Doubtful in this decade
Phil the philosopher said he had difficulty in seeing the game of golf returning to the level reached by Tiger at the height of his game.
"Mentally, short game, or ball striking, I don’t think anybody matches him in any of those areas. And Tiger put them all together in one to create a career that is mind-boggling in the game of golf."
When asked, “Can golf return to the level it was when Tiger was at his peak,” Phil replied.
“I don't think anybody really knows. But we have a lot of great young players in the game. And if you look at the top four right now, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler, those four guys are quality -- quality people, too. They represent the game well. They're wonderful guys to be around. And they have remarkable games.”
Another Hogan on the horizon?
The only player to win the year's first three majors is Ben Hogan and fellow Texan Jordan Spieth just missed out at St. Andrews. As to his immediate prospects, Gary Van Sickle is asking us to:
1. Jordan Spieth is poised to defend his Masters championship and start another Grand Slam chase.
2. Jordan Spieth is already out of gas, and the first major is still more than a month away.”
Gary isn’t so sure himself when he writes, “Seeing as how Spieth tied for second in his only other Masters appearance, in 2014, it would be unwise to write him off.”
In the very same, “Can Any of the Big 3 Get His Act Together Before the Masters? Gary quotes Alan Shipnuck who sounds much more sure of himself and his predictions.
“The newer, meaner Rory McIlroy is going to begin a scorched-earth campaign that culminates in a runaway victory at the Masters. McIlroy showed up in L.A. last week in a fighting mood, torching Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee on Twitter and acting like a man hell-bent on reclaiming his former status as the most feared player in the game. He is already on his way.”
Link to Ryan Asselta and to Gary Van Sickle
Quote of the Day
"As a whole, over the course of my career, I believe that he (Tiger) pushed me to achieve a higher level of play." - Phil Mickelson