After Further Review: Honda Classic


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods.

Padraig Harrington is evidence that there is hope for the over-engineered. He is also more hope for yip-plagued Tour brethren.

After winning the Honda Classic on Monday, the intensively analytical Irishman said there were probably only 10 true tinkerers on Tour, and he was one of them. I would like to know who he thinks the other nine are. Interestingly, Harrington said most Tour pros think very little about what they are doing with their swings, and they are probably better off for it. Harrington, on the other hand, might well have tinkered himself into the putting yips a couple years ago but has notably tinkered himself out of them.

Maybe Harrington would be better off not analyzing everything so obsessively, but he wouldn't be nearly as interesting. He reminded us this week that he is one of the most fascinating players to listen to talk about the game, and another victory makes what he thinks that much more relevant again. That's a victory for all of us. - Randall Mell

Gotta admit, I chuckled to myself when I saw a link to comments from Kid Rock speaking about what’s been troubling Tiger Woods. Then I clicked it.

“A little bit of an Eminem and Axl Rose syndrome,” the rocker told Rolling Stone. “Very reclusive, literal, and sometimes you feel a little bad for them. Sometimes they think the world's against them. You gotta loosen up, man! People are gonna talk s---. You just gotta enjoy it!"

As someone who’s watched Woods play countless rounds and rhetoric his way through tons of interview sessions, I think the golf fan in Kid Rock nailed it here in his own inimitable style. Woods has often maintained a me-against-the-world stance. Meanwhile, he plays his best golf when he’s smiling and having fun and doesn’t have the stress of the world swirling around him. That’s easier said than done, of course, but it also explains why even when Tiger has played his best golf in recent years, it doesn’t follow him into the majors.

From his swing to his mental state, everyone thinks they’re an expert on Woods these days. Maybe Kid Rock has the best advice of anyone.

People are gonna talk s---, Tiger. You just gotta enjoy it! - Jason Sobel

Padraig Harrington’s overtime victory on Monday at the Honda Classic was a triumph of resilience. The Irishman hadn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2008 and hadn’t even posted a top-10 finish since 2010. Still, the 43-year-old continued to work hard. He lost his Tour card last year and was forced to play on limited status and sponsor exemptions and yet he continued to work hard.

Throughout all of his struggles Harrington worked, and he never lost his sense of humor. “In 2008, 2009, I'm very much in the penthouse. I wasn't quite down to the doghouse but not far away from it,” he said. - Rex Hoggard