Tiger No Longer Has A Bite

By Stephen Brennan

Last Sunday Tiger Woods did something he had not done in almost three years, he won his first tournament since the huge incident involving his wife. Winning at the Arnold Palmer Invitational sparked a lot of interest from the media and other fans around the world and the most common question asked by everyone was, “Is Tiger back?” But one thing was for certain, with this win you knew his confidence took a huge spike, and with a rise in confidence you could almost bet that the whole world would have their attention turned to the Masters on Thursday to see if maybe, just maybe, Tiger Woods was for real once again.

Thursday afternoon rolled around as Tiger Woods walked to the first tee box hearing his named being announced and getting a roaring ovation from the crowd with the occasional boo from the irregular fan in the crowd. Tiger knows he has not totally rebuilt his image but he is making progress and winning tournaments is only going to help that. The crowd waited in silence as Tiger stepped up to the tee and the crowd awaited in silence, and in his back swing it seemed like the world sat still for a moment only to see him hook his first tee shot left. Who would have known this would lead to become a bad omen for the rest of the week.

At the end of Round 1 he shot an average 72, which at Augusta National is par. Still in the hunt, only 5 shots back of leader Lee Westwood it seemed that maybe Tiger was just getting his bearings under him and the next 3 days would be kinder to him, but that is where we are wrong. We are now sitting on Saturday night and Tiger is +3 after 3 rounds, 11 shots back of the leader. Tiger no longer poses a threat to win a major championship if he does not first fix a lot of kinks in his golf game, but most importantly his putting. Without good putting, you do not stand a chance in the major tournaments.

There may still be hope after all for Tiger Woods to succeed but it is going to take a lot of hard work for him to get back to the top of the pyramid that he was at during his prime. I am not saying that he does not have the abilities too, because when playing well he is still the scariest golfer alive, but at this very moment the Tiger no longer has a bite.


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