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Video: Even Tiger Cold Tops One Now And Then...

Thanks to reader Brian for the video link to this shot during first round play at Abu Dhabi. The shot was hit from the first tee (his tenth hole) during opening round play in the 2013 HSBC Golf Championship.

According to Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker it went 200 yards.

Watch it before the inevitable copyright claim.

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Has he been practicing at all in the offseason??? geez thats bad.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhandbraketurn
why is no one running with this 'Tiger to remarry Elin' story? Or did I miss Geoff's post on it?
01.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjgw
I got that shot
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I watched most of the 1st round, Tiger and Rory both looked pretty weak.

Tiger had to make a 20 footer for par on his opening hole, a par 5. He managed to turn 2-under and promptly laid the sod over a driver, a driver! (his 10th hole) It was a driver-SW hole and Tiger had to hit a 5-wood from the rough and came up short. Earlier he hit a 3-wood from the tee into a bush, etc...

Rory looked as bad or worse... Something about the 2nd shot on 18 (reachable par 5) does not suit Rory's eye. Last year he hit it on top of the grandstand and ultimately lost the ball, last night he hit a screaming low snap hooked 3-wood that ended up left and long of same pavilion (his 9th hole) Rory was in bunkers the first 3 holes, doubled a par 3 without a penalty shot, and hit a tee shot OB on the back 9 for another double.

Tiger and Rory are 5 back and 8 back respectively after round 1.

However, they were both dressed very nicely, their Nike gear looked way better than Kaymer's getup by Boss! They also had a good chat and laugh together as they went around, these two clearly enjoy each others company.

jgw, Smacking the Featherie is covering that story for us, I'm sure he'll be along soon to update you on it.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Love this: "Has he just hit that along the ground?"
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Matre
Robert, I was listening at the time but was not looking at the video the moment he made the swing....the announcers were stunned. Afterward I kept waiting for a replay but they never showed it which is odd because you'd think that would be one they'd want to slow-mo and analyze ad nauseum.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
My mantra for all chunks this season, "I wasn't committed to the shot.:"
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike T.
Tiger has Lindsey Vonn on the brain. At least he managed to keep it to only one cold top.

Meanwhile, Rory was getting live updates of the Wozniacki match at the Australian Open which was concurrent with most of his round here in Abu Dhabi. Non-professional.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Can we all take a deep breath, relax and not over-analyze the first round of the season for both players?

And, if we are going to analyze, lost amidst the poor tee-shots were two things that might bode well for Tiger this year: (1) vastly improved distance control with his wedges and some damn fine work on the short game to save his round from being a 75.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Would have loved to have had the internet around when Jack Nicklaus cold topped a 3 wood during one of the original Skins game telecasts. Loved to have seen the repsponses then. Judging from some replies in the Rory & Tiger bad shot threads makes me believe more than a few people here either have never been to a professional golf event to witness how many BAD shots acutually take place during an event or themselves do not golf.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan

As was said- I've got that shot!

And OWGR_ yes- go to a tournament and see the real deal.....The difference between the pros and us is---they recover , and typically salvage par.

01.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Tigre sounds like a politician. It's a process, baby......
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerry fm VA Beach
@Digs... Correct in that they usually recover but not always. Lots of big numbers made every week on all of the professional tours by every class of player.

Everybody on the professional level hits bad and sometimes worse shots. Except in the minds of some. In so much as when you listen to them talk they would have you believe that many of the older/all time greats of the game never missed a fairway, a green on the following approach and the subsequent putt. :)
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
When is the last time Tiger said "I didn’t want to hit it."
01.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterduck!hooker
it's all there in front of you
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Canyon
Reminds me of the "drive" by Jason Day at (I believe) Kapalua last year. It barely went 100 yds and then he hit driver off the deck and salvaged par. What was great was that after he hit the drive, he was laughing as if to say "I can't effing believe I hit that!" Meanwhile, it's good to know that I can hit the same shots as Tiger and Rory!
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTampaGolfer
Anyone remember the US Open Champion's shank with a mid-iron at Medinah?
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I've watched a fair amount of live pro golf (PGA tour level) and you don't actually see too many guys hit behind the ball with a wood.
In my foursome, yes you stand a good chance of seeing it, but when you pay a guy 3 million just to show up, you don't expect him to chilli-dip a 3-wood. LOL
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
So what. He parred the round, not tanked it. Five shots back after the first round isnt a crisis. # days left.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEnigma
I tell you, it's those Nike out of the oven.
(I'm on fire, and I haven't even had a drink Tommy!!!)
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
So wheres the video of Rory snap hooking a 3 wood into the stands??? Who moves the needle?
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEnigma
Well so far looks like that new equipment for rory is working out .
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaddy man
@gjw I can't believe no one responded to the TW / Elin story either. Appears TW is begging Elin to re-marry him. It's loney at the top, huh? Pre-nup and penalty clause are suspected addendums to marrage contract.
Hit the same shot on the same hole in our sister club championship in October. Twice. But I did it with a 5-wood! Tiger made a much better swing at the end of the Rory commercial. As Digs put it, "Money!" Wonder if Dr. Neuroplasticity is in the Mid-East this week?
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
On a par with the the shank I saw Jack hit off the 7th at Olympic in the 4th round of the '87 US Open …
01.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJB
Am I the only person to be rather suspicious of the Tiger/Rory pairing ? You already know you're hardly going to get any spectators and yet you put the 2 top players in the same group ?? Normally they would be split am/pm for the first 2 rounds for the benefit of TV. Have Woods and Mickelson EVER been paired for the first 2 rounds of a normal PGA Tour event ? Nike conspiracy theorists sign up here ! Of course if they both play as they did yesterday it could backfire....
01.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdavid
He was thinking about girls.
01.17.2013 | Unregistered Commentermarkwellsgolf
He was thinking about the 350 million no cheat clause on his down swing.
01.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Re-reading commentRY- oops....

Yes, I was waiting for a replay, and they never showed one.

Yes, the ''Did he just hit...ground?'' was VERY funny.

No, they never gave any yardages, for the ''drive'', or for how far out he was....

...and finally... he didn't it an ''inch'' behind the ball--- HE HIT ABOUT 6 TO 12 INCHES BEHIND! If the club had bounced much higher, he could have whiffed!

It was the worst tee shot I have ever seen a pro hit, except for Tom Kite decking a spectator, in one of his US Open misses.
01.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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