Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed



  • Currently only 3 shots off the lead with 4 holes to complete.

    Some of his remarkable shots being pulled off. A rusty 14th had him lose a shot but currently 3 under



  • yep it is good to see him back...he has had a long and troubled rough patch (obviously some self inflicted)

    Looking at his swing it has changed, obviously with the intention of taking some of the stress off his back, seems to be getting some decent length off the tee still though, so that's great news for him, and I think if he gets back to his best, for golf!

    Imagine if the final 2 groups in the Masters next year was Speith, Johnson, Day & Woods!



  • @taniwharugby said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    yep it is good to see him back...he has had a long and troubled rough patch (obviously some self inflicted)

    Looking at his swing it has changed, obviously with the intention of taking some of the stress off his back, seems to be getting some decent length off the tee still though, so that's great news for him, and I think if he gets back to his best, for golf!

    Imagine if the final 2 groups in the Masters next year was Speith, Johnson, Day & Woods!

    He's paying $81 to win Masters! šŸ™‚



  • @hooroo reckon he'll be happy just to be playing uninterrupted at the Masters



  • The power of Tiger ...

    Saw this thread ... realized it was live, immediately turned over, saw he had finished, immediately turned back.

    Doing my best to think of any other sports star I would do that for ... Conor McGregor maybe

    Must be others, but it shows what a grip he has on the game



  • @majorrage said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    The power of Tiger ...

    Saw this thread ... realized it was live, immediately turned over, saw he had finished, immediately turned back.

    Doing my best to think of any other sports star I would do that for ... Conor McGregor maybe

    Must be others, but it shows what a grip he has on the game

    This!

    I have been watching live at work just because. Most I would do would be having the leaderboard updates running behind the scenes.

    Anyone that has come to my office has paused to watch.

    He is a money fountain for golf



  • I read the thread title as "Tiger is Black and I'm not disappointed".



  • @nepia said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    I read the thread title as "Tiger is Black and I'm not disappointed".

    That made me laugh loudly!

    Did you think I was one of his fabulous hussies??



  • Sooo good to have him back. He did well today even though he struggled on the par5s

    Also good round from Ryan fox in Aus PGA. Couple over yesterday but -5 today and back in it. Has Steve Williams on his bag for the tournament too



  • @majorrage said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    The power of Tiger ...

    Saw this thread ... realized it was live, immediately turned over, saw he had finished, immediately turned back.

    Doing my best to think of any other sports star I would do that for ... Conor McGregor maybe

    Must be others, but it shows what a grip he has on the game

    That's the way I felt when Lomu played for Harbour. Clearly no longer up to it physically, but I still watched every minute, just in case.



  • Opted to work from home today due to this and the cricket and Aus pga



  • Media is like someone who gives up smoking then suddenly gets his hands on a packet ... if he's playing golf, fine he's news, however if he's farting and scratching his arse ....



  • This is like when Jordan played for the Wizards. He wasn't at his best but he still dropped 51 in a game.

    Tiger is the Jordan, Ali, Bolt, Federer of golf. You want him to succeed even if you don't like him. You want him to add to his legend. I know Nicklaus is the all time major winner but Tiger is the best golfer I have ever seen.



  • Boom .... 3 under through 6 today just missed a putt for share of



  • Wow wow wow boomfa ...

    Outright lead after the most spectacular par 5 you'll ever see. 600 yards ... 350 drive ... 250 fairway wood up high which drops 15ft from pin and Nails the putt. He is the one.

    Side note, miss 3 just called Jordan spieth 'John Beef' ... that's gonna stick





  • Fark yes! After struggling with the par 5s yesterday he is destroying them today!!



  • Like or loathe him, golf is more interesting with Tiger competing



  • Golf has done superbly well in his absence with the likes of Scott, Day, Speith, Johnson, McIlroy, Fowler, Watson et al, but his presence on the golf course is even better!



  • Holy shit. Was not expecting this come back to be significantly different to the earlier false starts. But Tiger is looking sharp as fuck. Given the stress golf puts on your back and the number of surgeries he's had, it's crazy he's going so well. Can't be easy to reinvent that much of your game, while dealing with the odd personal issue! šŸ™‚

    Hope the health side of things isn't an issue and we get to see a genuine return to the top.

    Get in the hole!!!





  • @taniwharugby said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    Golf has done superbly well in his absence with the likes of Scott, Day, Speith, Johnson, McIlroy, Fowler, Watson et al, but his presence on the golf course is even better!

