When will Tiger officially make his comeback? That seems to be the glaring question in the golf world. It’s clear Tiger has shown signs of improvement, but there is still a lot to be desired in his game. Is he really that close to being back or is it wishful thinking by people who need a come back?
With Tiger there are two camps. Those who cheer for him and those who cheer against him. At Pebble Beach both crowds came away thinking they won. The truth is, that tournament probably left more questions than answers. Was the first three days of solid play signs of things to come? Many say yes. Just as many people look at the Sunday meltdown as Tiger missing the “it” factor.
Can the new swing hold up on Sunday? Tiger seems to be a one dimensional golfer now. He fades the ball. His rounds are predictable. Woods goes right like NASCAR turns left. This may not be all bad. Many golfers have built a career on hitting one shot well. The problem is Pebble Beach may have been the softest field he will face for awhile. Out of the top 10 golfers in the World Rankings only one played in the Pro-Am. That was Dustin Johnson ranked 10th.
There’s no doubt Tiger’s swing is still a work in progress. This begs the question, why are so many experts picking him in every tournament? The answer: Tiger did for golf what Michael Jordan did for basketball. He created a multi-billion dollar industry. Woods’ made a lot of people a whole lot of money . Thinking with your wallet is not a bad way to go, but it’s also not an objective way to look at a golf tournament. There’s also the I told you so factor. People in the pro-Tiger camp want to be the first one to call his comeback victory.
The name Tiger Woods garners an instant reaction. When it comes to the world’s former top ranked golfer there are very few objective opinions. Odds say Tiger will win again. Will it be a major? Can he win a major or any other tournament with a stacked field? Nobody really knows.