Did Tiger fire Stevie or did Stevie quit? Williams has been riding the Adam Scott horse for the last few tournaments under the assumption that he was on loan to Adam but the Kiwi and Aussie seem to get along great and Scott is playing well. Don’t think Tiger’s problems have anything to do with Williams and maybe he was thinking change for the sake of change. Maybe the request to work for Scott in the U.S. Open looked like a disloyal move on Williams’ part. In the Tiger camp, the latest change to swing coach Sean Foley hasn’t worked out, with Tiger now a total mechanical head case. New caddy going to fix that? No way. We’ll see who lines up next to join the circus but first Stevie goes on the money making circuit. Can’t wait to buy the tell-all book!
Update, August 7, 2011: Wow!. Can you believe Stevie’s post-round comments after Adam Scott’s victory in the WGC Bridgestone? It’s as if Scott didn’t even win the tournament and the whole world revolves around Stevie. While discussing his affinity for finishing first in everything he does, Williams said, “This is the greatest week of my life.” Pretty strong statement for a guy who’d been on the bag for 13 major wins with Tiger not to mention a huge finger in the eye of his former boss. Little bitter there Stevie?
So hobbling around in a walking boot apparently isn’t good preparation for a major. This guy needs to be thinking about participation and making cuts before contemplating more major victories. Tiger – Phase 1 is over and done. Images of Tiger tooling around in a mini-cart like Casey Martin now come to mind and may come to fruition once the network suits figure out how much money they’re losing without Woods to anchor their telecasts.
To be honest, Tiger’s withdrawal is no surprise, however, the comments in his post round interview left me thinking that he overplayed the injury and simply quit because he was hacking so badly. Mark O’Meara reported that he had played pre-tournament practice rounds with Tiger and Tiger’s knee seemed fine. Frankly, I’m mystified as to how he could warm up before the round without issue and seriously re-injure himself on his first tee shot. Is Tiger’s will to compete the same as it was when playing on a broken leg in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where the injury seemed more serious than this one, or is it dependent on the quality of the shots he’s hitting?
Clearly Tiger is playing on an old 35 year body and his mental state is not even close to his former self. You can lock up Nicklaus’ record for majors and throw away the key!
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