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Tiger ties Nicklaus win record.

Tiger Woods is always in the news, and so it proved again last week when his win at the Memorial golf event meant he tied Jack Nicklaus with 73 PGA  tour wins, he has only now to beat Sam Sneads total of 82 wins to become the all time PGA tour leader.

Tiger is 36 years old , Jack was 46 when he set his mark of 73 wins, an incredible acheivment, how many more can he win?

Tom Watson has 39 PGA wins and is tied tenth, Phil Mickleson has 40 wins.

Here are the top six.

Snead 82

Nicklaus 73

Woods 73

Hogan 64

Palmer 62

Nelson 52  

Tiger is now up to fourth in the World Rankings, he was 60th only six months ago.

This was his second win this season on the PGA tour and is looking to be coming into form at the right time with the US Open coming up soon.

He seems to have his swing under control and is playing a fade as his stock shot, but is also able to hit the draw when required, his putting looked really good he shaved a few holes for birdies, and down the final few holes he raised his game when his competitors couldn’t.

The shot everyone is talking about, even Jack Nicklaus congratulated Tiger, was the flop shot he played from over the green out of the rough at the 16th hole, an amazing shot, it was in the rough, downhill fast green, with a ridge in the green and water beyond, and he holed i! Wow!

It looked like the Tiger of old, playing spectacular shots to win tournaments.

I noticed his swing was much less mechanical, less of the radical practice moves, up and down to the left, now does that mean Tiger has got it now, he can see the shot and execute, or does it mean he is not sticking to what he did earlier in the year and has evolved it into the swing he has now?

His stats are also so much better, his fairways hit , his GIR are all better.

The great thing I see in Tiger is that he can work the ball, high, low, fade, draw, he has imagination with his shotmaking, he plays clutch shots so well, he has huge experience of WINNING.

One proviso to this is that when he won at Bayhill he looked back to his best, only to falter badly at the US Masters, which was a huge surprise, so it may be too early to speculate on the US Open.

I think Tiger will probably win another three times this year, making five wins this season, could he get back to world number 1?

I know this when Tiger is in full flow its amazing to see, all I want now is Rory McIlroy, Tiger, Bubba, Mickleson, Donald and Westwood all playing well, in contention on the back nine on Sunday!

What a shootout!

It will be fun watching the rest of the season.

 

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The Open 2014

Rory McIlroy

I was willing Rory to win as I watched the final round unfold on TV, it was closer than many people thought, but he won!

Rory’s majestic play the first few days were exceptional, a golfer in peak form fulfilling the potential we knew he had, making the game look so easy.

That final round was so different to the first three days, he made a brilliant start, birdieing the first hole with a monumental drive nearly 300yds into the breeze, superb iron shot and a great putt.

He we go he is going to win by seven or eight shots surely?

But having a six shot lead and the expectation of the crowd, the press, and himself it proved a hard task to play cavalier golf.

The chasing pack had nothing to lose, they could just go for it and attack, and they did so many scores of sixty five, sixty six were coming in.

Sergio Garcia played fantastic golf and proved that he has got back his love for the game and is strong ready to compete at this rarified level of the Majors.

Ricky Fowler played so good all week and his now showing his huge potential we knew he had but was sometimes too inconsistent.

He has been working on some swing changes with Butch Harmon and they are working.

Fowler, Garcia, Mcilroy are birdie machines, they do not hold back, they attack when they can, go for par fives, they are aggressive .

Sometimes that approach has got them into trouble, but when it comes off and the course is set up in a fair way, it is so exciting to watch, and so it proved at Hoylake this year.

So what about Tiger Woods, well I think if you haven’t played for five months and had back surgery and come back and  made the cut in the Open with hardly any tournament play, I believe that is a very good performance.

Tiger has always set new levels of achievement and people were divided between either he will come back as before or he had no chance, we know what happened.

The golf world must give Tiger time to get back into his routine and get his preparation right and we should really only judge him in a few months time.

I cannot see Tiger winning another major again.

He was the best golfer I have ever seen, he had it all, great mental strength, power, finesse, putting genius, amazing will to win, course management, and at his peak he had control of his competitors, they could hardly ever beat him, even when he was hitting all over the course he found a way to win. He intimidated his competitors.

Not any more, the invincibility has gone, the young guns have no fear, they haven’t tasted defeat, they love taking on the challenge of a older, fatigued, injured former god of golf and enhancing their reputation.

Tiger absolutely hates it and I am sure he is going to give it one more big go at getting his game back and showing that he can come back one more time, now he is feeling healthy.

