Tiger Fends Off Critics, Ready for Players
Tiger Woods is in Ponte Vedra, Florida this week for the Players Championship. In 2001, he won this tournament for the first time at the pinnacle of his career. The tournament has been called the “unofficial fifth major” and was played one week before the Masters when Woods won in 2001.
This year is quite different as Tiger is still trying to find his swing, best form and winning way. He has been fending off questions all week about a poor showing in April at the Masters and missing the cut last week at Quail Hollow. When he won the Bay Hill tournament prior to the Masters, many thought he was nearly back to his old self.
Former great Nick Faldo and golf commentator Brandel Chamblee think Woods should not worry so much about his shot, fire his current coach Sean Foley and rehire former coach Butch Harmon. Faldo, a winner of six majors, says Woods is lacking in confidence and too worried about the techniques of his swing.
Woods’ reply was that it took a year and a half to two years for his swing changes with Butch Harmon and Hank Haney to kick in and he has been with Foley for only two years, but was injured the majority of that time.
Woods will be in a group on the first two days of the tournament with Rickie Fowler, last week’s Tour winner and Hunter Mahan who is leading the FedEx Cup race thus far.
Woods is hoping that a fine showing here against the world’s best competition, will help him prepare for the next major of the year, the U.S. Open that will be played in early June.