This week Tiger Woods returns to a golf course that he has absolutely dominated in the past, Torrey Pines, for the Farmers Insurance Open. I have no prediction on how he will finish this week, however, my prediction is that his play at Torrey may give us a glimpse of what the future holds for the former No. 1 player. He recently tweeted on @TigerWoods, “I’ve been working hard on my game, it’s game time hooah!!” Also Brian Wacker tweeted today that Sean Foley said in a phone interview that “Tiger is hitting it even better than he was at Chevron… Swing is more in sequence, more natural…. driver is best club in TW’s bag.”
It was difficult to tell how Tiger was mentally last year because of how bad he was swinging the club. It just looked forced and unnatural, not Tiger-like one bit. Now he has had more time to work with Foley and more importantly, get focused only the way Tiger knows how. On top of all that, he is playing a course where he won a U.S. Open on one leg and has won the last four Farmers Insurance Opens that he has played in.
If we see the same struggles with his game this week that was saw all last year then it may be a while before we see him atop the Official World Golf Ranking. However, if Tiger shows us some of the dominance we are used to seeing, then Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer need to enjoy their position in the OWGR now because they won’t be ahead of Tiger for very long. When Tiger says “it’s game time hooah!!”, I believe he is more than ready. It should be a very interesting week in golf and a great preview for the year to come. Stay tuned.
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