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Think Tiger can catch Jack? One brilliant man doesn’t think so

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Everything was aligned for Tiger Woods prior to the 2010 season. Augusta National. Pebble Beach. St. Andrews. If ever there was a year where Tiger Woods was going to make his biggest push towards Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships, this was the year. It was now or never.

While it was hard to put Woods on the clock as he entered what was supposed to be the prime of his career, there were some out there who were starting to question if the greatest golfer on the planet had enough in the tank to pick up six more majors.

But with three of Woods’ major championship playgrounds on the slate, it felt like the stars were aligned for one monumental year that would silence most — if not all — of the critics. Then came the accident; and the infidelity; and like the endorsement deals Woods had previously, his dream of putting a serious dent in Nicklaus’ number went by the wayside.

Walking off the putting green on Sunday at St. Andrews, Woods looked nothing like the conquering hero of 2000 and 2005, when he not only assaulted the “home of golf” but every player in the field during those two weeks. What once was considered Tiger’s year was gone in a flash.

Three weeks of golf at three of his favorite courses, and all he had to show for it was a battered ego and a couple of decent finishes. And just like that, Tiger’s chance of catching Jack started to disappear.
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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/22/2010 at 4:30 pm

Tiger Woods expected to play Memorial

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A little over two months ago, Tiger Woods decided to change things up a bit by announcing he’d be in the field for the Players and the AT&T National. Woods, who usually waits until the week of the tournament deadline to make his intentions known, decided to give tournament sponsors an early heads-up, something he’s rarely done in the past.

As I mentioned in a post just after the announcement, Woods’ decision to play the Players and AT&T National wasn’t even the biggest story. Rather, it was the glaring hole he left between the Players and AT&T, a hole that was usually filled by the Memorial.

On Monday evening reported that Woods would be committing to Jack’s event, putting an end to the speculation that he may bypass it all together. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

05/25/2010 at 2:25 pm

Tiger Woods commits to Players and AT&T National; what about the Memorial?

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Golfers, like most athletes, tend to be creatures of habit. They’ll wake up at the same time each morning during a tournament week (unless your name is Anthony Kim); roll the same putter for years if it’s working for them; and play courses they’ve historically had success on.

Tiger Woods is a creature of habit. Everyone figured that out when he committed to the Quail Hollow Championship last week, a course he’s had success on in the past. Golf World’s Ron Sirak noted yesterday that Woods would most likely go back to his old schedule after Quail Hollow. And he did, announcing earlier today that he’d be entering the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the AT&T National, a tournament Woods used to host when he was an AT&T sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/21/2010 at 4:37 pm

Jack Nicklaus gives his best guess on Tiger’s return to golf

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Since coming on tour back in 1996, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have enjoyed a friendship of sorts that seems to cross over the vast age difference between the two giants of golf.

While we’ve never seen them hang out off the course, you can tell from the way Nicklaus has interacted with Woods on the course that he has a special place in his heart for the game’s best player. While that relationship may be a tad bit strained after Woods’ recent issues, there’s still part of me that wants to believe that Nicklaus will be there if Tiger ever needs an ear. (I’m sure that’s just wishful thinking at this juncture.)

While Nicklaus knows as much about Tiger’s day-to-day life as the next guy on tour, that didn’t stop him from making a prediction of when Woods would make his return to the game. “It would surprise me if he didn’t [play],” Nicklaus said Wednesday. “Oh yeah, I can’t imagine in a hundred years he is going to miss Augusta.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

03/04/2010 at 4:36 pm