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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 160
THERE'S an old saying that you're only as good as your last game. And I reckon Tiger Woods would take that considering the troubles his game has faced the past 18 months. Three rounds in the 60s and a top 10 finish at the Wyndham Championship showed signs the former world No.1 is finally trending back in the right direction. [Cue the raucous 'Tiger is back' commentary.] Except he isn't. Far from it, in fact. While we saw some positive glimpses of the 'Tiger of Old' at Sedgefield Country Club, we also witnessed enough of the incredibly vincible Woods to be put under no illusion he still has a long way to go to be truly competitive on the PGA Tour once again. Of course, there were definitely positives for him to take away from the tournament. It was his first top 10 finish in two seasons; the first time Woods headed into a weekend inside the top 10 since the 2013 Barclays; the first time he held the 36-hole lead since the 2013 WGC- Bridgestone Invitational; and his Greens in Regulation stat for the week was impressive to say the least (hitting 56 out of a possible 72 at 77.78 per cent). These things are definite pluses Woods can take out of his weekend performance. But to the Tiger fans out there itching at the prospect their No.1 man is soon to be back in No.1 form, hold those champing horses for a second. Let's put it all into perspective. First, the reason he was playing in the Wyndham event at all – for the first time in his career, mind you – was because he needed a win to force his way into the top 125 players on the FedEx Cup standings just to make the end-of-season Playoffs. Yet he failed to make the multi- million dollar four-week series for the second consecutive year, finishing 178th, the second-worst showing of his storied career. Only his 201st place FedEx Cup finish last season was worse. Second, this was no world-beating field in which Woods was competitive. Not one player inside the world's top 20 teed it up at Sedgefield and most of the top 50 were absent also. The old Tiger had an outstanding 36- hole to win conversion rate, taking out 37 of 47 events in which he led at the halfway mark. That's nearly 80 per cent. Yet when he led on the weekend, he never really looked like he had control of his game or the tournament. The most obvious and telling aspect that Woods is still far from where he wants to be was on display during the final round. He carded a triple-bogey 7 on the 11th hole, which included a knifed chip and a duffed one to follow. That a professional as good as Woods is still yipping chips when supposedly in good touch is most concerning to him. We won't see Woods again until the start of the new season at the Frys.com Open in October. Here's hoping he comes back even more improved. OTG the VIEW TIGER IS NOT BACK... YET. ONE GOOD TOURNAMENT FOR TIGER WOODS DOES NOT MEAN HIS WORLD-BEATING FORM IS AROUND THE CORNER. by Damian Shutie OTG editor-in-chief Awarded #1 Overall Winner in the ‘2015 MyGolfSpy Most Wanted Driver Awards’ # 1 MOST WANTED DRIVER 2015 LEARN MORE
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