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Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Posted on: January 30, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 5:59 pm

SAN DIEGO -- About all we know at this point, relative to the short-term future of Tiger Woods, is that he plans to play on the European Tour the week after next.

As for predicting the track of his performances, your guess is as good as his.

"I have some work to do," Woods said. "There's no doubt about that. I have a week to get ready."

Even after a two-month layoff, Woods was a big disappointment at the Farmers Insurance Open, played at a site where he had never remotely struggled as much as he did this week.

Woods on Sunday recorded his second-worst score in 47 PGA Tour rounds at the South course Torrey Pines, finishing with a whimper and a 3-over 75 to finish T44, easily his worst finish in 12 regular-tour starts at the famed public venue he first played in elementary school.

Including the U.S. Open, Woods had won five straight starts at Torrey Pines and seven of his last eight. He had only once finished outside the top five and never worse than 10th.

But he posted his worst consecutive scores since his disaster last year at the Bridgestone Invitational, when he finished a career-worst second-to-last. Woods finished with rounds of 74-75 on the South. Only once in his career had he finished above par in regular-tour starts at Torrey.

Just as he has over the past few months, Woods was alternately good and bad, this time in the same round. Outside of his long irons, he wasn't sharp in any facet of the game this week in his 2011 season opener.

"I hit it as pure as I could starting out and got nothing out of it," Woods said. "As the round went on, I got progressively worse with my golf swing."

His next appearance is set for the Dubai Desert Classic in two weeks, where he will receive an appearance fee reported to be as high as $3 million.

See if this sounds at all familiar, if not a shade unnerving given what happened here this week: Woods has never finished worse than fifth in Dubai.

Beyond that, Woods is expected to play the Accenture Match Play at the end of February outside Tucson, but he has not committed. What's next?

"The future," he cracked.

One that looks as uncertain as ever on the golf course.

Category: Golf

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:23 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

bobthe fa n,,   ilg here, I tracked you down to apologize for the uncalled romping I gave you about your comment to dgm's grammar.  I should have kept my mouth shut.  Sorry, free speech, freedom to be where you want to be, without someone like me spouting off.  Sorry

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:52 am

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Tiger is a punk and I am very happy he's done as a golfer. He hasn't won in ages and now gives up if he thinks he's too far back so he can go home. PUNK. Plus there are many many young guns in the rankings and coming up through the rankings, that he's now old news and not good enough to hang anymore. And none of the "Tiger" fans will admit to this. Which makes you punks too. He got everything that he has deserved. Loser.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:54 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Mr. Nicklaus was/is a man of high moral calibre, of the greatest integrity and class, so I'll be happy if he remains at the very top. It'd be a shame to see a bestial figure like Mr. Woods usurp this fine man's position.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:01 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

I am a Jack fan and it is strange to say but Tiger is getting old in golf years so the clock now is  ticking.  It was a forgone conclusion that he would beat the record.  Jack even said he would .  Now I am not sure . 

There are an awful lot of young players out there that frankly  are not scared of him and do not choke with his presense like before.  He won several events by putting his name up there and everyone choked.  Not anymore .

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:16 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Bhjmath: I agree with your comment, TW is indeed making major changes in his swing...the question is why, at the age of 34, did he make that decision?  He'd won the US Open in 2008 on one leg with the old swing!  When he did that, almost 3 years ago now, everyone thought that 19 majors was a foregone conclusion.  Now, after a knee surgery, a marital meltdown, and a swing overhaul, Tiger looks like a man in complete disarray, and I cannot imagine that he will win 5 more majors. 

Only two players I can think of have won that many after age 35, and those are Nicklaus (6) and Hogan, who won 8 of his 9 after 36.  Hogan was a one-of-a-kind in that regard, the all-time "late bloomer", and we all know about Jack, who was not at all "dominant" after 35, despite his record in majors. 

Tiger needs a very quick turnaround if he expects to challenge Jack's record of 18 major wins, and frankly needs two this year to really have a decent shot later on.  As you have pointed out, it takes a while (you suggested two years) for a new swing to burn into muscle memory, so his chances seem even more remote.  He needs to make big progress the next 2 years to have a chance, and it just seems unlikely.  But not impossible.  Let's wait and see!

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:54 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Givelt: The Riv hasn't been on Tiger's schedule for years, and that isn't likely to change.  He still thinks the golf world will come to him.  I'd love to see him play there again, but I'm not holding my breath.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:44 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

I am not a Tiger fan. Let's be real.  He is undergoing a major swing overhaul.  To expect him to win just a few months into this when something like this takes about 2 years is insane.

We all know better why do you think Tiger would be different then any other golfer going through this.

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 10:36 am

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Golf is a mental game....when Phil's wife had cancer, did it ruin his game? No it didn't....he still played great golf!!! It was exciting watching Tiger compete when he was on top of his game....maybe his game should be porno's now that he can't play consistant golf!!

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 7:03 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

Jaybo_1: Yours is in the top ten silliest postings ever!  No wonder your Reputation is ZERO.  As far as your stone-throwing about everyone would do the same if women "threw it in their face", well...speak for yourself!  There are many men that know how to keep it in their pants when in a committed relationship.  They know that their relationship is more important than just another roll in the hay.  You sound like a nerd who could never get a date in high school, and spend your Saturday nights watching youporn.  Pathetic.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2011 5:49 pm

Torrey story has surprise ending for Woods

This is from your post - "Show me 1000 men in his position who have beautiful women throwing it in his face every day and I'll show you 999 who would do exactly what he did". You made my point, the key word here is "beautiful" not some washed our hoes. And that is why I am still pointing my finger at Tiger.

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