McIlroy running away with the tourney. Tiger didn't play very well once again on the weekend of a big time tournament.
Tiger's best attribute back in his glory years, other than ball striking, was the ability to concentrate and block out all else but the decided great shot. Once he lost that, he was transformed into "one of the best golfers in the PGA" rather than "arguably the best of all time". Tiger's game really went down to human levels when his father died. The mental toughness was gone. One sees it most every tournament he plays now. That ability to rise above a below average day is gone. I actually think he might regain it, but it will come with maturity........something he hasn't had to develop in the past due to many reasons, most understated was his father's presence and guidance.
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Weird as it might sound...I think one of tiger's problems might be confidence. Weird because the guy has never lacked that particular trait.
I think he's standing over these short putts that in the past he could have made with a 5 wood and is unsure he's going to make them.
When one guy beats the field by 8 strokes that's just his week. You don't often see two guys lap the field like that so this week was simply going to be Rory's week. And no, Tiger hasn't won a major this year...but he's been right there in three of them. Take Rory out of this tourney and Tiger is 3 back of the leaders. Tied for 3rd at the British (3 strokes back). Finished 5 strokes back at the US. The Masters was the one where he was never in it.
So he wins three tournaments so far this year (most on tour). A couple top 10s in majors. Leads in money. Lead Fex Ex cup points. Ranked 2nd in the world. Based on his freakish run about 10 years ago people act as if he can't put the ball in play. But the fact of the matter is if you go back to the last 3 majors you could probably find a MINIMUM of 1 putt per round that he never would have missed a few years ago. My point is when he starts hitting those again (if he does...some guys get the yips and never lose 'em) you may well see that confidence go through the roof again.
Getting to 19 may or may not happen. But using jack as the standard, he has about 10 years left (and he's in way better physical condition than jack...Vijay is pushing 50 and contended this week and he keeps himself fit). I wouldn't bet against Tiger winning a major every couple years over that stretch.