This past weekend at the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods showed a glimpse of his old golfing self. In fact, he almost looked better than he once did at times, hitting shots and making drives that helped him tie for fourth place at four-under-par.
Held at the TPC Potomac Golf Course at Avenel Farm in Maryland, the National was almost like a coming out party for Woods. He didn’t seem to be hampered by any of the problems that he had experienced in the past. There were no injuries to try and ignore, like his back throbbing every time he tried to move. He also didn’t appear to have any issues with his swing as well. In fact, it looked as fluid and powerful as ever.
Basically, he was confident in his abilities and almost had his old swagger back, which showed in his play. In the four rounds over the weekend, he brilliantly scored in the 60’s for three of them and even in the round where he did score outside of the 60’s, it wasn’t that bad since he ended up with a 70 right on the head in the first round. His overall total was a 269, just ten strokes worse than overall winner Francesco Molinari.
Despite his strong outing, there were a few moments where he didn’t look like he was completely back. For example, he had problems putting throughout the tournament, missing puts that would have resulted in scoring birdies rather than pars, even bogeys. One of those was on hole 14 on the last day when he lipped a shot that cost him the chance to gain a stroke on the leaders.
Overall though, his performance at the National was much better than a majority of his other tournaments over the last few years. Even with his improved performance, there is still one big question that still is on everyone’s minds. That question is, will Tiger ever be able to be the top ranked golfer that he was such a long time ago now.
Most fans who love Woods say yes, most definitely he’ll be able to bounce back and again, be the Tiger of old. The problem with that thinking is there is just not a lot of evidence that supports that argument. For instance, has yet to win an individual pro tourney title almost five years because the last time he walked away with a title was back Aug. 4, 2013, when he won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. On that day, he shot 15 under par and he has yet to shoot anywhere near that as of late, shooting 15 under par.
Yet the second reason why Tiger is never going to be what he once was is his body. Sure, it’s working pretty decently right now, yet history has shown that it breaks down when he plays more and more tournaments back to back. This leads to him not being able to get in enough practice time, which in turns leads him to not being competitive.
And, then a final reason why Tiger is not going to be the competitive golfer he once was
Is how his game is extremely inconsistent. History has shown that if you want to be a top golfer, a player needs to be able to do everything well, not just hitting quality drives, not just hitting decent fairway shots, but everything. A good player needs to put, chip, drive, and hit well all the time and right now, Woods isn’t doing that.
In the end, it would be good for golf if Woods can return to being the player that he once was. People like watching him and a lot of people are rooting for him to make the Ryder Cup team. If he can step up his game even more and overcome the obstacles preventing him from being the player he was before, it will be a win-win for him and for golf.