Tiger Returns Thread

twYes, of course, I will be watching Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf, as I’m sure just about everyone else who is interested in golf will be.

I can’t make any predictions, because other than the usual hype and blather, we don’t know anything about how Tiger is swinging, so we’ll have to wait and see.

So, we’ve got Tiger teeing off at 12:00 noon, with television coverage on The Golf Channel beginning at 1:00 pm EST – but don’t expect them not to show his 1st hole tee shot live, as they always seem to manage when coverage hasn’t yet begun.

Leaderboard link from PGATour.com here with pairings and starting times.

Grab your popcorn and settle in, this is a 4 day event with no cut.


There is a “Tiger Returns” Thread underway at the Wax Golf Forum, but if you want to hang around here, use this posting for your thoughts/comments/observations.

I for one can’t wait to see how his swing and play match up with the pre-tournament hype.

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16 thoughts on “Tiger Returns Thread

  1. D Watts Post author

    Is anyone else pleasantly surprised? -4 and tied for the lead on the front 9? I can’t say I expected anything close to this.

    But it’s finesse and not power, which is fine, because the score is what matters.

    I’m impressed by TW’s approach shot distance control and of course the steady short game. Narrower stance, shorter swing than in previous years, and like I said a few days back, more hip turn with less violence on the down swing.

    It’s a different Tiger as well – very stoic and the composure of an old veteran, nice to see after the years of silly and immature antics. An improvement.

    The swing is still not one I’d model, but he might actually be able to play some golf with it if he doesn’t try to hit it longer than he is with it currently…

    A bonus? I’d rather watch Tiger Woods play in this manner, than Jordan Spieth on any given day, and thanks to the Tiger worship, we’re being spared wall-to-wall Jordan as he twitches his way around the course.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well, the back 9 was a study in contrasts from the front. That swing is looking worse each hole, and there’s nothing really to write home about at the end of the day.

      Tiger Woods has life-time exemption on the Tour, so he can play whenever and wherever he chooses, but he likely won’t have much zeal for it if he’s playing and scoring like a 1-win journeyman…

  2. Laser

    According to Golfweek, 1st round done, TW could be headed for last place, now 2nd to last:

    “Recap: Tiger Woods opens Hero World Challenge with 73, trails leader J.B. Holmes by 9” That was after a hot front 9, so his back 9 was…40?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Well I stopped watching after he pumped his drive on 18 left into the water, but if he finished at 73, that would indeed be a back nine 40.

      I only saw oblique and dtl angles of his drives on the front, so I didn’t think it was as bad, especially as he was swinging easy and making birdie putts.

      However, on the back nine, I saw a couple of face-on driver swings, and they looked awful.

      Centered in the stance, twisting lower back, harpoon dive – the visual was of a club wrapped so far behind him that he just couldn’t get it to the ball – 3/4 down, stuck with nowhere to go, just terrible visually.

      I don’t foresee much success with that move, especially on courses where he’ll have to use driver and get it out there 300 yards plus… just my take on Day 1.

        1. targettom

          yeah I was thinking of how painful that twist must be while he was doing it. On some shots it looked to me like he was full stack and tilt left-bias too. Can’t be good for that fragile back. And it appears he is like M Wie, has learned nothing from injuries

  3. Brandon

    Ole habits die hard in a stubborn golf swing. Today actually ended as I expected but I will definitely say I didn’t see the -4 front nine coming nor did I foresee 2 bogeys on par 5s. The water ball was definitely expected.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Didn’t see that front 33 coming, but the back nine looked awfully familiar, didn’t it?

  4. buddhabob

    would like to see him comeback and it would not be impossible if he just kept swinging easy, lifted the front heel casually and gave himself a full hip turn. But he is still struggling under the Vulcan Mind Meld. Too many years of terrible teachers, -blood sucking old vampires.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Add to that mixture a fatal dose of hubris and stubborness… stir well, season to taste, bake ’til done.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I didn’t, but I’m not surprised by his change in physique – heavy weights regimes take a very strong back, and with a bad back, a lot of the things he may have done before, he can’t do now without risking injury. I know I wouldn’t be doing heavy legs with a bad back…

    1. D Watts Post author

      To be fair, he landed that well short of where the ball ended up.

      But yes, it says “6” on the club, but I’d love to know the loft.

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