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Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

Posted on: March 12, 2011 7:12 pm

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.


Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:09 am

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

butch harmon would have been commenting on Woods reguardless, i think the score is meaningless.    He has had these flashes of great rounds and some people are just getting all orgasmic thinking he is back to watch him falter. 

Jack says he will find his way and in Jack I trust.  He did finish in the top 10 but he finished well back and he scored well when there was no pressure on him.  I think it shows that he does not have the faith in his swing when pressure is on but he is on a right track. 

He just needs to play to learn to play in contention.  He was in the top 10  never in contrention so  whoopie doo.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:37 am

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

Tiger needs to work with Butch again. Will you take him back Butch?

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 12:26 am

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

    Some of you Woods fans remind me of women who get abused by their husband, but still stay with them, because she think he loves her..
    Woods is right now at a cowboy ranch, screwing 'big sally', a 'high-class' prostitute...I know people are desperate for heroes, but c'mon, please get someone who really is one...
    Woods fan...If you believe his game is coming around, then 2 drives totalling less than 300 yards proves it's coming around the wrong way....Saturday he hit 4 fairways all day..He switched putters, which any golfer will tell you, isn't a sign of a recovery....One good round is a dime a dozen to these golfers when it doesn't matter....Having great rounds all week is where Woods has so far proven, he is nowhere close to achieving..

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:07 pm

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

As much as Tiger is struggling.... he just finished in the top 10.

He will be back

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 8:22 pm

Tiger Beat Lefty by 10 Today. Elling: No Comment

What a putz. If Lefty had shot the 66 and Tiger the 76 today, what do you think the headline story would be from Elling?

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

Aren't we paying a little too much attention to a person who hasn't won in 16 months?  Lets ignore this guy and pay attention to the golfers that are playing good golf.

Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: March 13, 2011 1:33 pm

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

The thing with woods is that he is not making the putts he usually does. The way he saved par during his domination was incredible.

Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:23 am

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

As bad as he is he is still beating Phil. How come no comments on Phil's performance. To play that bad without having the fun that Tiger did is aweful. What is his excuse,weight?

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: March 13, 2011 8:57 am

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

I've always wanted to have the ability to hit shots like Tiger.  Now I can!

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 1:25 am

Woods' spray shots 'shock' to Harmon, too

Butch will usually have a good comment or two to say about his former student who for reasons of his own choosing defected from him after winning 8 majors.  Several SWING CHANGES later and a third coach to boot with all of his former self image train wrecked, it's a miracle Tiger can in his mind really believe he can be competitive at all.  His timing since his divorce just seems to be off, especially in that putting of his which used to be automatic.  I'm still rooting for his game to come around, but yeah, I'm getting a bit inpatient with so many missed fairways.  Doral has been good to Tiger but this year Tiger's spraying too many shots.  NOTE TO FOLEY:  RESIGN NOW, IT"S OBVIOUSLY NOT WORKING!!!!

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