    Only 'done well' among golf fans and followers. Any of those guys could sit beside me in a bar and I wouldn't know who the fuck they were. Tiger would only have to walk past the bar and everyone would be talking about it.



  • I might notice if Johnson's missus wandered by!!



  • @crucial fair enough...as someone who follows golf I think there is a great crop of guys that emerged when the PGA expected a drop off after Tigers decline...but I've always been a fan of Tigers golf game so have always wanted him back at the top of his game.



  • @taniwharugby said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @crucial fair enough...as someone who follows golf I think there is a great crop of guys that emerged when the PGA expected a drop off after Tigers decline...but I've always been a fan of Tigers golf game so have always wanted him back at the top of his game.

    Someone had to win the tournaments that he was no longer winning.

    Thing that is usually the case with golf is that every dog has his day. Occasionally they even have a few days in a row, but the same guy that wins a tourney one week will end up 63rd the next.

    Tiger was different, he was a dominant player to the extent that it was expected he would win every time, even batting away whatever challenger was having a good day that time around.

    I haven't seen anyone else take up that level of consistency.



  • @crucial but there is the argument that there are more players capable of winning each week...Speith and Johnson are outstanding players, not yet been at the top as long though.

    Not to mention similar arguments have been made of Nicklaus' era re his dominance in an era when so many were capable.

    Comparing eras is never fair to anyone.

    I just hope Tiger is back for a sustained period and his head is in the game.



  • Tiger was a bit shit yesterday on a very tough day (think only Hoffman was under par) but wow hes been good today. Currently -5 for the day and -9 overall going down the 18th.

    Round of the day (and tournament) though looking Ricky Fowlers. Currently with a 3 shot lead at -17. Birdied the first 7 holes to go out in 28. Could be a low low round here



  • @jk first 8 holes mate. Could have had a 59 but won't do that now as needs to eagle the last par 4



  • @hooroo said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @jk first 8 holes mate. Could have had a 59 but won't do that now as needs to eagle the last par 4

    My bad! I see you were right.



  • I'll give the TV coverage a free pass as it is his first tournament back but I watched a bit of the 3rd round on Sunday morning and they continued to show every shot of the lowest ranked player in the field as he slid down the leaderboard. He will always get more coverage when not contending than Mr Average Tour guy but making every tournament all about Tiger every time he plays just turns the sport into a sideshow. Golf media has to show some self-control and ignore him if he is down the field like they ignore all the other non-contenders.



  • @kiwipie said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    I'll give the TV coverage a free pass as it is his first tournament back but I watched a bit of the 3rd round on Sunday morning and they continued to show every shot of the lowest ranked player in the field as he slid down the leaderboard. He will always get more coverage when not contending than Mr Average Tour guy but making every tournament all about Tiger every time he plays just turns the sport into a sideshow. Golf media has to show some self-control and ignore him if he is down the field like they ignore all the other non-contenders.

    They simply can't at the moment as he is just so good for the sport. I think I read that this tournament has higher ratings than the majors this year?

    I don't think Tiger would happily carry on if he was a rubbish all the time.

    There were certianly some Tiger of old plays this weekend. I really enjoyed it



  • @hooroo said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @kiwipie said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    I'll give the TV coverage a free pass as it is his first tournament back but I watched a bit of the 3rd round on Sunday morning and they continued to show every shot of the lowest ranked player in the field as he slid down the leaderboard. He will always get more coverage when not contending than Mr Average Tour guy but making every tournament all about Tiger every time he plays just turns the sport into a sideshow. Golf media has to show some self-control and ignore him if he is down the field like they ignore all the other non-contenders.

    They simply can't at the moment as he is just so good for the sport. I think I read that this tournament has higher ratings than the majors this year?

    I don't think Tiger would happily carry on if he was a rubbish all the time.

    There were certianly some Tiger of old plays this weekend. I really enjoyed it

    I'd argue that it isn't good for golf long-term - it just stops them focusing on the current crop (although they are harder to focus on because there are so many of them). The coverage rates now because Tiger makes mainstream news and people tune in who have only a passing interest in golf.

    I don't think Tiger will be rubbish but what if he is just respectable? It's almost a decade since he won a major after all. Of course he can still win another but then so can many others on the tour.

    Which Tiger plays of old were there?



  • @kiwipie said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @hooroo said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @kiwipie said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    I'll give the TV coverage a free pass as it is his first tournament back but I watched a bit of the 3rd round on Sunday morning and they continued to show every shot of the lowest ranked player in the field as he slid down the leaderboard. He will always get more coverage when not contending than Mr Average Tour guy but making every tournament all about Tiger every time he plays just turns the sport into a sideshow. Golf media has to show some self-control and ignore him if he is down the field like they ignore all the other non-contenders.

