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Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 10:42 PM

Golf Gods Strike Tiger, But He Still Won

Ever since Tiger thoroughly dominated the British this year, he has been playing some out-of-this-world golf. He has played so well that it's almost godlike. Well the Golf Gods don't like mere mortals to approach their divinity, so it was just a matter of time before they struck him down.

They did so Saturday during the 3rd round of the Bridgestone Invitational. After taking a commanding lead, Tiger turned into your average Weekend Warrior golf hack. Tiger succumbed to the God of Bogeys and recorded four consecutive bogeys, his longest such streak in nearly 10 years. All of a sudden Tiger's comfortable two-shot lead disintegrated and left him five shots behind the leader. Dave Pelz was smiling. Phil was smiling too, but when is he not?

But knocking Tiger's A-game down his C-game is still better than most PGA Pros' A-games. In the end, it was barely enough to get by a feisty Stewart Cink and chalk up career PGA Tour win number 52. Simply amazing.

With all of Tiger's success after two major swing overhauls, I'm beginning to think that Tiger could win if he adopted Charles Barkley's swing:

However, I still think that Tiger's swing under Butch Harmon's watch was still the best. Fortunately, we can still see what it looked like by watching (updated with video).


Blogger woundedduck said...

I can't understand how Barkley can watch pro golfers, and it his attempt to mimic their swings, come up the discombobulated seizure he calls a swing--there's no denying he was a beast in the paint, though. As for Woods's swing, the only aspect in which I can agree the old swing might be better is in how hard and effortlessly he used to swing. In '97, he swing was a blur of precision, but now it seems much more conscious, measured, and controlled. It would seem raw talent, which guys like Els, Couples and Garcia have in abundance, isn't enough to play at the level of Woods. And since Woods's accomplishments are unprecedented, maybe all pro golfers should think about shaping their raw talent like he has.  


Blogger mediaguru @ HookedOnGolfBlog.com said...

"Adam Scott, the white Tiger" is very funny. But he's not even CLOSE to as good as Tiger. His swing "looks" similar but that's where it ends..  


Blogger Jam Boy said...

I hope someday Barkley gets on the tour with that same swing. It's the most magnificent thing I've ever seen. The fact that he can even come close to hitting the ball classifies his impact position as the 8th wonder of the world. Thanks so much for sharing those images with me. Better than a horror flick.  


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