By LG

Tiger Woods is returning to Firestone to see is he can produce win number 8. Woods has won 7 out of the 13 times the tour has stopped at the historic Firestone course. The thing about Tiger is this is not the same Tiger Woods that once dominated the PGA tour, there are several reasons for this. First Tiger lost a lot of his pride when his family problems went public, people don’t have the same level of respect for Woods as they had when they thought he was the Golden Boy of sports. Once Woods problems hit the public eye Woods started to decline on the golf course. Another reason Tiger isn’t the dominate force he once was, is the fact that the PGA Tour is now loaded with so much young talent. These guys don’t know the Tiger fear factor.

Tiger Woods was the most dominant force in PGA tour history for a long time, there may never be another player that comes out and has the same success Woods has had. The Tour has too much talent these days for that to happen. I am not saying Woods will never win again, I am saying he will have a much stronger field to compete against. The amount of guys that can win is continually going up. Last week at the RBC Canadian Open there we several guys who could have won the event.

One thing about Tiger is you can’t count him out. He loves Firestone Country Club and he has had plenty of success there. Could he win this week? Yes, but then again every guy in the field has the opportunity to win. Some of these guys don’t know the Tiger fear factor either. It is going to be an interesting week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, The Tiger watch will be out in full force.

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Readers Comments (18)

  1. Gail

    I agree Tiger is not the same, but he has had alot of setbacks. All you people in the media are to blame for 99% of his setbacks. You never ever should have written all the news on his personal life. It’s his life and it’s personal and not for the whole world to see. I still say Tiger is back, so watch out. I sure hope Tiger makes you eat your words. Are you going to apologize to him then? I don’t think so, it would be to embarrasing.

     
    • LG

      Gail, first and foremost thank you very much for taking the time not only to visit the site but to leave your comments to the articles. We really appreciate it. I am not saying Tiger isn’t the greatest player to ever come onto the scene, I am saying you only see that kind of greatness once in a lifetime, maybe not even in ones lifetime. For Tiger to be the same caliber player he was before the scandal broke out in his personal life, he would have to reverse the hands of time. He may have a lot of wins ahead of him, I hope he does. The level of talent on the tour today is second to none, making it much more difficult for Tiger to have the same dominance he once had…

       
      • Anonymous

        He’s already won more tournaments than anyone else this year whats the problem no one wins every time they pick up the club if Tiger doesnt win outright then everyone says he’s not the same well no one is not even the ones who are writitng whats the story going to be when he starts breaking records again

         
    • sportsbaron1

      AGREED, Gail–100%!! It would be very interesting to see how well idiot sportswriters who keep harping on the same things about Tiger’s outside life over and over and over and over and over again would be able to hold up under that kind of scrutiny. I think it’s high time that they gave it a rest, let bygones be bygones and enjoy whatever skill Tiger has left (more than the rest of the field even NOW as far as I’m concerned). But they won’t do that because they’ve either always hated the guy, or are jealous of him–or both. After all, (not that I condone it) but Tiger is hardly the first athlete–(white, black or brown) to womanize outside of his marriage or relationship. But from all of the press coverage about it you’d think he was worse in that regard than Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath and Johnny Bench put together…

      Clifford
      Santa Monica

       
      • Joshua NB

        Cliff~~it’s interesting to note how many of eldricks ‘fans,’ resort to calling those who disagree with their ‘worship’ of this mini golf god, derogatory names. I have yet to hear ANY reporter resort to your lower class level. Cheating, lying, whoring around, treating marriage vows like trash, putting your children and wife in the garbage barrel to ‘whore’ around with more than 220 ‘ladies'{term used loosely} of the night.. sneaking around and destroying trust with those who put him on that pedestal that HE invented and WANTED… is surely something I want my son to emulate.. no——YOU say it’s quite the ‘man’ who does these evil things and should NOT be held accountable.. you are only displaying the same caliber of morals.. or lack of them, this ‘man???????????’ flaunts.. go join him in his den of sin … leave your comments in the sewer, and let us comment with respect to the reporter, or just shut upppppp. Decent people read these reports and we are tired of tigger lovers rants..

        P.S. 220 is the number tiggers beautiful wife said he told her. No wonder she bulldozed that mansion. She couldn’t stand to look at it.

         
        • LG

          Very Well written Joshua!!!

           
          • Joshua NB

            LG… I’ve had my fill of whatever someone does, no matter if it is lower than camel dung, if they did it.. so can I. What happened to the high bar?? It’s alive and well in my home.. and I am sure in many others. If they want to keep rubbing my face in their ‘OPINIONS’, I am going to be voicing mine. So thanks for putting up with me…. on with the golf game…

             
          • LG

            Hey it is a pleasure to have you here Joshua, I appreciated you reading my articles and taking the time to leave a comment…

             
        • sportsbaron1

          You misread me. Personally I think Tiger Woods is (and has been) an arrogant asshole. But I can separate my assessments of him as a human being from my appraisal of him as a professional golfer.

