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Tiger Woods should consider missing the cut more often

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Every news outlet in the world had one article amidst their coverage of Stewart Cink’s Open victory on Sunday evening, and that article consisted of three things: Tiger Woods, his swing, and the fact that he’s lost a step. I guess after the games best player falls at a major, it only seems right to blast him for his temper and inconsistency on the course. After all, how often to do we, the media, get to take a potshot at Mr. Woods? Not very often.

So as the world went about taking apart Tiger’s swing piece-by-piece, shot-by-shot, some of us took a chance to go back in history to see what Tiger is really made of on the inside. We all know he’s the most physically gifted golfer of all-time, but if there’s something that makes him better than the rest on a weekly basis, it would have to be his ability to wear down his competition mentally.

While Tiger’s thinking of his next shot, the rest of the field is left wondering where Tiger is in relation to their score. Just how many birdies do they need today to have a shot? Throw in their own game and you’ve got most Tour professionals thinking overtime for four straight days.

When a Tour pro misses a cut, and most miss at least 6-9 during the year on average, they just pack their bags and head on down the road to the next stop on the schedule. But when Tiger misses a cut, it’s a big freakin’ deal.

People have been clamoring for Woods to rework his swing after this week. And while I won’t say a tweak or two isn’t needed, the thought of him doing a full overhaul is a bit like asking Michael Jordan to alter his footwork and release point after going 4-24 from the field. These players are great for a reason, and while you can argue Woods reworked his swing on a number of occasions with great success, I’m not of the idea that he needs to scrap his current swing. He’s not at the age where something like that is needed.

Assuming Tiger takes this week and next week off, we’ll most likely see him back for the WGC at Firestone, a tournament he’s dominated over the last 10 yeas (he has six wins at the Akron course). Not only that, but Woods has a bit of an affinity for making a statement after missed cuts. Here’s what happened in 2005 and 2006 when he missed Tour cuts.

2005 season
Byron Nelson — MC
Memorial Tournament — T3
U.S. Open — 2nd
Western Open — 2nd
British Open — WIN
Buick Open — T2
PGA Championship — T4
WGC-Nec — WIN
Deutsche Bank — T40
WGC-American Express — WIN

Disney — MC
Tour Championship — 2nd

2006 season
U.S. Open — MC
Western Open — T2
British Open — WIN
Buick Open — WIN
PGA Championship — WIN
WGC-Bridgestone — WIN
Deutsche Bank — WIN
WGC-American Express — WIN
Target World Challenge — WIN

So yeah, those of you who really think Tiger has fallen off the deep-end really need to get a grip. The stats don’t lie: Tiger Woods is unbelievable after missing a cut. If you’re counting at home, Tiger has 10 wins and only one finish outside the top 25 after missing three cuts. Now if that’s not a ridiculous stat, I don’t know what is.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/22/2009 at 4:43 pm

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  1. That’s a great stat and very interesting post. I wrote about something similar on my golf blog as well. http://progolfnow.com/2009/07/20/everyone-calm-down-tigers-fine/

    We need to remember this is the best player in the world we’re talking about here. I fully expect Tiger to rebound and get back to tormenting the rest of the players on tour.

    theblake

    07/22/2009 at 5:45 pm

  2. I agree. Tiger should bounce back at the WGC in Akron in a big way.

    Enjoyed reading your article as well.

    JW

    07/22/2009 at 6:49 pm

  3. [...] I’m talking about the post a couple weeks back where I took a look at Tiger’s record after a missed cut. If history told us anything, Tiger was a sure bet if I ever saw one going into the [...]


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