    They simply can't at the moment as he is just so good for the sport. I think I read that this tournament has higher ratings than the majors this year?

    I don't think Tiger would happily carry on if he was a rubbish all the time.

    There were certianly some Tiger of old plays this weekend. I really enjoyed it

    I'd argue that it isn't good for golf long-term - it just stops them focusing on the current crop (although they are harder to focus on because there are so many of them). The coverage rates now because Tiger makes mainstream news and people tune in who have only a passing interest in golf.

    I don't think Tiger will be rubbish but what if he is just respectable? It's almost a decade since he won a major after all. Of course he can still win another but then so can many others on the tour.

    Which Tiger plays of old were there?

    There will be golf with Tiger and golf without Tiger. I think the sport just needs to make hay while they can do so until the next freak of golf comes along. At the moment the rest are just 'same same' in terms of golf marketing ability.



  • @KiwiPie I should have said 'touches of old' rather than plays of old.

    It doesn't look as though he is too far from being competitive at the top level again.



  • @hooroo said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @kiwipie said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @hooroo said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    @kiwipie said in Tiger is Back and I'm not disappointed:

    I'll give the TV coverage a free pass as it is his first tournament back but I watched a bit of the 3rd round on Sunday morning and they continued to show every shot of the lowest ranked player in the field as he slid down the leaderboard. He will always get more coverage when not contending than Mr Average Tour guy but making every tournament all about Tiger every time he plays just turns the sport into a sideshow. Golf media has to show some self-control and ignore him if he is down the field like they ignore all the other non-contenders.

    They simply can't at the moment as he is just so good for the sport. I think I read that this tournament has higher ratings than the majors this year?

    I don't think Tiger would happily carry on if he was a rubbish all the time.

    There were certianly some Tiger of old plays this weekend. I really enjoyed it

    I'd argue that it isn't good for golf long-term - it just stops them focusing on the current crop (although they are harder to focus on because there are so many of them). The coverage rates now because Tiger makes mainstream news and people tune in who have only a passing interest in golf.

    I don't think Tiger will be rubbish but what if he is just respectable? It's almost a decade since he won a major after all. Of course he can still win another but then so can many others on the tour.

    Which Tiger plays of old were there?

    There will be golf with Tiger and golf without Tiger. I think the sport just needs to make hay while they can do so until the next freak of golf comes along. At the moment the rest are just 'same same' in terms of golf marketing ability.

    I'm grumpy today which is why I went on a mini-rant. Maybe the next freak of golf won't come along for 20 years, at the moment it is hard to be sure that any of the current crop will get to 10 majors given the way they are being shared about. So is every tournament going to be about Tiger until he goes on the Champions Tour? He may well be competitive for years as he is bloody good at golf and not an old man yet but he may be just one of the pack ranked low in the top 50 - big Phil is ranked 35 at age 47.



  • http://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/24765398/tour-championship-brink-snapping-long-winless-streak-tiger-woods-handle-pressure

    Tiger may have a nervous sleep tonight in anticipation of the final round of the Tour Championship, the so called 5th major. He has a three shot lead



  • canefan said:

    http://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/24765398/tour-championship-brink-snapping-long-winless-streak-tiger-woods-handle-pressure

    Tiger may have a nervous sleep tonight in anticipation of the final round of the Tour Championship, the so called 5th major. He has a three shot lead

    I always thought the Players Championship was the "so called 5th major"? Or is that now the so called 6th major?

    Anyway it could be a great last day with a 3 way battle between the old master and the next generation. Or it could be a fizzer ... it isn't a birdie fest which means a lot can still happen. Scoring so far today indicates Tiger could well win with a par round and anything under par will be decisive.



  • Tigers just teed off, the kids are in the bath, House is tidy enough so Iā€™m settling in with some lagavulin 16 year.

    Perfect Sunday.



  • MajorRage said:

    Tigers just teed off, the kids are in the bath, House is tidy enough so Iā€™m settling in with some lagavulin 16 year.

    Perfect Sunday.

    He is so good for golf.

    5 shot lead!



  • MajorRage said:

    Tigers just teed off, the kids are in the bath, House is tidy enough so Iā€™m settling in with some lagavulin 16 year.

    Perfect Sunday.

    Nice. not quite as peaty as the Laphraoig. I much prefer it.


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