Skip to comments.The Tiger Woods Era Is Over
Posted on 07/23/2014 9:20:21 AM PDT by FlJoePa
Tiger Woods finished an hour and a half before eventual winner Rory McIlroy teed off. In that moment, the Tiger Woods Era of golf officially ended.
Over the weekend, lead Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said, "There was a beginning of his career, middle of his career, and this is the end of his career, no question about it. Chamblee isn't the only talking head in golf who thinks the Tiger Era died this weekend. At Golf.com, a roundtable of writers all agreed. Eamon Lynch a Golf.com put it best, saying, "This point isn't even worthy of debating. It's demonstrably true that Tiger's days as a dominant force are over, and not based solely on this week's rusty performance. Dominance is measured in majors, and he hasn't won one in six years."
In golf, most people focus on the putting "yips." That's when a golfer gets nervous with short putts and either pushes or pulls their putts and can't make anything. On the putting green, where it's a touchy stroke, it makes sense to be nervous and have mental issues.
But there are driver yips, too. And Tiger has the yips with the driver. He doesn't look comfortable with the club in his hand. He's either pushing the ball way right or getting crossed up and pulling it left. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Dufner, and Adam Scott, are winning majors by confidently bombing the driver and then hitting easier clubs into the green. Until Woods can fix that problem, he's unlikely to win another major. And even when he does win another major, it will just be another major. It won't be a part of the Tiger Era. That era is now over. Tiger, even if he's great again, is just another guy, according to golf's smartest analysts.
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He won 5 tournaments last year, it ain’t over. The era of Tiger’s dominance is over, but if he manages to recover effectively from his back surgery he’ll still be competing and relevant for another 4 or 5 years. Yeah he won’t beat Jack’s record, but I’m betting he still has 1 major in him.
Nicklaus won his last major when he was 46. Woods is no Nicklaus, but there is always a chance to win.
Gawd, I hope so. Twenty years of jerk saturation is more than enough
Some golf analyst, about 25 years ago, predicted that Tiger would burn out early.
Nicklaus didn’t roid himself up like Tiger did.
Perhaps he had PTSD caused by Elin beating upside the head and holding golf clubs cause flashbacks.
But, steroids does not help golfing.
Yeah but he always wins on the same golf courses. Bay Hill, Memorial, Torrey Pines, etc. If he’s healthy, I do give him a good chance at Valhalla - another pathetic site for a major thanks to the PGA and their money grubbing. I digress...
Chamblee is known Tiger hater and never misses chance to proclaim his golf career is over. Will Tiger ever get another major is anyone’s guess and the odds are not in his favor, but to declare his career is at an end is a bit much.
About 5 years ago some writer asked Jack if he thought Tiger would break his record and Jack’s reply was something like — I don’t know, life has a funny way of getting in the way. This was before his womanizing became public, and now the nagging injuries.
I think Jack was right.
So, he's got a little over 6 years to go.
“Women weaken legs.”
I’ll be happy if the media just reports on the actual tounament. I am not a Tigger fan, but he was a great golfer. I just got so sick of headlines like.....Leader at -10, Tigger 7 shots back. Stuff like that had to piss off the othe golfers.
Woods will win more majors. Whether he breaks Jack's record is another matter, but it is far too early to write Tiger off. He is a proven winner. Hell, he won more tournaments last year than anyone else.
The fact is though, golf ratings have tanked since Tiger has been out.
The biggest obstacle to his future success is injury. He might do well to smooth his swing-speed down some. His all-out swing has both injury potential and caused much of his driving inaccuracy.
Knee surgery was it? Or cheating on his (then?) wife?
Oh, I know where Chamblee is coming from. This is actually mild stuff from him on Tiger. It really is a complicated, sort of fascinating argument w/ Tiger and the majors.
The variables are so different now than they were then (Jack), yet who’s to say one era and the competition at the top is better than another?
It’s very subjective. From an athletic standpoint, obviously today’s players are far superior than yesterday’s. From a grind it out, want it more standpoint - I don’t know.
The Tiger is not the Bear.
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