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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Second-Guessing Game Resumes

The big news on Friday was that Tiger won't play at Bay Hill.

But it was no surprise that the speculation about Tiger's game ramped up again, almost as much as if there had been an actual Tiger sighting.


Ironically, no one in the media had seen Tiger at all. (Except for maybe Notah Begay. Technically, I'm not sure he should count as a media guy.) All we have are reports that Tiger has been working real hard on the range and on the course, as well as Tiger's statement saying that he's "making strides" in his game but isn't ready for prime time yet.

And we have things like this Golf Digest article making fun of Tiger's statement. I don't really have a problem with that one -- it's clearly intended as a joke. What's sad is that the joke is basically a parody of what the rest of the media is doing with such great seriousness.

Every word that Tiger says (or writes) is put under the microscope, isn't it? Everybody hopes that they will be the ones to divine the undisclosed truth about when -- or if, depending on who you ask -- Tiger will get his game back on track enough to let the rest of us see it.

And we all know the reason for this second-guessing, don't we? It's because everybody (and their brother) thinks they could straighten Tiger out in 15 minutes or so.

The truth is that it's going to take more than 15 minutes. That's because the problem almost certainly does have a mental aspect to it -- not necessarily the yips, but simply confusion. Tiger has traditionally sorted out these sorts of problems pretty quickly. The fact that he hasn't done so yet almost certainly means he isn't sure exactly what the solution is... and once he figures it out, it will take some more time to make sure the proper routine is second nature to him.

That kind of information won't be parsed from any statement we're likely to see from Tiger -- that is, unless the statement says "I'm playing this week."

I think I'll wait for that one.

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