“As for the swing we saw a few days ago at Congressional, Haney was, like many other informed observers, far from impressed…He [Tiger] was still setting up for a big slice off the tee. Other people might call it a fade, but that isn’t a fade Tiger is hitting, it’s a slice.”
John Huggan quotes Tiger’s ex-coach Hank Haney and Huggie has his own thoughts on the matter, “Oh dear. Will we ever see the “old” Tiger again? Or even a close facsimile? Sadly, it looks less and less likely.”
Reading John’s article, “Tiger Woods missing his mettle” reminded me of John's very detailed appraisal and excellent coverage in 2006 of Tiger’s performance at Hoylake.
Second best career performance
Today John writes, “At the time, it was hailed as surely the second-best performance of his already storied career, behind only the 15-shot US Open victory at Pebble Beach in 2000.
And now, eight years on, the masterclass of shot-making and course management Tiger Woods displayed around Royal Liverpool’s Hoylake links en route to his third – and so far last – Open Championship victory has lost little of its resonance.”
Sadly it’s a slice
And as if that’s not bad enough it gets worse.
“For example, were he eligible for ranking, his average of 289.6 yards would rank 91st in driving distance. He would be 179th in driving accuracy (53.57 per cent) and 193rd (or second-to-last) in both greens in regulation (56.48 per cent) and three-putt avoidance (5.56 per cent). Only someone called Bobby Gates hits fewer greens than Woods and only Kyle Stanley is a worse putter. Changed days indeed.”
Quote of the Day
“2006 at Royal Liverpool: A lesson in shot-making from a golfer then at the height of his powers. Woods’ decision to use a 2-iron off the tee and let the ball run on Hoylake’s parched ground paid off handsomely. He won by five shots.” – John Huggan
Here’s the link to John Huggan