Tiger Woods shot a 73 in the first round of the Frys.com Open and the world went into an uproar again.
This left fans wondering: will Tiger ever win a major again? Forget majors, will he ever win a tournament again?
Why can’t he putt anymore?
All of these questions circulated the Internet after just one round of golf. Yes, Tiger has had his fair share of struggles on the green over the past year, but what professional golfer hasn’t seen one part of their game disappear for an extended period?
Also, why is it that every bit of coverage is negative?
Even in his prime, Tiger sometimes struggled in the first round of a tournament before turning it around for a win. Some of the analyses of his round made it look like he shot 15-over when he was just 2-over on the day.
Tiger has put such high expectations on himself that everyone else now expects him to shoot the best round every time he steps on the course. I’m sure that’s what Tiger expects of himself, but it’s not fair for the world to think that it's possible.
Golf is such a game of inches that in order to win a tournament you need several lucky breaks. Yes, Tiger dominated the game for the better part of a decade, but anticipating him to continue his legacy during the hardest stretch of his life is almost cruel.
A bum knee and a crushed ego were just two of the obstacles he was forced to battle against over the last year, so I’m not willing to give up on Tiger Woods every time he shoots in the low 70’s and not the 60’s.
A recent deal with Rolex and Tiger’s confident talk had made people believe he was going to open the tournament with a 60, but Tiger was willing to admit he hadn’t been practicing his work on the green. Instead, he had been refining the rest of his game for long periods of time.
I haven't practiced [putting] as much as I have in the past. I've been working on my full game. The hardest part today was I just didn't have the speed. I hadn't putted on greens this speed and I played over at the Institute [a nearby course associated with the tournament] the other day and they were really quick.
Regardless of his result in this tournament, Tiger will be ready to go when 2012 rolls around. Everything will come together in 2012, and the face of golf will be proud to enter interviews again.
All it will take is one good round late in a tournament for Tiger to get his groove back. He went through a series of struggles once before and still returned to dominate. In 2012, Tiger will make yet another statement in the game of golf by winning two majors.
After all the work he’s put in on his game, once his putter comes along he’s going to be absolutely lethal. There’s no way the greatest golfer of our generation is done at age 35—this isn’t the NBA.
His body isn’t breaking down quite yet, and a champion always finds a way to win.
Tiger will be back. Just wait.
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