Could Tiger Woods' win at ATT foretell problems at the British Open?
Tiger Woods has made it a habit to win two weeks before a major tournament this season. He won Palmer’s, Nicklaus’ and his own event in this fashion and, because of this, fans are waiting to see if this streak will cause him to falter during the third major of the year.
Is it possible that Tiger Woods could fall prey to the “middle of the pack” at the British Open?
Prior to the 2009 Masters, Angel Cabrera’s best finish this year was a tie for thirteenth at the Northern Trust Open. He was cut from the Arnold Palmer Invitational where Tiger Woods solidly annihilated the competition. Cabrera’s stats are also not that impressive: he currently ranks 187th in driving accuracy and only 140th in greens-in-regulation. It is only because of his major win that Cabrera now ranks twentieth in money leaders on the PGA Tour.
Golf afficionados can now say that they have heard of Lucas Glover but, prior to a strong 2009 season and a win at the U.S. Open, Glover had only two top tens in 2008. Taking more of an interest in his game has improved his stats dramatically and only now is the name Glover synonymous with a piece of history.
Anthony Kim learned a valuable lesson as to how to challenge the Tiger at the ATT but can he employ his method at the British Open? “I learned that if you have a birdie putt, you better make it,” Kim said. “Tiger obviously is a proven winner for a reason and he makes the putts when you have to do it.” Shining your belt buckle in Woods’ line of sight may also help, AK.
Still, this is a true “Open” in every sense of the word. “Any certified professional or amateur with a scratch handicap” can qualify for the event which means even the least obvious contestants have an opportunity to shine.
Woods is going to be difficult to beat at the British Open and has already amassed three Claret Jugs during his career. He will be hunting for both his 15th major win in Scotland as well as coming closer to matching Nicklaus’ record. Although Tiger has never played Turnberry, he is practicing to have his game “dialed in”, feeling confident “with my swing, short putting, everything, then start getting the feel for how to play over there.”
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