Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Cat Prowls at Torrey

Tiger at Torrey on FridayWell, I thought it was clever anyway. But whether you agree it's clever or not, it's still true.

And that could make for an interesting weekend, eh?

After two rounds Tiger leads the Farmers Insurance Open by two strokes. That's not a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination. As we all know, Tiger has been less than impressive over most weekends during the last year or so. Unlike the pre-2009 Tiger, no lead of his has been safe lately.

Nevertheless, I have a feeling that Tiger circa 2013 may be a different animal than we have become used to. I think he's finally gotten through the worst stage of his swing change -- a change which I have repeatedly said is different from his other swing changes because this one was a completely new move designed to protect his left knee. Now he's far enough along to focus on his short game instead of his long game.

I'm not saying that I expect him to run away with the tournament. I think this weekend will be a bit of a test for him. But I think we should pay close attention to his iron game -- especially his wedges -- over the next two rounds. If he keeps them under control this weekend, I think it's safe to say he's finally turned the corner in his "process."

And if he has, Rory might find it a bit trickier to hold that #1 position than he expected.

The photo came from this USAToday post.

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