          Clifford
          Santa Monica

           
          • Joshua NB

            Cliff~~~I’m pretty astute on my perception of what I read.. however, this is my take on your recent comment. The two appraisals are of the same person. What I do in my professional life reflects on what I do in my private life. There is NO DISTINCTION. What is HIDDEN in my private life, when it is REVEALED, always reflects in my professional life. Too many wealthy sports ‘heroes’ lead double lives, and eventually all that we do, in private and public, will be revealed. That just hasn’t happened yet. What I do, and what eldrick does, is open to scrutiny by anyone. I live my life to the highest standards possible, to make my family and friends ‘see’ the true me. I am not a lie, whatever ‘hat’ I am wearing, at any given time is true. I don’t have to sneak, hide and lie, and abuse the trust of those who count on me. Yes I am just one man, but I am a man who values my God, my family, my image. I am NOT a double standard. If more humans would have this value, the world would be a better place.

            LG!!! A PRIVILEGE and a PLEASURE to visit your site.. keep the great articles coming.. can’t get enough…:}

             
  2. Gail

    I forgot to say Tiger is going to win No.8,9,10,11,12,and on,and on, and on. He will never stop winning. He is still the greatest golfer ever and always will be. GO TIGER.

     
  3. Donald Waldrop

    I just wondered about th once in a lifetime greatest players……. I watched all the greats from the fifties forward and had the pleasure of enjoying each one reach for new rcords. Tiger is great and may well be again but for pure consistancy i’ll still take Jack or Arnie.

     
    • nix

      Tiger has the record for the most consecutive cuts made.

       
  4. Tom Sevier

    Tiger has won 30%+ of the tournaments he has played in his career. The media had him dead and buried after his loss to Phil at Pebble Beach. But Tiger has more wins this year than anyone!!! Jack Nicklaus won only 12% of the tournaments he played.
    Jack does have 18 Majors to Tiger’s 14.
    Tiger has more total wins already. I would not count Tiger out since he is in great shape and the greatest putter ever. He could win the PGA this year and two majors next year. Jack won a major when he was much older(age 46).

     
    • LG

      Lets not forget about all the second place finishes Jack had in Majors. I think 18 which most were only one stroke losses….

       
      • Joshua NB

        LG.. your reporting is fair and unbiased.. you have to remember alot of Edricks fans think the guy needs protecting. The only thing he needs protection from…. is himself… thanks for your report.. it was right on the money.. I’ll just wait and see what happens.. let the games begin..

         
      • Joshua NB

        First round over… great start Furyk…

        Thanks for the great comments today, LG….. hope to see you again… soon!

         
  5. sportsbaron1

    Even with his disappointing play over the weekend at the British Open, Tiger’s third place finish will vault him into second place in the world rankings, from what I understand. Not bad for someone who the so-called experts deemed washed up not long after his celebrated on and off-the-course fiasco(s) in 2009… But while there have been many peaks and valleys in his performance over the past 18 months, the overall trajectory of Tiger’s game–like a rising stock on the NASDAQ—is much higher now than it was at the beginning of his comeback. And unlike most, I still see Eldrick winning at least 5 more majors in the years to come. Also unlike most, I see no real reason why Tiger shouldn’t be as dominating as he once was. I say THAT for a few reasons: First and foremost, he’s the most highly skilled player golf has ever seen. Second, unlike sports that are more physically demanding, a golfer’s prime years tend to fall somewhere between 32 and 40. Tiger is right smack in the middle of that age range. And he’s in much better physical shape than people on the tour who are both older and younger than he is. Third, with apologies to Mr. Wunderkind Rory McIlroy, the field doesn’t look any better or deeper now than it did when Tiger was the scourge of his sport. For instance, Phil Mickelson’s game has regressed considerably. Vijay Singh looks good for his age (how old is he now, 82?) but I rarely feel as if he’s a threat to win a golf tournament anymore—ANY golf tournament, let alone a major. Retief Goosen—once considered good enough to be included in golf’s mythical BIG FIVE—has stunk to the high heavens for a long, long time. Interestingly, even though other highly regarded players like Jim Furyk, Graheme McDowell, Zack Johnson, Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and others all played deplorably, their failings were noted (if at all) with barely a passing murmur by the press. Tiger, on the other hand, got taken over the coals (as usual) for losing a tournament in which, were it not for one disastrous hole where he dropped three shots trying to get his ball out of a bunker, could have been tied for the lead heading into the final stretch.

    I guess I’m saying all of this to suggest that the only thing that will keep Tiger Woods from winning at the same rate he used to is HIM. And my gut feeling is that once he bags his next major, he’ll win several of them. I mean, Niklaus’ last major came at age 46. And Double “E” just won yesterday at age 42. I think Tiger has more innate talent than either of them and he’s only 36 with at least 40 more cracks at majors titles.

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

     

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