He must sort out the driver though!

So who had the amazing power drives this week, the short game touch, the mental strength, made the birdies and saved the pars, had a game plan and strategy and really believed it was his time?

Yep it was Rory this week , he put it all together, we have had flashes of brilliance this year, but then he had a really bad round, which for a player with that talent is really surprising.

This is what I said five years ago about Rory.

“If Rory can continue to stay healthy, learn how to keep his score going when not quite at his best and eliminate small errors of judgement on course, such as course management and shot selection, there will be no stopping this young man becoming a regular tour winner where ever he plays in the world and become the best european player since Seve and Nick”

He is well on his way with three majors at twenty five, Faldo won his first Open when he was thirty and had four majors at thirty three, three of them the Masters, a total of six majors in his career, so Rory has about another eight years at least, which is another thirty two attempts to win at least three more to surpass Nick!

I believe he will win more majors, but cannot see anybody getting near Tiger Woods at fourteen majors and Jack Nicklaus at eighteen majors.

Happy Golfing!

David

 

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Flying Start to European Tour at HSBC Abu Dhabi.

 
Well what a great week of golf at the HSBC tournament in Abu Dhabi, I hope you managed to watch it all on SKY SPORTS, Tigers return, spectacular golf, great weather and a surprise winner!

I was there filming the players and got some great footage of the top players, on the practice ground and the course, it was a very well run tournament on a really good course.

One of the highlights early in the week was when Tiger and Rory arranged to play a nine hole practice round, they got on well and were very chatty. I managed to get some super footage of drives, irons, putts, bunker shots etc, the golf legend Tiger, making a return and the young pretender with huge talent playing and practicing together, it was a priviledge to witness. I have posted some swings on Youtube and here on my website, there are a lot to see,I will keep adding to them, so keep looking!

HSBC opening ceremony

I look forward to seeing more of this during the coming season, which I believe could be a sensational year, and if these players are coming down the last nine holes in a major and we can include Westwood, Donald, Scott, Garcia, Kaymer, Day, Webb Simpson etc etc, it is what we all want to see.

They made the game look very easy ,it was a very long course, 7,500 yds and thick rough, the power they have at their disposal is phenomenal and can overpower a golf course, but to win a tournament you still have to pick the right club, judge the conditions, control your distances, hole putts and retain your concentration, accept a poor shot or bad bounce and the occasional penalty shots, and keep it going for seventy two holes. 

The winner Robert Rock played so well under the pressure of playing with Tiger Woods and many people believed Tiger would win, me included, I watched them both warm up and go through their practice routines, Robert Rock looked solid, but Tiger looked more impressive and was controlling the flight of the ball so well, it looked a formality, well sport and golf is never that as we know. 

The standard of golf on the European Tour is so good, the strength in depth, new players coming through, the quality of the courses, it is a great product and I shall be watching till the final event in The Race to Dubai season. 

It was a brilliant way to start the 2012 European tour and see close up, the return of the TIGER !

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Tiger Woods Mystery !

Tiger’s in the news but, not for his golf ! We very rarely hear anything about Tiger’s personal life , everything about his life is so well controlled, just like his golf, everything ordered, planned out and executed. Until now !

What is going on ? All his fans want to know .  I am sure we will find out soon.

Well this just shows that Tiger is human , not a machine. He can control many things out on the course, but not everything in his life. 

We can all learn from Tiger, his planning, his dedication, his mental toughness in the heat of the battle out on the golf course, but sometimes things don’t go as we like.  On the the golf course, we sometimes feel out of control and go into the downward spiral of doubt and lose our confidence .

How can you recover and regain your composure?  

Take a few deep breaths, refocus on what you want to achieve, slow down your breathing, filter out any unneccesary thoughts and focus on one thing at a time. Try it next time. It works !

Tiger Woods

Does Tiger needs a coach ?

Yes he does !

In  April Tiger played in the US Masters and finished an amazing 4th, after being out of golf for around five months, he has since played in several PGA tour events and not performed well, he had to pull out of the Players due to neck problems.

His latest event the WGC at Firestone was his worst four round total in his professional career, eighteen over par, he hit five fairways day one, three fairways day two, seven fairways day three, day four I dont have the stats but he had his worst round of the week a 77.

To quote Tiger,” I am not hitting the ball well, I am not chipping well, I can`t hole a putt, and my driving is poor”

TIGER Stats.

