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Ian Baker-Finch says Tiger Woods needs to go play by himself a while

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger struggled at Torrey Pines this season. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods struggled at Torrey Pines this season. (USATSI)

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Everyone has an opinion on Tiger Woods, but few have followed him as closely or with as large a microscope as Ian Baker-Finch.

Baker-Finch recently told Reuters that Tiger needs to go away for a while and find his swing.

"Tiger has issues with his swing. He keeps blaming his putting, but it's not his putting (that is the problem). It is his swing, and he needs to sort that out."

"Tiger should shoot a score every day until his next tournament, not hit perfect shots on the range with Sean and TrackMan (a radar device players use to assess their swings)," said Baker-Finch.

"Just go play golf and enjoy getting it in the hole in the lowest number possible. I think that's what he used to do when younger."

With the Masters less than 60 days away, I kind of don't think that's going to happen. So what, exactly, is wrong with his swing?

"He doesn't look in sync to me. His swing and his body aren't matching up," said Baker-Finch.

"It's obvious something is not right. He might go win Bay Hill by 10 shots again and two or three others on courses where he feels comfortable, but there was a time a decade or so ago when he was top-three every time he played."

"Don't get me wrong, I think he's still capable of being number one in the world for another five years, but it's not the same Tiger we saw from 1999 to 2007."

That last part is certainly true, though I'm not sure anyone is arguing against it. Woods had five wins last year, and two errant starts this season are certainly not alarming.

I get what Baker-Finch is saying, though. Woods has always been the most brilliant artist, and it's as if the older he gets the more technical he feels he has to become.

I personally hope to see more art this year.

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