The Next Tiger Woods
By mustang6560 on 8/17/11
The running joke in the golfing world - or at least here on oobgolf - is to label everyone and everything the next Tiger Woods.
It seemed to start after Rory McIlroy’s dominating performance at the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club two months ago. As soon as it was clear Rory was not going to repeat his Masters meltdown, the comparisons started in full. Is Rory McIlroy the next Tiger Woods?
Since then, the golf pundits have embarked on a one-way journey to find the next Tiger Woods. Is it in fact the young Northern Irishman? He set 12 records en route to his victory at the U.S. Open. How about Matteo Mannasero? He’s won twice on the European Tour and he can’t even drive yet. Maybe Ryo Ishikawa? He shot a 59 once. Keegan Bradley? He’s won twice on the PGA Tour this year and one of them was a major.
In all of the talk about finding the next Tiger Woods, one name has been left out of the conversation. Tiger Woods. The media has been so quick to label someone else the next great player that no one had the chance to ask, is Tiger Woods the next Tiger Woods?
The question is not rhetorical. It is a sincere question and should be contemplated at water coolers around the world. But, in order to know the answer, we must first understand the question. What the question is really asking is who is going to be the next golfer to dominate golf like the Tiger of old did? And I think Tiger is just as likely as any of the aforementioned golfers to do so.
The NFL motto "Any given Sunday" now applies to golf. Anyone and everyone is winning nowadays. So far in 2011, we've seen 10 first-time winners on the PGA Tour and six of them have been rookies. The parity is so bad this year people have thrown Keegan Bradley's name into the mix as Player of the Year and he's only won twice.
Tiger once provided stability to an unstable sport. He was the rock of the PGA Tour, of golf, for that matter. Fans knew week in and week out the face of at least one golfer who would be near or at the top of the leaderboard. On top of that, he was exciting to watch because he gave you a sense that he could make history every time he swung a golf club. And that’s exactly why golf fans and sports fans fell in love with him.
In Tiger's absence, the rest of the golfing world has been given a chance to dominate, but no one has stepped up. Why? Because it’s hard to dominate golf. Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and a plethora of other players were given the opportunity to make a move, but no one was able to successfully mount a charge.
So before the world decides to crown someone else as the next Tiger Woods, they should consider waiting because Tiger may return to dominate before someone else has a chance.
photo by Keith Allison
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the parity is nice to an extent. Has anyone won more then twice this year? If not then i say Bradely is front runner for POY. I like the domination factor that Tiger brought to golf. I dont think Tiger will be that guy anymore and everyone is so good and no one seems to have the same drive and fire Tiger had during his hay-day. These consistent types just bore that crap out of me IE. Westwood and Donald. Good hell ya, Great, no freaking way. I think winning a major should be a pre requisite to being #1 in the World, and you have to play on the PGA tour as well. The only person who seems to be able to play the part of Tiger ala 2000 in books is McIlroy and i give that a 11% chance.
David B says:
The media has discounted Tiger....bad move. When he stops tinkering with his swing, when his head "gets right", we will see TW be a factor once again. The issue is WHEN not IF. Tiger...if your reading this...stop the damn changes, relax, enjoy the day. There....I've said my piece.
Ryo actually shot a 58. Luke Donald has won more than twice this year, but it's been on both the PGA and Euro tours.
but i would have to say that Keegan is the front runner for POY honors. 2 wins with 1 being a major is better than everyone else this year.
now if Nick Watney were to go on a tear and win for the third time and grab the FedEx Cup.......who am i kidding....i still wouldn't care. Keegan gets my vote.
At this point, I'd vote for Keegan as well. PGA Champion in his rookie year is downright amazing. I like Watney's game, but doesn't seem to have much of a personality. Though, I did like seeing him replace his own divots while he was the last guy on the course. Classy.
Wow ! He COULD be the next tiger woods! How soon can we get ANOTHER article on this fantastic personality?
Wanna know who could ACTUALLY be the next tiger woods? Tiger's son, wonder if he's swinging a club yet? He wouldn't even have to be good at golf, all they'd have to do is give him the nickname "tiger" and, "Voila", he's the NEW "tiger woods"
Tiger who? and Couples wants him on the Presidents Cup? Does Couples want to win or is he just being pushed by the media to select him. Dollars trump country!
POY, Keegan's the one. Some of those shots the during the playoff reminded me of Tiger of old.
Thing that really gives me a rash is the way the media both wants Tiger to be his old self, as well as fail again. it's win win for them i guess. Feherty kinda pissed me off during the tournament when Tiger would hit a good shot and he'd refer to it as "Flashes of brilliance". There's a word for that -- LUCK. With the way he was swinging starting on his 6th hole of the day in round one, there was no brilliance. It was just luck that got him there in the first place. Swing changes do that, occasionally it comes together, but when his "brilliance" shows itself more often than 3 shots in a round, then i'll buy some stock.... maybe.
David B is right. Stop with the swing changes. I mean how long have you been working with Sean Foley and it still isn't working. Sean Foley Sucks. Tiger needs to find someone new or do it alone.
Just a thought: TW played his best golf when he was a complete a-hole, and he's been burned at the stake (well deserved IMHO) for being a complete a-hole. The guy is now mind-f*&ked beyond the point where he can be the killer he once was, because he'll never again be able to justify (in his mind) the cost of being a killer. All the swing changes in the world can't fix that. TW might be able to be a nice guy golfer, but he can't be a nice guy winner.
What's the big hurry? It's been less than 2 seasons since "The accident". Golf did just fine under the watch of Azinger, Cook, Couples, Daly, Duval, Faldo, Jacobson, Kite, Lehman, Price, Singh, Stewart, and other regular top10 finishers during the post "Nicklaus Era" and before TW 1.0 (87-97)! The media coverage is so myopic. Remember 5'4" Ian "Wee Woosie" Woosnam at the '91 Masters? What about Ken Green, the 90's counterpart to Dennis Rodman on the PGA Tour, with his 5 tour wins, "Avacado green" shoes and multiple PGA fines (google it)? We would have never heard of these guys if there were a TW around then. This season has been stacked with action. More tourney's than ever have ended in great scoring and playoffs galore.
Like Hogan and Nicklaus, TW has raised the standard for a new crop of players who have modeled their game, workouts, diet, to compete at TWs level of play. They are begining to prove they can and that has created a "Bottleneck" at the top making it harder for TW to dominate/return. Let's all crack open our favorite bev, put our feet up and give them a decade to duke it out. If the media is forced to focus less on TW, we will get to know these guys and once again find the game worth watching.
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