He was79 of 80 in driving accuracy, G.I.R. he was 77th out of 80, he averaged 29.5 putts per round, the interesting stat is that he made 22 bogeys and 3 double bogeys and 10 birdies, so he dropped 28 strokes to par, and made 10 birdies.

Hunter Mahan Stats.

Driving accuracy he was 30th, G.I.R 9th, putts 26.5, he made19  birdies which ranked him 1st and 7 bogeys, no doubles.

Tiger knows his swing, but he needs a plan , a blueprint to get him back on the right track, he is too good to struggle like this , and obviously his personal life is really not sorted out and he is not the focused Tiger of old.

It is such a fine line between success and failure at this highest level of the game, you lose your technique, lose some confidence and belief and you really struggle.

So Hunter Mahan, Sean O`Hair, Justin Rose, are all coached by Sean Foley, in Orlando, and I would suggest that Tiger will go to him and work out a plan to eliminate his problems of losing height, getting the club too inside on the downswing. He needs to look at his swing in 2000 when he was in total control of his game, I know that was ten years ago now and physically we all change, but Tiger is such a great athlete he can do it.

The key question is has he got the desire to get back to the top of his game, I believe he has , and that he will play his best golf again, but only if he can deal with his personal life, get that in order and open up a new chapter to his life, I also believe that after the USPGA he will take a break to sort out his life and golf game.

What ever opinions you have about Tiger, he was an incredible golfer and did things on the course that we had never seen before, and set some amazing records.

 

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How does Tiger change his swing ?

Tiger Woods knows how to  improve and change his swing. Do you?

If you go to the range and hit balls with your regular swing speed and expect to change, because you are thinking about a new movement your coach wants to incorporate into your swing, you will be disappointed at the results. It will not happen.

Why?

 Because to make any progress in swing changes you must reduce your speed of the movement , so you can start to be aware of what you are doing and you can start to see what you are doing and feel what you are doing.This is critical to making any change, you have to do the new movement slowly and precisely so you know it is correct, then with lots of repetitions your brain  can start to  develop the new pathways of your movement patterns so it can become an unconscious automatic movement, which is exactly what you want when out on the course.

You hear Tiger saying all the time “I need to get some good reps going and that takes time”

Why not learn from the best players.

1.  Be realistic, it takes time to change. Allow 100 reps before any change even begins to feel comfortable.

2.  Swing slowly, in slow precise movements, and monitor what you are really doing.

3. Do as many slow motion, and correct repetitions as possible before you add any speed.

4. Be patient, it will work.

5. You have found the key to  long term improvment and eliminated frustration!

 

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Tigers Missing Link is it Lindsey?

Has Tigers improved form, two wins this season so far on the PGA tour had anything to do with his private life being more settled?

Tiger just announced yesterday he has a new woman in his life, Lindsey Vonn, a blonde twenty eight year old, pin up girl of the skiing world, she is a downhill skier, she skied for the USA in the Olympics and competes in the World championships and World Cup downhills and has a great record.

She recently had a very bad skiing accident damaging her knee & Tiger sent his private jet to pick her up after the accident, this was the first news of them together.

Tiger has certainly played much better, his short game and putting have been back to his old standard, he still has lapses with the driver, but he is putting together rounds more consistently, and as a build up to the Masters, he must be happy with his current form.

Also he must be really happy with the form of Lindsey Vonn!

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It is probably a good idea to make it all public now and end speculation before the first major comes round.

It will be another interesting story to follow as the season unfolds.

Tiger has the world no 1 in his sights due to Rory Mcilroys poor start to the season and he could be back at the no 1 ranking in the next week or two, especially if he wins his eighth title at Bay Hill this week, an incredible performance.

We will see how much his personal life has influenced his golf and if it helps him get back on course to win more majors, so far 14, and get closer to Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.

 

Happy Golfing,

 

David

 

 

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Tiger leaves Haney, sorry I mean Haney leaves Tiger?

Well all the talk of the past few months in the teaching community has just come true, Hank Haney is no longer Tigers swing coach.

I had heard that Tiger was going to leave Haney, but although the news has a different twist, a reversal of what we thought would happen, the end result is the same.

With all the upheaval in the last several months regarding Tiger, and even though he has not played or practiced that much at all, we all realised that the way Tiger was swinging the club it was not going well.

His last round at the Masters was amazing, he was all over the course, but his recovery powers were truly incredible,  he turned a probable 77 into a 69, his desire kept him up there.

But you cannot keep fighting your swing every round, you might get away with it a few times, but at the level of the PGA tour you will come up short.

