DORAL, Fla. -- Like everybody else, Butch Harmon did a double-take as he watched his television on Friday when he saw the two amazingly poor tee shots that his former pupil, Tiger Woods, hit in the second round of the Cadillac Championship.
Woods hit a snap hook and a pop-up 3-wood that, combined, traveled under 300 yards, shots that reinforced the growing suspicion that the fading superstar isn't anywhere near staging a comeback soon.
Harmon, working this week as an analyst for European television outlet Sky Sports, made a brief appearance in the NBC Sports booth on Saturday and gave a blunt synopsis of what seemingly ails the former world No. 1.
"I think the drive at the second hole and the 14th hole yesterday were a shock to all of us," Harmon said. "This is Tiger Woods, this isn't somebody on the Nationwide Tour that's trying to get a card. It's the greatest player that ever lived. I think it just shows you that he is still a work in progress. He has said that he and [coach] Sean Foley are still working on it."
Foley and Woods worked the entire offseason on swing changes, but to date, the results have been wildly uneven. Woods lost in the first round of the Accenture Match Play two weeks ago and stands T30 with one round left at the Cadillac Championship.
"This is seven months into it -- they started in August of last year at the PGA [Championship]," Harmon said. "But I think if I am Tiger Woods, I am a little frustrated that I don't see the consistency that I am looking for."
This week, Woods has hit the ball decently and his iron play has been sharp, but his putting has been awful. He switched putters before the third round, benching the Scotty Cameron model he used to win 13 majors and $100 million in prize money on the PGA Tour.
Harmon said the Tavistock Cup matches on Monday and Tuesday at Woods' home course outside Orlando, Isleworth, could prove insightful. If not frightful.
"I think the next two days at Isleworth in that tournament they are having with the inter-club thing, where he can be relaxed, and play a course that he knows, if he doesn't play well then, I think there are some real problems," Harmon told Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller.