Tiger Woods finds himself in a curious position these days. He's ranked 195 in the world, he's only shot four rounds in the 80's during his career and two of those rounds have been in the last few weeks. I find myself holding onto a strong sense of hope for him each week he tees it up for the only reason I can come up with, he's Tiger Woods, but is that a thing anymore? Players no longer cringe when he walks by them onto the range. As a matter of fact, he doesn't seem the same himself. Last week at the US Open during an opening round that failed to be sub-80 he was caught on camera several times smiling and yucking it up with Rickie and Louie. That never was the Tiger that we grew up with, we grew up with a superstar that had a steely demeanor. Just last week at the US Open, I overheard one of Tiger's old swing coaches talking with an old friend about the mystery that is Tiger and he seemed to have a different take than the media. The media has been ripping all his past swing coaches for messing with his swing and causing him to loose his way, while his old coach seemed to think that his ego and stubbornness to listen to instruction was playing a huge role and was the underlying reason that they broke up their player and coach relationship. All these things aside though, back to original question. Will Tiger fight his way back? Yes, I said fight because it is going to be a dog fight just to get back to being a major contender or even thinking about breaking Nicklaus's record. Deep down it feels like time is running out on this story and career. Kobe Bryant bounced back from rape allegations in a single season and we are on year six of Tiger's decline brought upon by his own sex scandal. Things are not looking bright for the former superstar and with each tournament, hope is growing thinner. I hope he turns it around in time to give Rory and Jordan a run for their money but that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon. Let us know what you think? Your comments and opinions are welcomed!
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