Tiger's lack of competition.. March 20, 2008, 12:25 pm

by Leonardo
Make the courses longer. Oh no let's make them shorter now that no one can compete with Tiger. Sounds like an affirmative action program for golf ?
Tiger is not the longest hitter in golf today so let's rule out the physical element. Even though he is dedicated to stay in great physical shape, several of today's golfers are more than capable of executing shots. They simply lack the mental capacity and consistency to compete with him.
Tiger separates himself from the field because he is by far the most intelligent golfer out there. It is that simple...
Unfortunately, it is very hard for some to accept this fact..

Tiger's Competition March 20, 2008, 12:23 pm

by Barry
I agree, that the lengthing of the courses has had an opposite affect than the intended one. Tiger wins so much, not just because of talent, but as much for selecting venues that suit his game. I think all PGA Tour players should be required to play every event at least once over a five year period; parallel tourneys, and those you wish to defend would gain you an exemption. This way venues that don't suit your game well, would level the field.

Re: March 20, 2008, 12:20 pm

Tiger's lack of competition March 20, 2008, 12:20 pm

by Jeff
I think those guys should admit that Tiger is just beyond compare. Put him in the 40's and Byron Nelson wouldn't have won even two in a row. Put him in the 50's and we would all be reading Tiger's Five Fundamentals, not Hogan's. Put him in the 60's, and I'm sorry Mr. Palmer, but it would be called Tiger's Army. And so on. I've always been a big fan of Nicklaus and Palmer, but Tiger is just better than they were. The competition is just as good and there are more guys that can win and more opportunities for good players to play competitively, so I disagree with Palmer and Johnny Miller on this. I also disagree that it has anything to do with the golf courses. The golf courses are a result of equipment improvements, not Tiger. He'd win at the shorter courses, too. I would love to see someone challenge his domination some day.

RE: Tiger's lack of competition March 21, 2008, 3:19 am

by Lester Hinson
>>>"Put him in the 60's, and I'm sorry Mr. Palmer, but it would be called Tiger's Army." ......... You really don't know much about the history of race relations in America, do you?

Tiger's competition March 20, 2008, 12:11 pm

by Randy
You have a legitimate point. Tiger is by far the best golfer in the world, and he is better able to play the tougher courses than his peers. I find the TV coverage very boring when Tiger is leading a tournament, to the point where I turn it off. There is always talk of Tiger against Mickelson, or Furyk, or Singh, but there really is no competition other that media hype. For those of us who like to watch a tournament where any one of a dozen players have a chance to win, this season will be a yawner.

Tiger-proofing courses March 20, 2008, 12:09 pm

by Rob
Brandon Tucker is 100% right about Tiger and offering more target golf courses instead of lengthening them!

RE: Tiger-proofing courses March 20, 2008, 2:26 pm

by Ivory Rubin
Let us not forget that a majority, if not all, PGA venues were at or just under 7000 yards at the beginning of Tiger's professional career. And he was winning on those courses...be large differentials. Starting with Augusta National, courses were lengthened with the hope of bringing him back to the field. He compensated by changing his swing, changing swing coaches, and adjusting his swing again. The bottom line...it's a case of exceptional talent, superior mental focus, outstanding preparation, and great course management. Those are the four of the degrees of separation!!!

RE: RE: Tiger-proofing courses March 22, 2008, 7:11 am

by jdhart
My two cents worth is the length of the shots and courses is grossly over empathized, GROSSLY. The old saying is drive for show and putt for dough. Tiger is a master at recovery, but I beleive it would be refreshing to put the game back in the ACCURACY mode so we
can actually relate to it again. Weekend warriors are being driven further into the knothead mode trying to emmulate the Tiger can hit it forever ideal. Its about "par", not how "far".

 

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