Coming off a missed cut last week at Quail Hollow, is Tiger Woods more likely to repeat that performance or win his second Players Championship title? GolfChannel.com editorial director Jay Coffin and senior writer Randall Mell offer their takes.
By JAY COFFIN
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods is more likely to miss the cut this week. Sounds crazy, but all the evidence suggest it’s significantly more likely than a victory.
The last straw was Tuesday when Woods’ golf ball found the aqua on five occasions during his nine holes of practice. Five times in nine holes? Seriously?
By RANDALL MELL
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods won’t miss back-to-back cuts for the first time in his career.
Bank on it.
As much as he is struggling, he wins The Players Championship in a rout before that happens.
Yeah, I know, Woods looked awful at Quail Hollow and appears to have more serious issues with his swing than we’ve ever seen, but he can win at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course without his driver. He can win without his best ball striking. He can win with stitches and bandages holding together his swing. What he can’t win without, however, is his best putting stroke. He’s the greatest putter the game’s ever known. It’s the great equalizer in his arsenal. He erases mistakes like nobody of this generation with that flat stick. He doesn’t dominate hitting it by anyone anymore. He dominates with that magic wand pouring in putts.
Woods also can’t win with a fractured spirit, but his game appears to be his great escape now. It’s what he can pour himself into as healing therapy. It’s a tool he can use to help rehabilitate those inner wounds. It’s only a matter of time until the truth in that re-awakens his game with a fury.