Tiger Woods came back sooner than most thought he would from his knee surgery, and many are wondering why he does not look like the Tiger of old so far this season.
With many people wondering about Tiger, it has become even more apparent to me how good Tiger actually was and still is. Tiger is so good, that people look at his recent results and wonder what is wrong with him. Are you kidding me?
Tiger is in the midst of a streak of 17 straight top 10 finishes, going back to last season, in non-match play events. Pretty much, oh, everyone outside of Tiger Woods would love to have had that kind of success over the course of that streak. (except perhaps Paddy Harrington who certainly took full advantage of Tiger’s absence by winning 2 majors while he was out)
Tiger, since returning in 2009, has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, finished 4th in the Quail Hollow Championshp, finished 6th in the Masters, finished 8th in the Players Championship, and finished 9th in the World Golf Championships. He also made it to the 2nd round of Accenture Match Play in his first tournament back.
So, 1 win, 2 top 5′s and 5 top 10′s, out of 5 stoke play tournaments. Does that look like a player that is struggling?
Tiger has become Tiger Woods through many wins over a very large sample size. 5 tournaments in which he was in the running on each of the 5 Sunday’s certainly should not cause people to panic and wonder what has happened to the dominating Tiger of “old.”
Tiger lives for majors…If he goes through this year and fails to win a major, then maybe it will be time to wonder if Tiger will ever regain his insane form of the past 12-13 years. But in the mean time, give the guy a break. He came back sooner than expected, and is still reeling off top 10′s at the same pace that the Orioles run into outs on the base-paths. (Good for Tiger, bad for the O’s)
With 3 more majors left this season, including the US Open in 6 weeks, Tiger will come back and show that he is still, in fact, the most dominant golfer that this world has ever seen. Until then, let’s not panic and assume that every bad shot is the beginning of the end for Tiger as the top golfer in the world.