he came way to close this year just failed on the weekend
thought he had the pga in the bag after round 2,
if he doesn't win a major next year then we can worry will he ever win one, 2013 is the YEAR..
I agree. All the courses for 2013 set up for Tiger pretty well.
Tiger always plays the Masters well. I see no reason why Tiger should struggle unless he simply just can't buy a putt that week or something is wrong with his swing mechanically. Augusta National is a course that you need to draw the ball. Although Tiger fades the ball better, his struggles hitting fairways come when he has to fade the ball into a left to right wind. A fade is his more natural shot shape, but he really shouldn't have any problems hitting the draw at Augusta. I would be shocked if Tiger is not contending for the Masters
Merion sets up alright for Tiger, not great. Tiger can hit a lot of irons off tee's, its a very short course under 7000 yards. Its going to be about ball striking and putting. However, I would give the advantage to the Luke Donald's of the world at Merion.
Muirfield is tough course to gage. If the elements don't make its presence felt, its a relatively easy course. It can be eaten up if the weather doesn't effect the tournament. The course is not that long. Its really just a typical links style course. However, when you get bad weather at Muirfield, its the worst weather you will see during an Open Championship. If it plays easy and there is no weather, I don't really like Tiger's chances winning, it would favor someone like Rory, but if the weather makes a difference, it should really be to Tiger's advantage.
The last venue Oak Hill Country club is a course thats all about strategy. A lot of dog legs, a lot of uphill and downhill holes, you need to keep the ball below the hole on the greens. Tiger is known as the best golf course strategist on tour, which is why Oak Hill should suit him.
I don't know why you think Merion sets up well for Woods. Historically it plays short and precise
and has punitive rough. Winners there are David Graham, Trevino, Hogan. None of them had
games similar to Woods.
In 2002 Woods finished t28 at Muirfield, by far his worst showing at a major that season. In fact,
only twice since then has he finished lower in a major that he made the cut. One of those times
was this years Masters and the other was the 2003 PGA Championship which was played at
Oak Hill - site of next season's PGA.
I wouldn't be holding my breath for Tiger to win at any of those venues next year. Maybe the
Masters but not the other three.
Tiger's ball striking has been excellent all year. He has actually been one of the better ball strikers on tour. You don't need to be a short hitter to win a shorter course.
Sure, if you are a big bomber who can't hit greens and can't putt, a shorter type of course probably won't suit you, but Tiger has always been a complete golfer, which is why he has accomplished what he has.
There is no such thing as a golf course that doesn't fit Tiger. When I hear all this stuff that the 2013 majors don't suit Tiger, I call BS. The guy has won 14 majors and is probably the best golfer ever, if he has his A game on any given week, he should win, no matter what type of course he is playing on.
As far as what happened at Muirfield, I am sure you didn't watch what happened, you probably just read on some website the result and saw he had a poor finish. The third round of that Open was the worst weather I can remember ever seeing in an Open. Tiger shot an 81. If you replace that 81 with a 71, which is even par for the round. Tiger wins the tournament by four shots. So don't give me that BS that he played poorly, he had one poor round, the other three rounds he was by FAR the best golfer on the course.
I wasn't trying to prove that he should have another major, I was trying to prove that he played well in that tournament. Playing three very good rounds and having one horrible round in absolutely terrible weather is nothing to be ashamed of. Looking at where he finished and saying the course doesn't set up well for him because of the place he finished in is not the proper way to look at it.
Thats like saying the USA played poorly in the Ryder Cup. They were great the first two days, but were horrible the last day. Does that mean they had a bad Ryder Cup? It depends on how you look at it, but I see it as playing well, but having one bad day.