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June 19, 2004

Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus

There was an interesting article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal titled Can Tiger Catch the Golden Bear. Let me sum it up in one word: No-Friggin-Way.

Here's some food for thought: Seve Ballesteros, 31; Tom Watson, 34; Arnold Palmer, 35. These are the ages each of these guys won their last majors, Jack being the exception at age 46. Mr. Woods better stop dicking around with his hot Swedish nanny chick if wants to be up there with these greats.

Nicklaus also suffered a slump at about the same age as Tiger, but he came back and won 4 of 8 majors. At this point it makes me sick to see Tiger's name in the same article as Mr. Nicklaus. If he is to be compared to Jack Nicklaus, he better get back out there and start playing.

Perhaps he should swallow his pride and get rid of his idiot caddy and go back to camp Butch.


Bunker said...

Several years ago I told friends I thought Duval would eventually win more majors than Tiger. I was hoping he'd do better this weekend and make me out to be some brilliant analyst.

Tiger thinks he's not scoring well because he doesn't hit fairways. That's why I agree with your assessment. His strength has always been his ability to make shots from trouble that others couldn't. He's not doing that now. A good coach or caddie would tell him that.

Anonymous said...

Tiger is fine. People have been predicting this kids demise since the day he turned pro and are all giddy with joy when he doesnt appear to be in the hunt on Sunday. Whatever the reason for this so called slump I am sure its not as dire as those who pray for it daily would like it to be.

P.S. Is it me or does it seem Phil Mickelson suffers from a aching case of major penis envy whenever Tiger Woods is mentioned to him? Get over it Phil. Having all potatos and no meat isnt so bad.

Anonymous said...

Tiger is "in the desert".

"The desert" is where great players usually go after a run at the top. He is destined to wander in the desert for some unspecified period of time until the Golf Gods have decided "the metal is ready for the Maker's hands", or its time for the Senior Tour.

Only after wandering in the desert will Tiger have a chance to return to form. Niclaus knows the desert, and got out. So do others like Miller (who never got out as a golfer), Price, Faldo, Pavin, Couples, and Mickelson. Mickelson has been in the desert for 10 years or so, wandering aimlessly among the major championship winners, trying to find his game. Most of the others I mentioned are still searching.

Mickelson has found it. Tiger has lost it. Golf is great.

Anonymous said...

I think at this point Butch and Tiger are done, too bad. As for Tiger and Jack, the competition today is by far tougher than when Jack played. Jack himself has said so. This is great for the game. It remains to be seen how many tournaments Tiger can win but I would be among the doubters that Tiger (or anyone) will ever top Jack's mark. To the Tiger haters out there: Tiger probably doesn't enjoy the attention he gets from the media when he is playing badly. Hate the media not Tiger. I hate to see all the coverage of the Peterson thing Cobey Bryant,the list goes on and on. Words of mass distraction, it seems all about a lot of nothing to me, but if I choose to watch the news that is what I am going to see.

Anonymous said...

I always love it when couch potatoes who couldn't hit a golf ball 200 yards try to analyze a great player. As usual they miss the mark completely.

Go out and play against Tiger, or even Jack and then write your comments.

What do you think now!

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Couch Potato said...

"Help me if you can I'm feeling down" - I also think I must be lost.

I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him on the golf course yesterday. Now this is strange because usually I see him in the supermarket.

Honest really, last time I saw him there he was right in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender".

He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a shiny, new lcd tv to go with that blue suede sofa of yours.

But Elvis said I, In the Ghetto nobody has a lcd tv .

Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger.

Then I'm gonna go home, put ma dancin' suit on, munch me some uppers and freak out to that maaaaaaaaad surfing scene in Apocalypse Now on ma lcd tv .

How cool is that boy?

And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . .

"You give me love and consolation,
You give me strength to carry on "

Strange day or what? :-)

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