Which is Tiger Woods most likely to do this week win or miss the cut

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 5, 2010, 2:21 am

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.


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.

“It’s getting better,” Woods said Tuesday here at The Players about his game. “It couldn’t get any worse.”

Sounds like maybe it can.

The facts are the facts or as Woods himself likes to say, it is what it is. Woods is hitting it sideways off the tee, has been for more than a week now. He didn’t even sniff the cut last week at Quail Hollow. Then, Jay Haas didn’t exactly say Woods was in top form Monday during their practice round at TPC Sawgrass.

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?

Then look at Woods’ record here. Even though he won in 2001 it’s his worst record at an event on the PGA Tour with an average finish of 20th in the 12 times he’s played here. Combine all the aforementioned arithmetic with the much publicized fact that Woods isn’t a fan of the Stadium Course and it could be a recipe for another big, sloppy MC.


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.

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Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 10:19 pm

Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.

But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.

With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.

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Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time

By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.

In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.

His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.

“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”

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Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.

“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”

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DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 23, 2018, 9:20 pm

Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.

DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.

"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."

DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.

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Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 9:09 pm

In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.

With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.

The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher. 

The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.