Azinger: Woods' chipping woes could be fixed 'in minutes'


Paul Azinger says Tiger Woods' chipping and pitching problems can be solved "in minutes."

Woods mis-hit several chips, pitches and bunker shots on Thursday and Friday in the first two rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He shot 73-82 - the second round was his worst score as a pro - and missed the cut. The short-game problems were a continuation of issues that first surfaced in December at Woods' Hero World Challenge.

Woods has been working on revamping his swing under new "consultant" Chris Como.

"These chipping and pitching problems can be fixed in minutes. Not days, not hours, not weeks, but minutes," Azinger said in an ESPN interview. "Somebody like Tiger Woods should be able to fix all his issues in literally minutes."

Azinger said Woods has "gone from artist to engineer and he's taken the feel out of his game.

"He is as confused as he has ever been in his career. Byron Nelson used to say that there are two kinds of players: those that need to know a little and those that need to know it all. Tiger is in a mode that he thinks he has to know it all. Technically and physically I think he felt like he peaked. He needed more information to get better.

"In this quest to get better, he's actually got worse. And now he's confused."

Azinger also said Woods has had a major shift in personality, one that prevents him from being as dominant as he was in his prime.

"Tiger used to be uncomfortable if you were comfortable with him. Now he's uncomfortable if you aren't comfortable with him," Azinger said.

"That's a big difference from a guy that used to show up on Sunday with black pants and a shirt the color of blood. He wanted to intimidate guys like Patrick Reed, not bond with him. There's a major shift in his personality. At age 39, I wonder if Tiger has that same work ethic and commitment to success.