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Tiger On All Cylinders: "I've driven the ball well, I've hit my irons well, and I've chipped and putted well."

Having watched him a fair amount but much less than some of my peers, Tiger's game looks as complete as it has since, well, you know when.

He has a six stroke lead with ten holes to play in Monday's Farmers Insurance Open.

Broadcast times are as follows:11 am PT on Golf Channel, 1 pm ET on CBS. And streaming live for the office workers of America.

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My profound sympathies to all the haters. Hope it's a looooong year for y'all.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Quite a change from Abu Dhabi.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Ok, folks, today we have a new game to play and it's called Tiger Bingo!

Today we are looking for:

-fan boy
-Tiggly Wiggly
-Dr. Galea
-and L. Vonn

tlavin's opening salvo has teed us up for a rock 'em sock 'em game that's probably gonna be over real fast!

Off we go...
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Bonus for any card that also includes...

-the midget
-and neuroplasticity!
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Said in an earlier post Tiger was a victim of his knee. Wouldn't hold up in a major competition. Still believe that, especially at Augusta where the ground contours will cause one or two wayward shots when he's driving onto the front knee with the slope falling away from him. Tough, tough shot to stay with. That said, wow! Impressive stuff. And, while not a hater, could the coverage, please, be more balanced.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeefer
11AM PT on Golf Channel, then 1PM ET on CBS ... got it... so excited there's going to be some sort of space-time continuum tomorrow!
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
Well, I have raved about TW's play today, especially his wedgies, but I am not a fan, and I am not a hater. When he is in position to do something historic, I root for him, just like rooting for the Cubs, when that 20 SO game waxed my team, the Astros-- but I really wanted Sneds to win this but TW is just better. Period.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Meefer, did you see the shot from the rough on 18?
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
The Commerical Bank Qatar Masters had more players from the OWGR Top 20 that the Farmers Insurance Open.

Until Tiggly Wiggly wins another major, he is basically "The King of the Shoprite Classic"

Here are the levels of tournaments:

1. The Majors
2. The Players Championship
3. WGC Events
4. Fed Ex Playoff Events
5. Limited invite PGA Tour events (includes the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance)
6. General run-of-the mill PGA Tour events (includes the Farmers Insurance Open, The Arnold Palmer Invitation presented by Mastercard, and the AT&T National)
7. Weak field PGA Tour events - is The Wyndam Championship, The Sony Open etc.
8. Opposite field events - that coincide with a major or WCG.

So, since 2009, Tiggly Wiggly has been winning fifth-tier events. Whoopdie doo. Wake me up when he wins a Major. Or heck, even a Players would be a major upgrade to bagging middle-tier events were most of the top players are taking the week off.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
ADG, Bay Hill is an invitational exactly the same as Memorial. Why do you put then in different classes?
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Okay, I'm confused. My local Comcast schedule shows Golf Channel broadcasting the "final round" in San Diego from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pacific. Nothing on the CBS schedule says golf. Huh?
01.27.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
This 'tiger hater' term is interesting. I don't 'hate' tiger, I just think he's an arrogant, messed up person who is way too intense. For that reason, I don't enjoy watching him play golf. Furthermore, I think his impact on the game, in terms of junior development and the future of the game, is questionable. We want young kids swinging freely, like Rory, not the manufactured power swing that Tiger has.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
Winning, right on target.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEnigma
There is a clear difference in strength of field between the Arnold Invitation and the Memorial. Last year the Arnold Palmer didn't have McIlroy. Rose, Donald or Ooshuizen, but they all played the Memorial. A similar pattern is evident as one goes down the list of the top 20 or top 30 players in the world.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
"5. Limited invite PGA Tour events"

Are you referencing the invitationals there? What other tournaments would be in that category?

I do see that Memorial had 68 world ranking points last year and Bay Hill had 56....but over the years I think the fields have been quite comparable.
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Tiger is not back until he wins a major.
I can't remember who won the WGC's last year. In fact, I can hardly remember which tournaments they are. I can, however, identify a dominant performance when I see one. I did last night.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Winning in any of these ''categories'' is hard. Period. IF the ''MAjors are so much ''harder'', then why do we have so many one time ''major'' winners. Because a guy was hot that week, just like TW is hot this week.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I think TW will pass Jack and placed a substantial bet on that outcome, but it s a bet that I hope to lose. I am in the category of expecting that he wins, but hoping he finishes 5th.

