Tiger Woods had another middling performance at a golf tournament over the weekend.
Woods finished tied for 32nd at the Greenbriar Classic, against a relatively weak field of competitors.
This tournament started off fairly promising for Woods. He shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday in a round that featured seven birdies. After that round he chided the sceptics out there, saying, “Even though my scores don’t indicate it, my swings don’t indicate it, but my feels were telling me that I wasn’t that far off.”
But, his feels failed him on Friday and Saturday as he shot -1 and +1, and fell out of contention. On Sunday he shot a solid, bogey-free 3-under 67.
For the pessimists out there, this is just further evidence that Woods is a lost cause. When he had a chance to make a move on Friday and Saturday, he just sat there.
For the optimists, this is a sign that Woods isn’t that far off. Woods is in the midst of a swing change, and typically swing changes take a year or two to take hold. At the start of the year, he couldn’t even hit a chip shot and analysts thought he would never be able to compete again. Now, he’s in tournaments, playing decently.
For the optimists, here’s some more evidence that Woods isn’t that far off. It’s a side-by-side video from CBS of Woods swinging his driver on the range and on the course. On the course, his swing is significantly faster than it is on the range. That’s leading to bad drives. Woods just has to slow things down on the course, and he might be ok.
In fact, after CBS showed this analysis on Saturday, and video went viral (in the golf world), Woods hit
12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation.
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