Paul Azinger gives his opinion on why Tiger Woods has gotten worse

Tiger Woods will play his first major of 2014 at the British Open. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods will play his first major of 2014 at the British Open. (Getty Images)

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Well, Paul Azinger is living up to the last six letters of his surname.

He provided a few zingers directed at Tiger Woods on a conference call about the British Open.

Let's just get right to them, shall we?

"One of the big differences that's very rarely articulated is the fact that while Tiger in his dominance always, for whatever reason, was in this quest to get better, I don't remember Jack ever saying that," Azinger said. "Jack might have made some tweaks here and there, but Tiger has made astronomical changes in a quest to get better, and as a result Tiger has actually gotten a little bit worse. I think we can all pretty much see that."

He's referencing the three swing changes Woods has made as a pro.

"I think where Tiger has made his mistake is he's dabbled with the fingerprints of his golf swing, not necessarily the fundamentals," Azinger said. "Tiger remains fundamentally fairly sound in his lower body, but the changes -- I think he's probably the only person that's ever played well who's looked radically different throughout his career."

How radically different? How about this:

I think Azinger is actually trying to pay Woods a compliment here and to his credit he's being honest about what he thinks. "Calling 'em like he sees 'em", as they say.

He continued.

"And Tiger's quest to get better, I think he's actually gotten a little bit worse. Most golfers have made the same mistakes in some weird way about changing their golf swing...and I think Tiger has done that to his detriment.

"Jack never made those mistakes. Jack understood that if he could stay the same, he would still dominate. Tiger didn't need to get better. He just didn't need to get worse. He needed to stay the same and he could still dominate, and in his quest to get better, it's kind of backfired on him."

Azinger is right about the part that Tiger didn't need to get better but I'm not sure if Tiger's "struggles" (he won five times last year, remember) are a result of swing changes or just getting older and being hurt more.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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