When history recalls the 2011 Masters, what will be the lead story line? The collapse of Rory McILroy, Tiger’s reemergence with his new swing or Charl Schwartzel making birdies on the last four holes to claim his first green jacket?
After jumping up the leader board on Friday, it looked like Tiger was about to take charge of the tournament and let the golf world know his game was back on track. But a sloppy third round not only questioned his comeback, it questioned if he would ever return to top form. The honesty truth is the old Tiger doesn’t shoot 74 on a Saturday while in contention of a major.
Come Sunday morning all eyes were on McILroy and at 21 would he take home his first green jacket. But after a blistering front 9 by Tiger, the world was glued to the TV witnessing a true charge. At five under early in the round he had the golf world thinking this Sean Foley swing was the real deal. But a sloppy putter and missed opportunities on 13 and 15 quickly put an end to the Tiger charge the networks so desperately wanted.
So, does a top 5 finish at the Masters validate the work Sean Foley is doing with Tiger? Not just yet. When Tiger Woods is your student, W’s in the win column are the only thing that earns you credit as a teacher. With the best player on planet looking to you for direction, he better see improvement and trophies on his mantle real soon. Great players are not known for their patience in lack of performance for those around them. Don’t believe me? Give Hank Haney a call and see what he says.
When I saw Tiger working with Haney and now Foley, I scratch my head and wonder why he parted ways from Butch Harmon. He wins FOUR MAJORS IN A ROW, destroying the field in the process and thinks it’s time to make a change! I’m not buying it. When Butch was looking over his game, the guy was untouchable. It wasn’t will he eclipse Jack’s record, it was when. Instead, someone’s ego got in the way and now the world wonders if any major is still within reach.