Recent stats from the PGA Tour quantify the problems Tiger Woods is having in trying to re-establish his old winning ways. Speculation and predictions are all part of the picture, and there are huge intangibles in terms of spirit and the will to win, but to put things in perspective, it's often good to resort to facts. And the current facts on Tiger are not good news for everyone who wants to see him picking off wins and major victories like he used to.
The pesky little numbers you can find on the PGA Tour website do not lie and help clear up the picture on where the current Tiger stands.
These numbers are called stats, and if you use them to predict the future of winning golf tournaments for Tiger Woods, you'd have to say that future is still pretty murky.
It's hard to believe when you see him edge up near the top of the leader board like he did recently at the Masters, but Tiger Woods is currently ranked 65th in driving distance, 176th in driving accuracy and 121st in putting average.
When Tiger dominated the world of golf, he was longer than everyone else, very accurate off the tee for a long hitter and deadly with the putter.
Now, if you just look at the stats, nearly the exact opposite is true in all those categories.
During the years Tiger played great, his driving accuracy was in the same range it's in now...but he offset that with brilliant putting averages and driving distances where he consistently held 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions...a far cry from today's 65th in driving distance and 121st in the incredibly important putting numbers.
So now, a lot of times, he's not just in trouble off the tee, but he's short and in trouble off the tee, and when he gets it on the green, the putts don't drop with any kind of meaningful frequency.
Certainly the analysis and prediction will continue about the man who once played the game at either the highest or second highest level ever played, depending on if you go Jack or Tiger.
But with all the discussion of swing changes, attitude adjustments and everything else, Tiger is consistently producing underlying numbers that just don't add up to victory.