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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 131
MYWORD people are quick to write off Tiger Woods. A couple of bad rounds and he's apparently 'gawn'. G-A-W-N. OK, to be fair that did include his worst ever round as a professional, an 11-over 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but we've all had horrible days out there. Rory McIlroy has shot 80 on at least three occasions as a professional. Of course, this was different. Tiger's body was apparently fine and spraying them off the tee wasn't his main concern this time. No, this time it was his short game left badly wanting. Not wanting to jump on the 'end is nigh for Tiger' bandwagon, I must admit it is getting more difficult by the week to keep the faith that the once invincible Big Cat can find another tree on which to sharpen his diminishing claws, and once again be feared by his peers. In case you missed it, here is a highlights (or rather lowlights) reel of Tiger's form at the Waste Management Phoenix Open: To me, Tiger's short game woes are the most significant hurdle he has faced yet in a career with significant obstacles. Never would I have thought Tiger Woods – the man who single-handedly changed the way we view and consume golf, the same man who won 14 majors before he had turned 33 – would be suffering the yips. Yep, I said it. And he is. No honest appraisal of his current state could deny that Tiger Woods has the yips. But it's not the first time in recent history the man whose short game was once the closest thing to perfection, has looked amateurish around the greens. We need only look back to the Hero World Challenge in December for another example duffed shots he could once play in his sleep. Yet while many other great careers have succumbed to the yips, this man is no ordinary golfer. Far from it. And those who are writing him off already should remind themselves of his long list of against-the-odds comebacks. Only 18 months ago, Woods was awarded PGA Tour player of the year honours for the ninth time, thanks to five wins in a season many commentators predicted he would drift into golf's oblivion. That's not long ago. Of course it seems plain to everyone but Tiger himself that his over-technical tinkering with a proven major-winning swing is clearly hurting him mentally, as well as in the 'W' column. And the longer he battles these chipping demons, the more difficult the road back to victory becomes. We know he's no longer invincible, he's on the wrong side of 35 and his body might be carrying more scars than a ageing jungle cat. But at the end of it all, he's still Tiger Woods, and when you've been that good for that long, you don't simply lose it all overnight. OTG the VIEW TIGER'S CHIPPY, YIPPY SHAKES The former world No.1's faces the biggest hurdle of his career as his short game goes wanting. But as we've learnt before, never write off TW. with Damian Shutie OTG Editor-in-chief FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM Introducing our first-ever front-to-back FLIPZONETM adjustable weight technology. Flip the weight forward for a penetrating ball flight that generates more roll. Or, flip it back for a towering flight path and carry those hazards that used to get in your head. Its two settings deliver the perfect distance and trajectory for your swing. GAME CHANGED Find which setting is right for your game at cobragolf.com.au/fly-z WATCH TIGER WOODS DUFFING IT AT THE PHOENIX OPEN HERE
OTG Express 130
OTG Express 132