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Third caddie charm for Tiger?

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08:33 AM ET 02.12 | Sometimes the answer isn't obvious, not even for Tiger Woods. Sometimes it's not simply about how well he strikes the ball or putts. Sometimes there are outside elements that make the difference between good and great. Joe LaCava might be exactly that difference, the missing intangible Woods needs to return to the form that brought him 14 major championships and had him hurdling toward history in his chase of Jack Nicklaus' record for most majors. LaCava is the third full-time caddie of Woods' 16-year professional career and is completely different than the previous two - in a way that will benefit Woods beyond birdies and eagles.

New York Post

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February 12, 2012  10:46 AM ET

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February 12, 2012  04:58 PM ET

I'll take a pair of size 72 Air Jordans please.

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February 13, 2012  08:11 AM ET
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Quite a round of golf played by Phil Mickelson today. Too bad Charles Wi went to the Tiger Woods putting school, he might have been a huge factor at the end.

Not unless his cadie can putt! Aces to Phil.

February 13, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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Quite a round of golf played by Phil Mickelson today. Too bad Charles Wi went to the Tiger Woods putting school, he might have been a huge factor at the end.

Kind of fun to see Tiger totally meltdown on the greens.

February 13, 2012  12:48 PM ET

No caddie, or any other human being, can tell Woods ANYTHING. Tiger is the font of all knowledge. He knows everything there is to know, not only about golf, but everything else too. He is a genius and all should bow down before him. By the way, congrats to Mickelson for a great tournament.

February 13, 2012  05:15 PM ET

I don't see how a caddie is going to keep Tiger from missing 3 foot putts. He might help Tiger's confidence by telling him the ball was lopsided or something. If yesterday was any indication then it could be a great year for Phil and a long year for Tiger. It won't matter if he's completely healthy if he develops a case of the yips.

February 13, 2012  08:31 PM ET

I think it's the whole package that's broken on Woods, Jakey. Sometimes his drives are good. Sometimes not. Sometimes his iron play is good. Sometimes it's apalling. His chipping at one time was better than anyone's. Now it's mediocre. He can still read putts but, that's doesn't mean he can execute putts like he used too.

I think emotionally, he's a shell of his former self. Physically, he's battling his age, an artificial ACL and who knows how many other worn-down joints and tendons.

We need to move on. I was happy for Phil. I know some don't like him but, comparatively speaking he's a great man compared to Woods. It's the young guys now that matter. If you look at Charlie Wi he shot an even par on Sunday. If he would have gone just two under, he would have been in a playoff with Phil. Poor SI writers will be crying about this for the next month.

February 13, 2012  08:35 PM ET

Did you hear Rich Lerner slathering on about Finchem getting an extension on his contract Thursday? I almost wanted to throw up. Nice job Rich. TGC's official yes man and toady.

February 13, 2012  08:36 PM ET

Tiger hasn't taken a beating like that since November of '09.

February 14, 2012  12:08 AM ET
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Tiger hasn't taken a beating like that since November of '09.

Now that's a tad harsh. Funny, yes, but a bit cruel. After thinking it over though no criticism is warranted. Accuracy trumps kindness! :-)

February 14, 2012  08:05 AM ET
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Tiger hasn't taken a beating like that since November of '09.

Well, Phil did use all his clubs and there wasn't an Escalade involved.

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February 14, 2012  10:02 AM ET

No matter how good Drick's caddy is/will be, the caddie can't make the putts for him. At Pebble, Drick putted like Phil used to drive.

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February 14, 2012  03:21 PM ET

What really made Tiger dominant was his mental toughness and his ability to grind when things weren't going well. He seems to have lost that along with his ability to make 3 footers. I still think he'll win a tournament this year but not a major.

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