Even after 13th major, Tiger Woods' 63 at PGA still not one of the greatest rounds ever
Tiger Woods essentially won his 13th major off one round - his 63 on Friday in vacation forsaken Tulsa. It’s the kind of round that Ernie Els and the incredible shrinking crybaby Sergio Garcia could never throw at Tiger in a tournament that matters.
Which still does not make it one of the greatest rounds ever.
From the moment Tiger shot that 63, it was destined to be forever overhyped. Because he’s Tiger, the best golfer of all time, better than Jack Nicklaus already. What’s already being forgotten - and surely will go completely unmentioned within two years - is that Tiger’s 63 came on a par 70.
A 63 is always great, but it’s not always a 63. There is a huge difference between a 63 on a par 72 in a major and a 63 on a par 70 in a major. No one’s saying it deserves a Roger Maris asterisk, but there needs to be much more acknowledgement of this reality.
I hate to say this - because Johnny Miller will surely mention it himself during every tournament he ever broadcasts from here to eternity - but Tiger’s 63 is not worthy of being in the same breath as Johnny Miller’s 63 at Oakmont. Sure Miller’s 63 was on a par 71 itself, but that’s still better than a par 70, much better considering it also came in the final round.
When Tiger’s putt on the final hole of that 63 did everything but drop, cosmic golf justice was served. That round - as impressive as it was - didn’t deserve to go down as the greatest. In time, Woods himself will realize this.
That 63 isn’t going to be the round we remember forever from Tiger Woods. And that’s how it should be.
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Your posts have a certain theme.
They are always about someone's head being in a particularly unnatural place.
Second round of a Major Championship
Temperatures over 100 degrees
Doglegs on nearly every hole
Hard and fast greens
More trees on the course than dot the landscape of South Dakota
Yep it was a great round by anyone
Miller would have needed a chainsaw in the bag to card a 63
his head up his own Rump.
Complaining about a guy shooting a" 63" of a Major.
Do you just hate TW or are you just too stupid to walk
and chew gum at the same time?
Well.....At least we know now to take your blogs with the
respect they deserve." What an Idiot"
IT WAS A MAJOR, Numbskull !!!!!
A more valid point is this: All astute golf fans know that the US Open presents the toughest conditions in the world -- with S&M rough -- while the PGA probably offers the easiest layout of any major. As one of the commentators said at the start of the event, "They let you play golf [at Southern Hills]"; in other words, the conditions were such where you could hit the ball off-line and recover. This is the REAL reason why you can't compare Woods' 63 at Southern Hills to Millers' at Oakmont.
Really, and I've said this before, the PGA is just laid out much like a tough regular tour event.
Thus, I think it's safe to say that Woods' round was not one of the 13 best since 13 63s were shot at the majors with tougher conditions.
Of course, if you want to talk about one of the best rounds EVER, you have to consider the 59s and other lower scores that were shot. Therefore, there's little doubt in my mind that Woods' 63 wasn't even in the top 20.
Still on that same kick, are you?
You're not one of those, are you?
Question 2: Does the fact that Roger Maris hit 61 homers in less at-bats than the Babe needed for 60 matter?
Question 3: Was your round at Niagara On The Lake the best round ever? I still feel slighted.
Miller will try to tell you different, but watch the footage.
But to shoot a low number, then follow it up with consistent enough play to WIN the championship actually elevates that round to me.
Im not comparing it to anyone else's 63, just saying that it was stil a great round of golf.
No one said it wasn't a great round of golf, for it certainly was. It's just that it wasn't one of the greatest.
Are rounds like this common for you?
A single digit handicapper like myself would do well to break 100 there. 63 is amazing enough by itself but when you are talking about doing it in a Major... that's one of the greatest rounds.
You should read my analysis of a few days ago; I used hard facts to demonstrate that it was not, in fact, one of the "greatest rounds." That is, unless you would include at least 30 rounds in that category.
If we go with 150 golfers (80 after the cut) and 4 majors per year over the last 40 years alone..... 150x2x4x40 + 80x2x4x40= 72,000 rounds of golf.
That means 99.97% of the rounds have been higher (with 23 rounds at 63).
If being in the top 3 hundreths of one percent doesn't get you kudos I don't know what would.
Fortunately, the "great round" tag is mostly subjective so we can all feel free to have differing opinions.
Tell me dude...when was the last time you shot 63? on a putt, putt?
Yes, I was going to mention that it depends on what parameters you set for "greatest rounds." However, I'd venture to say that most people who would brand it as such aren't placing it in the context of the 72,000 rounds of the last four decades; rather, I think their frame of reference is defined by the stellar rounds that stand out in people's minds.
Again, there's a difference between a "great" round and one of the "greatest" ones.
All I am going to say is that I think it was one of the greatest I've seen. If you don't agree, that's fine, but it's all semantics anyway - we all agree it was an incredible round.
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