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Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:43 pm
 

AKRON, Ohio -- It wasn't pretty.

It wasn't particularly effective, either.

But it marked another step of perceived progress for Tiger Woods on Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods shot his highest score of the week, a 2-over 72, and fell into a tie for 38th in his first full tournament since April, leaving him 13 strokes behind leader Adam Scott at Firestone Country Club.

Despite playing on a venue where he has seven career victories, Woods struggled mightily and missed every fairway on the front nine before finally settling into something of a rhythm on the inward half.

"Today was a struggle," he said. "But I pieced it back together, which was nice. I'm still fighting my old patterns."

That would include a run of less-than-spectacular results, compared to what people are accustomed to. Woods hasn’t won in 22 months on the PGA Tour and has been fighting injury and off-the-course travails for most of that time. He's found 17 of 42 fairways this week to rank T74 in a 76-man field, and isn’t much better at T53 in putts.

Woods explained that he isn’t curving the ball as much with his new swing and hasn't dialed in his launch patterns quite yet, so to speak.

"I've hit it flush all week," he said. "I'm trying to get used to my new setup and lines."

Because he was positioned dead in the middle of the pack after 36 holes and the PGA Tour sent players off both tees in threesomes to beat some forecast weather, Woods was in the first group off the first tee at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. He played alongside Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter, who both are ranked higher than he is in the world ranking.

Data is a bit sketchy, but it's believed to be the first time since his rookie year that Woods played with two higher-ranked players. Woods has skidded 26 positions this year to No. 28 in the world.

Woods has also had some misadventures on the greens, where he has missed two putts from around 30 inches this week and had another take a 360-degree tour of the cup before toppling in.

Yet Watson, who shot 2-under 68 and moved up to T20, still came away impressed by what he saw in his former practice-round partner.

"He didn’t make any putts, that's really what it was," said Watson, a two-time winner this year. "Those momentum putts.

"He's really close. I wouldn’t be surprised if he played really well tomorrow and then won next week."

Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Wow, the tiger haters are out in full force.  Only "real" golf fans root against Tiger huh.  You are all idiots.  The man is still the best golfer in the world, the steroid allegations is nothing but complete slander of a guy who has never even been hinted at juicing.  Some of your jealousy is entertaining.  The man will be back and will be number 1 again.  Nicklaus doesn't even have the right to clean his spikes.




Look fella you are either in love with Tiger or want his black book.
Since I am an idiot I guess that makes you a low life spineless,gutless, moronic nice guy huh .
He is not the best golfer in the world and if you followed golf or knowed anything about the game there have been more than hints come out. Wait for Williams book to come out before you make such stupid statements.
The steroid doctor comes over from Canada to treat Tiger because he can't find a doctor here in the states. HUH HUH HUH HUH




Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: August 8, 2011 11:59 am
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Question one, how would someone named "Bubba" who has never been "there" know where it (there) is?  Question two,  who really cares what Tigah does execpt the pandering bunch of pimps who promote him for their own financial good?



Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Well said. The outright hatred of the man since he made his mistakes is staggering. Hal Sutton was married and divorced four times and his life in his younger years was wild as some of his contemporaries described it, much of it involving many women who were not married to him and leading to his four divorces. He was nick named Halimony by some tour pros back in the day. I don't recall much being said about him and what little was said or written didn'g go on for months and months and ridiculous months like it has with Tiger.



Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Sadly, most don't care if he's close or not.  Tiger sqaundered the most important thing he had
going for him-a sense of integrity-money and won titles aside.  Regardless of what he does; hire friends as caddies, hire
new coaches he'll never regain the grandeur he once had and the sponsors will continue to fade.
While I'm sure the lives of Nicholas, Palmer, Trevino, Watson etc were never perfect they gave us
something priceless, the ability to have showmanship and integrity on and off the field. That's how we like our
golfers.



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

As Charles Barkley once said, he isn't paid to be a role model.  He also isn't there to cater to every snot nosed kid that wants to interrupt his job for a signature.  I could care less if he slapped a fan, as long as he is still there competing is all that matters.  People take this crap too personally.  I don't know the man personally and don't care...I am a fan of his athletic ability.  Whatever he does on his free time is no concern of mine.  Whether he rescues baby kittens out of a fire, or trips old people crossing the street, his outside persona has no effect on my day to day life.  I don't know him, don't consider him a friend, wouldn't even care if he left golf tomorrow permanently, but while he is here, I enjoy his golf game.  Period. 


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:24 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Can fresh blood deals with corporate murderers and tyrannical states be far behind?



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Aside from what all the so called "experts" on these threads say, I for one am glad to see the guy back on the course. The mere presence of him makes people watch the sport and oddly enough it seems as if the galleries are wanting him to succeed. This guy forever changed the game of golf and made it relevant in the sporting world and that in itself is enough to warrant some respect. If anyone can name 1 guy aside from Tiger who has even sniffed coming close to being what Tiger Woods was/is I'd like to hear his name?......the so called "young guns" on the tour haven't shown any talent remotely close to what Tiger has on a bad day. The people who watched how dominating Woods was in his prime know that the quality of golf we watch now compared to what we were watching 10 years ago is subpar to say the least....imo



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:56 am
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Wow, the tiger haters are out in full force.  Only "real" golf fans root against Tiger huh.  You are all idiots.  The man is still the best golfer in the world, the steroid allegations is nothing but complete slander of a guy who has never even been hinted at juicing.  Some of your jealousy is entertaining.  The man will be back and will be number 1 again.  Nicklaus doesn't even have the right to clean his spikes.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:43 am
 

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

Bubba , what are you saying Tiger is close to a flock of sheep? Bubba, Bubba, Bubba, please don't believe what Tiger tells you. The only thing Tiger is close to is himself and that flock of sheep. Someone says he needs to go out and find some more hotties. What hotties is he talking about, his wife was better looking than those scags he went out with.

Tiger needs to be humbled which is something that will never happen. He is the most arrogant golfer on the tour.
Maybe he needs to move to Ireland. The saying over there is women's swell but sheep don't tell!!



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