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10:49 AM ET 03.11 | Doral keeps confirming what Honda did a week earlier. Tiger is rediscovering his putting stroke, recalibrating his swing and realigning his confidence in a manner that suggests he's going to be a factor again in golf. Maybe even a force. The other issue this Florida tour keeps confirming is Tiger's biggest problem may be Generation Tiger. This is the young group of golfers he not only inspired to play like him, but whose way he got out of during his sabbatical, enabling them to blossom. These golfers won three of the previous four majors.

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March 11, 2012  11:34 AM ET

Alas, poor Eldrick! I knew him...

March 11, 2012  12:55 PM ET

Tiger is actually playing pretty well but there is just so many layers of talent on the tour for him to compete against week in week out.

March 11, 2012  10:03 PM ET

Tiger pulled up lame...not good! He's got Georgia on his mind.

March 11, 2012  10:45 PM ET

Tiger was the last dominant player in golf. What we have now is a smattering of really good golfers who shine every now and again and eek out a major. The media is starved to crown a new heir apparent but continue to embarrass themselves by fawning over yet another also ran. Tiger is done and I think Jack's record is safe. Sadly there are no mega superstars in waiting to take Tiger's place. Gold is less entertaining IMHO as a result.

March 11, 2012  10:47 PM ET

Sorry, that's "golf" is less entertaining. Damned "d" next to the "f" on the keyboard!!!!

March 11, 2012  10:52 PM ET

... between his ears.

March 12, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Tiger trying to crank one like Bubba and he injures himself. Tiger is not going to out drive these younger guys.....stop trying to play a John Daly game. It will no longer work. He needs to dial back a bit and use his other abilities. Just like a 36 yr old basketball or baseball player has to do.
He's not going to be the old tiger.....but he can make adjustments and still compete in a different way.

March 12, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Tiger trying to crank one like Bubba and he injures himself. Tiger is not going to out drive these younger guys.....stop trying to play a John Daly game. It will no longer work. He needs to dial back a bit and use his other abilities. Just like a 36 yr old basketball or baseball player has to do.He's not going to be the old tiger.....but he can make adjustments and still compete in a different way.

His drives are hitting the fairways more consistently, but his short game, especially putting, has let him down in crucial situations.

March 12, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Hilariously transparent behavior by the Perkins pimp. If he was only 2 strokes back i bet his leg woulda been just fine. I wish he had pulled out earlier.We could have had the producers show us more of the actual contending players shots.

March 12, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Rory and Rose play awesome golf for weeks in a row and the new golf thread is about this guy.......WTF?

March 12, 2012  10:37 AM ET

his age, his lack of mental focus and a whole bunch of young, new talent that isn't one bit intimidated to see him on the same course (like the guys he played with the last 20 yrs were.) and yes, jack's majors record is safe. and tiger's chance to even win one more major is declining significantly each year and if he isn't competitive in one this year, he's likely won his last major too.

March 12, 2012  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Tiger is actually playing pretty well but there is just so many layers of talent on the tour for him to compete against week in week out.

Great post!!!

The level of competition has really stepped up their game from the weight room to the course. Most of these guys start their day before the suns up in the weight room then head to the course to work on their game. This was something that gave Tiger the advantage for the past 20 years and now the competition is copying this and succeeding.

He still has good golf left in him but the days of him dominating the field like he used to are far gone!

March 12, 2012  06:13 PM ET

Geez, I saw this thread and immediately felt like Steve Martin.."the new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!". It's not a particularly interesting or accurate thread, but at least it isn't Sticker's arm.

March 12, 2012  08:58 PM ET

What I'm wondering, now bear with me, is of the possibility that when the surgeons repaired his ACL that they might have taken some of the tendons from his left heel and used them in repairing the ACL in his left knee. The possibility exists that if they didn't use something artificial like rubber or plastic to make the repair, they may have used tendons from other parts of his body.

If that was the senario then it makes a bit of sense that his tendons in his heel would be suffering for it.

Be that as it may, I think his bones/tendons have seen their best days. As for the comment above relative to his driving being good or regained. I don't think so. All facets of his game are completely out of whack and that showed at Doral.

I know that the SI group of golf writers are feeling low because they have probably have already written op-eds about how he is back. I think we should send sympathy cards to Bamburger, Van Sickle and Morfit. I think they are likely all sitting around a bar with their beers and popcorn wondering when their hero is going to make it back again.

I would be crying in my beer wondering how the dummies ever re-upped Finchem again.

March 12, 2012  09:02 PM ET

I think Johnny Miller should take Bubba Watson aside and ***** slap him for using his driver all the time. If Bubba uses that same strategy at Augusta he can kiss his chances au revoir.

March 12, 2012  09:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Geez, I saw this thread and immediately felt like Steve Martin.."the new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!". It's not a particularly interesting or accurate thread, but at least it isn't Sticker's arm.

You better re-read this 4 or 5 times and try to find the interesting nuance to it. It's gonna be here for 3 or 4 weeks. All Eldrick all the time. The Masters will be an **** of Tiger-talk. Can't wait. All Eldrick, all the time.

March 13, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Geez, I saw this thread and immediately felt like Steve Martin.."the new phone books are here, the new phone books are here!". It's not a particularly interesting or accurate thread, but at least it isn't Sticker's arm.

LOL- All you need is this chair , this ashtray and that paddle bat

March 13, 2012  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think Johnny Miller should take Bubba Watson aside and ***** slap him for using his driver all the time. If Bubba uses that same strategy at Augusta he can kiss his chances au revoir.

He covered a lot of territory on Sunday, didn't he? He's wrapped too tight for that game. He's got the talent of a major winner but the psychology of an average tour player. Too bad because he's fun to watch. I wouldn't expect him to change via coaching but maybe experience and maturity will calm him down a bit.

March 13, 2012  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

You better re-read this 4 or 5 times and try to find the interesting nuance to it. It's gonna be here for 3 or 4 weeks. All Eldrick all the time. The Masters will be an **** of Tiger-talk. Can't wait. All Eldrick, all the time.

I miss Elin :o(

 
March 13, 2012  08:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

He covered a lot of territory on Sunday, didn't he? He's wrapped too tight for that game. He's got the talent of a major winner but the psychology of an average tour player. Too bad because he's fun to watch. I wouldn't expect him to change via coaching but maybe experience and maturity will calm him down a bit.

He is fun to watch and what I like the most about the guy is that he has the courage to speak his mind if he sees something that doesn't square with him. Like the time when Steve Elkington was walking ahead of him when he was attempting to make his shot from the fairway. Most players wouldn't say anything but, he let Elkington know he didn't like it. I've been a fan of his ever since.

I do think he needs to focus on course management. He needs to learn not to take the driver off of every par four or five. Phil finally learned it. Bubba needs to also.

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