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Comment from: Jan [Visitor] Email
What are you talking about....how did Mickelson put himself in the position that he has to win today....heck he is still working on his swing....
2007-05-13 @ 07:51
Comment from: 2under [Visitor] Email
I have to agree with Jan.

We saw evidence yesterday that the swing changes aren't fully ingrained.

Way too early in the season to make such a prediction.

And how many times has Phil come back off the mat after taking a beating? A bunch.
2007-05-13 @ 09:21
Comment from: Tim Anderson [Visitor] Email
Baldwins pronouncement about Phil is just a lame attempt to make Baldwin look like a mind reading sage.
I'm sure Mickelson isn't too worried about Baldwins opinion of his 2007 season.
2007-05-13 @ 13:59
Comment from: Oliver Sudden [Visitor] Email
You would be correct if Phil hadn't hired Butch. In that case another blown tournament like the U.S. Open would have been devastating. Everything is different now as it appears Harmon has given Phil new hope and confidence like a new putter does. Like a new putter time will tell if Phil can get his long game working. As far as firing Rick Smith so what ? He owes Rick nothing. And I find Rory refreshing compared to the IMG scripted Woods. Tiger said his putting was his problem this week and that he hit the ball well. Except Sunday he hit it awful. Anyone with tourcast can replay his rounds and see this is the truth.
2007-05-13 @ 22:29
Comment from: joan [Visitor] Email
A top ten would be considered a sucess on this course. You don't know what you are talking about. BUT HE WON DIDN'T HE. don't ever ender estimatre this guy
2007-05-14 @ 08:02
Comment from: joan [Visitor] Email
A top ten would be considered a sucess on this course. You don't know what you are talking about. BUT HE WON DIDN'T HE. don't ever under estimate this guy
2007-05-14 @ 08:04
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Oliver Sudden,

When Tiger experienced his train wreck at the Bay Hill about two months ago, you accused him of not giving a GD, losing interest, and generally "bagging it."

You further said that when Tiger felt he could no longer win, he didn't care where he finished, and that the thought that he always gives it his best regardless of where he is in the tournament was a myth , the creation of IMG.

But yesterday, after four holes of the final round, Woods was seven over par, obviously out of any contention, and destined not to finish in even in the top thirty.

If he had any propensity to lose interest and to just play out the string, that would have been the time and place to do it. His play had been mediocre at best all week, so nobody expected anything great from him.

We both no what he did then, five birdies and an eagle in his final fourteen holes to finish on a positive note.

Sure he didn't win, no one wins them all. He didn't even put his name on the first three pages of the leaderboard.

But one thing he did prove: He NEVER bags it , and he always gives it his best effort. A lot of fans were out early to see Woods play even if he was going nowhere. He gave them a late-round exhibition of the way a real pro plays the game whether in contention or not.
2007-05-14 @ 12:10
Comment from: Oliver Sudden [Visitor] Email
Alex,
Completely different situation than Bay Hill. At Bay Hill he had a chance to win on Sunday until he didn't birdie the par 5 and 3 jacked the next hole. At the Players he was just trying to have a decent last round.
2007-05-14 @ 17:51
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Oliver Sudden,

It is pointless to carry on a discussion that has no parameters

But I'll ask you these questions: Do you believe that a consummate professional like Woods would become disinterested and just go through the motions after falling behind in the latter part of Sunday's round?And, do you believe that Tiger tries harder when he is out of contention and just is going for a decent final round? And finally, do you think it is possible for a man like Woods to have the record he has if either or both of the preceding premeses were true?
2007-05-14 @ 18:33
Comment from: Rick Montenegro [Visitor] Email
Ok, I can't read your blog anymore. You're just a complete retard.
2007-05-14 @ 19:58
Comment from: Oliver Sudden [Visitor] Email
Alex, yes, no, yes. Tiger packed it in at Bayhill, I was present. Let's end this discussion. If you choose to believe Tiger always trys his hardest on every shot fine. If you want to believe Tiger is hitting the ball well right now O.K. The truth is, as is clear if you have tourcast, is he is hitting it awful. Geoff Ogilvy said "the thing that amazes me is he ( Tiger ) wins even though he hits it sideways" and Sabbatini correctly said "He is more beatable now than ever". It will become clear to everyone soon Tiger has got real problems. Get ready for "is Tiger in a slump ?" talk. What gets me is he said at the Players he hit the ball well but his putting let him down. What ? He's in denial if he believes that. I wish I was a journalist. My question "how many penalty strokes did you have this week ?".
2007-05-18 @ 00:08
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] Email
Oliver Sudden,

OK, the discussion is ended.

Incidentally, there have been several "Woods is in a slump" blogs on these threads already this year.

Tiger is not my favorite golfer or person by any means. Most of the time he comes off as cocky and even arrogant.

Also, particularly galling are the sycophantic golf announcers who can't help themselves when he is playing or even not playing from singing his praises. At the Players', Kelly actually said that she gave Woods an excellent chance of winning the tournament when he was nine shots back going ito the weekend.

Still, like him or not, his play so far this year has been on the same level as the rest of his career on most occasions. I'll agree that his driving has been erratic at times.

But his fairway ironsand putting are among the best on tour, that cannot be denied.
2007-05-18 @ 08:27

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