He has gone from winning the US OPEN by 15 shots in 2000 and holding all four majors in one year, to fighting his swing and digging deep to finish in the top four.

Let me say that Tiger won several majors with Hank Haney, as he did with Butch Harmon, but sometimes a particular pattern of swing suits you more, and Tiger is so talented he can make almost anything work and be successful!

I believe he has his next swing coach in the wings, his name is Sean Foley, he is Canadian, works with Sean O`Hair, Hunter Mahan, and just recently our own Justin Rose has joined up. Tiger could work with anyone and be really good, we all know that, he must know by now what swing works best for him, he needs to clear his mind and refocus on getting HIS best swing back, not trying to model a way of swinging onto him.

What I see is Tiger fighting the swing, losing more distance, playing a lot of fades, in order to keep his ball in play, that is not the Tiger we saw earlier in his career, he was free flowing, attacking, I believe he is the greatest golfer in the history of the game, even though he is behind Nicklaus in the majors, he has played the most amazing golf shots throughout his career, shots that other players can only dream of, plus he has an incredible will to win, amazing fitness levels, an intimidation factor that was there for all to see, and if you were in the last group with Tiger you were going to lose! That is not the case right now.

I look on with great interest, to see what is going to happen next, I really hope we see Tiger back to his supreme best, there is a lot of work to do, with his divorce, his fitness, his swing, there are a lot of things against him, most of which he brought on himself,   but if anyone can do it he can, and if he does it will be a lot of fun to watch. Tiger we want you back to your best, we want the REAL TIGER back.

TIGER back as World no1!

Well Tiger Woods has made the comeback from world no 54 to world no1,

he has his third win on the PGA tour this season and it was a back to back wins

& his eighth win at Bay Hill, Arnold Palmers tournament, the records just keep on growing!

Tiger has been world no1 for 77% of the time since he turned professional in 1996!

With Rory Mcilroy not as yet finding his form this season, he has lost the top spot, but maybe that will take a bit of pressure of him and start to get back to his best.

The US Masters is here in a couple of weeks and they will resume there rivalry, I can feel the golfing world anticipating the battle ahead, because everyone wants to see these players at their best at the top of the leader board come Sunday.

I will be watching as always and for me its the best Major of the year, because of the course and the drama it provides

every year.

 

 

 

I have put this video together to give you a taste of the expectation, enjoy!

 

Happy Golfing.

 

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Tiger chasing down all-time Greats!

Tiger Woods won his third PGA TOUR event this season on Sunday at the AT&T at Congressional Golf Course, more wins this year than any other player, and his third win in the last seven starts!!!

Is he back?

Untill he wins a Major I guess most of his critics will say not yet, but the more he keeps winning tour events he must start picking up major wins like he did in the past very soon, he has two more opportunities this season, the Open & the USPGA to do so.

It is interesting to compare the all time winners on the US PGA TOUR as seen here.  

Sam Snead compiled his 82 wins over a 29 year career

Tiger Woods 74 career  wins so far have taken 16 years.

Jack Nicklaus 73 career wins took 24 years

Ben Hogan 64 career wins took 21 years but of course the war years and his car crash restricted his playing career.

Arnold Palmer 62 career wins took 18 years.

So just comparing Tiger to Jack, Tiger has taken 8 years less than Jack to amass 74 victories, very impressive, Tiger is 36 yrs old and Jack was 46 when he won his last major the 1986 US Masters.

How long will Tiger keep  playing, that is hard to predict of course, but I guess he will keep going as long as he can untill he breaks the Nicklaus major record of 18.

If Tiger plays till age 46 as Jack, he has ten more years and forty more major tournaments to achieve that dream of winning 5 more. Also Tiger has won 14 majors since 1996 but has not won a major since US Open 2008 when he was suffering with damage to his knee and won a play off against Rocco Mediate, he has been in twelve play offs and lost one in 1998 so far during his career. 

I personally believe he will not play as long as Jack Nicklaus did, I do believe he will surpass Sam Snead on the all time PGA Tour wins, if he wins three more a season it will take him three more years to do so and he is not finished  yet with the 2012 season. After Tiger had his first win of the season at Bay Hill in March I said he would win 5 times this year and I stand by that, it could even be more!  

So its interesting to look back to Pebble Beach in February when Mickleson beat Tiger badly in a head to head and many commentators criticised Tiger saying he would not win again. Since then Mickleson has not won a tournament. Who would believe that !   

So how many Majors will Tiger win before he puts his clubs away?

 

 

 

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