Originally Posted by turtleback
When (not if, when) he gets his distance control back with the wedges the other players should be very very afraid.
Are you as baffled as I am at the number of "experts" who think last week was a disaster for Tiger?
I realize that he's looking for wins, not high finishes, but how can anyone look at this progression and conclude that his chances are dwindling?
2011 US Open --- DNP (injury)
2011 British Open --- DNP (injury)
2011 PGA --- MC
2012 Masters --- T40
2012 US Open --- T21
2012 British Open --- T3
You don't need a math degree to recognize that as a positive trend. And if that's not enough, the Rory Era has fizzled out, and the last two Open champs have been 42 years old.
So if Tiger can manage to keep himself in as good shape as Darren Clarke for the next six years, and can find a couple shots a round, say one more sand save and one more close wedge per round, who is going to stop him? As I keep saying, he doesn't need to get back to his 2000 form, and win 3 majors per year. He just needs to get back to his average form, and win one major per year. That would give him 20 majors by age 42.
Throw in the fact that it seems more and more likely that the long putters will be going away soon, and IMO he's a lock to break both Snead's and Jack's records before he's 40 --- always barring serious injury.
8 months ago, when he failed to close out the Australian Open, people were wondering if he could ever string four good rounds together again. Tiger was ridiculed for saying it was a process -- that you first did it on the range, then in practice rounds, then in competition, then on Sunday, then in majors.
It took him well under a year to progress to the point that he now has more wins than anyone else this year, and he's clearly the best golfer in the world again. He's at the stage in majors where he was just eight months ago in weak-field events. Unless his progress comes to a screeching halt, he's only months away from winning majors any week he's on his game.Edited by brocks - 7/24/12 at 12:08am