Seventy-six days. SEVENTY-SIX. That isn’t a typo. That’s how long it has been since my last post. I have no excuses other than life and priorities but it feels good to be back. I bet Tiger is thinking the same thing right about now coming off his solid showing at the Honda. First things first, let’s talk Justin Thomas. He picked up his 7th win in his last 31 starts when he held off Luke List in a one hole playoff late Sunday in South Florida. Justin is on quite a tear and his victory places him solidly at number 3 in the world again, 1 place ahead of Jordan Speith.
Thomas made one bogey on his round at the 9th hole where he butchered his first 4 shots until making his 4 foot bogey putt. He was steady from there on in and hit a clutch 110 yard gap wedge on the final hole to kick in range for birdie to force a playoff with List. The most interesting part of his round came on the 16th tee. Check out the audio from the CBS telecast.
I’m still in shock from that. Unless this guy was saying “get in the bunker” all around the golf course in JT’s ear today then why the quick reaction to get him tossed? Yes, the fan is an idiot. He was probably over served and thought he was being funny. But homie didn’t say it during the swing. He said it once the ball was 200 yards gone. Thomas should have simply ignored the idiocy. You think that won’t come back at him somewhere down the line? A rowdy crowd at Phoenix got on him pretty good a few weeks ago too. How’s he going to react to loud and proud Euro fans at the Ryder Cup this year?
His game is elite. The fans want to love him. But shit like this is going to push the every-man to root against him if he isn’t careful. I’d like to hear more from JT on this but I doubt the media has the awareness to bring up the incident.
What did you prove by kicking the dope out? Walk down the fairway and keep your focus on winning the tournament. Can you imagine Tiger even acknowledging such a comment in his prime? Do you know what kind of things he’s heard from the gallery? Am I off base here?
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I can’t believe what I saw from Tiger this week. When he teed off at Torrey Pines a month ago I hoped he’d finish each round he started. I was pleased he made the cut. Missing the cut last week at Riviera made him look lost all over again. Can’t hit a fairway. Can’t hit a green. Can’t make the cut. Where would he go from there? What could he do to fix his game let alone contend at PGA National in the Honda 5 days later?
All he did was shoot 70-71-69-70 on a difficult course and finish 12th place. At one point on Sunday was 4 shots back. He had the fastest measured club speed of the year. He was 2nd in the Honda in driving distance. This is with a fused back from a guy 7 months ago talking about having trouble walking and only hitting 60 yard shots. He’s a modern miracle walking inside the PGA Tour ropes right now. And we’re all lucky, as fans, to have him back.
As Robert says, the complaints are baffling. CBS and DirecTv could have dedicated an entire channel to Tiger’s rounds and it would have pulled more viewers than the normal broadcast. I watched every shot. The Big Cat is back and battling to win. He wanted the Honda to get into the WGC event next week. He got a taste. He’s excited about his game and he’s gearing toward April. Buckle up. I hope he plays in Tampa. You know he’s playing at Bay Hill. Why not get another 4 rounds of reps in before the Masters?
For this site? Another post well before 76 days go by, that’s for sure. I still have a course review in the archives to post from a top 100 visit last fall. I’ll probably get more posts in as we build up to the Masters too. I can’t make any promises but you should be getting more content in the next 6 weeks than I’ve posted in the last 6 months. Stay tuned.