEVER won a major from behind.”
Exactly. I think the article has it right. I think he’s back.
Tiger, at one time, was 7 up on his round. He finished 3rd. For a player that’s struggled these past 17 mos. or so, that’s one hell of a feat. No, he didn’t win, but it has to be a shot in the arm for him.
I wanted to see him win. Not for Tiger, but for America. He was the only American besides Bo Van Pelt who came close to the final finish. That’s the disgusting fact. All you people who want to diss Tiger, think about that.
People claim Tiger’s putting cost his game, but he was making some 30 ft putts up hill and curved putts on very slick greens, with the ball stopping within a couple of inches of the cup with proper stroke and half the greens were mottled with dead turf.
With that much play and traffic, the greens themselves probably weren’t true.
IMHO, all the top 10 players played very good back nine games.
Even when McIroy triple bogied, his punch shot from between the houses was a superb comeback.
Luke’s 18th approach was incredible from his lay.
What would have been your finish in the Masters? No, don't tell me you're not a golfer, or in that league. You want to criticize, criticize based on your ability. He finished at 10 under when he was far below that going into the round. And he was the ONLY American in the hunt. Or don't you care about that?
The MSSM wants so badly for this to be be true. It isn’t.
Very true about the rest of the field. Tiger set a new precedent and we now see a slew of very athletic players..and from all over the world. I am not so sure we won’t see dominant players again, because that is something that only happens once in a great while anyway. I suspect if we do, it will be for shorter windows of a few years, rather than the two decades at a time we saw from Jack, Tiger and others before them. It is rare to have a single person so dominant anyway, and now the talent level is becoming that much higher.
That said, I still suspect we’ll see at some point another run from Tiger over a few years. Not like when he was younger, but I suspect he’ll win at least one or two majors in a year at least one more time. I still think he’ll get 19, but much less certain than two years ago.
Tiger isn’t and wasn’t worthy of winning! Enough said! For all those that think different, immorality matters in life!
“CBS and the golf establishment want Woods to be the story because Woods is, or was, one of the few athletes that transcended his sport. People who didn’t follow golf followed Tiger Woods. The same could be said of Ali and Michael Jordan. “
Spot on. I never cared about Basketball until Jordan came along and never, ever watched golf until Tiger came along.
I don’t watch either anymore except NCAA round ball.
I never thought of golf as a bastion of nationalism, I like watching good golf, I don’t care where the player comes from......unless it’s the Ryder Cup.
Indeed. I, and even golf-illiterate wife, enjoyed it!
Felt bad for Rory McIlroy. He just crumbled.this, something's wrong with your ears.
I assume from that God has made you His judge.
The Masters: Tiger’s charge proves he’s back, this once.
Well, perhaps you should rethink that. There's a fair amount of animosity out there coming form the Europeans. We need to hold together, and not only in the Ryder Cup. Look, listen, and find out what's going on...
He did make some great putts, too. We are just accustomed to his almost flawless putting. He showed me today that it is coming together, although he was unlucky with some today.
That shot from Luke Donald and then the subsequent shot from off the green was probably the highlight of the back nine today. Incredible.
No, the Bible tells me so... Have you read it? I am not the judge, only following the advise given...
He ain’t back yet. His problem since the Thanksgiving of doom hasn’t been an inability to put together 1 good round, it’s been an inability to put together back-to-back good rounds, forget the 3 in a row which used to mark his reign. Yeah he was great today, and stank yesterday.