His swing now looks more fluid, likely meaning that he is more comfortable with Foley's changes
Back? Back to what? You're asking for a lot! How many times have we heard this pronouncement from: see 1 thru 3 on DTF's list. There was a MC already this year. We've all watched a player that seemed invincible only to crash within a week to a day. The game is damn difficult, especially at this level. Give the guy room to maneuver. He won't be bashful about telling us when he thinks he's back. After all, it is a process. The Famers is nothing more than one building block in a house that won't be complete until he does precisely what c and c said.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
benseattle: PGA Tour site says 2:10 ET on Golf Channel and 4:00 ET on CBS. Players tee off at 2:10 ET.
It's way too early for this kind of talk. Remember, Tiger 'peaked' about two weeks too early for at least a couple of the Majors last year. At this point, I'm more worried that he's getting his best form at this pre-season event.

ADG - This looks better:

1. The Majors
10. Everything else (maybe Tiger's charity event(s) go at the top of this list)
01.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
disagree dsl, adg's looks more accurate to me.
When comparing the Memorial and AP Invitational, the field combined with the golf course do put Arnold's tourny behind the Memorial in my mind.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
Should Tiger wrap this up today, as I suspect he will. Surely this will be seen as a significant warning shot across the bow of not only this field but to those watching from home. As Sir Nick pointed out, the rhythm and tempo are back. The power is back. The wedges are back and his play around the green, including putting, are back. As anyone who plays golf knows, the confidence will soon follow and I suspect even better play.
Should be an interesting year. Rory, gettin a handle on that new equipment yet?
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterP-Dog
His rythym and tempo at Bay Hill, The Memorial, and the AT&T National were all spot on last year. He was using driver frequently and had success with it in these events.

Then, he starts using a chicken stick 2 iron from the tee in majors.

These typical early season flashes aren't worth much if he isn't at the jacket ceremony on Masters Sunday.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
I'm no longer a Tiger lover-but I am a respecter!I just think its good to see him playing well-he is great to watch when he's in full flow.
The game is more exciting when there are a couple or more great players competing against each other-something that has been missing a bit in the Tiger era.Woods and McIlroy going head to head should be good to watch-plus anyone else who wants to join the party.
I'm looking forward to it.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchico
We are on the 7th or 8th version of he is "Back"

He was "Back" on his return to the Masters after the scandal, playing very solid and finishing 4th.
He was "Back" when he threatened at the 2010 US Open, a glorious shot to 18 in the 3rd round, finishing 4th.
He was "Back" when he almost won the 2010 Chevron World challenge, being edged in a playoff by McDowell.
He was "Back" playing well at the 2011 Masters, finishing 4th.
He was "Back" after his 2011 Aussie tour - 3rd at the Aus Open, and putting well at the Pres cup (despite a losing record)
He was "Back" after his last round charge at the Honda last year.
He was "Back" when he won the Arnold Palmer event.
He was "Back" when he won the Memorial.
He was "Back" when he won his charity event the ATT National.
Now he is "Back" again after winning the Farmers Insurance Open.

No, he is not "Back" He is not "Back" until he wins a MAJOR.
On the other side we are on the 20th version of he'll never be back, last time heard last week
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
I understand that many people say Tiger isn't "back" until he wins a major and thats fair. To a point.

Here is the way I see it (Mind you I'm not a Tiger fan. I do respect his on course accomplishments) when if/he does win a major those that do not like him will say he won't be back until he wins 2 majors in a season. If he does that then there will be those that say he won't be back until he wins 3 majors in a season. If he does that there will be those that say he isn't back until he wins 4 majors in a row. Then if he would do that again the people that don't like him will still create some other impossible standard to hold him to so they can say he still isn't back.

Professional golf is at its best when it's biggest names are playing well and winning events. Majors or not.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
How about we just stop the back debate? There is no such thing. Everyone and everyone's golf game changes with time. Tiger is certainly capable of winning a major this yr, but that doesn't mean that he will win a major. He's had good years even in the past where he didn't pre-scandal (09 and 03). Why not appreciate what we have in the present?
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElf
Can anyone recall a Monday finish that starts so late in the day? Aren't the players usually back at the course first thing in the morning the next day to get it all wrapped up? Yesterday they started the 3rd round at 7am local time yet today they're waiting until 11am. Guess that's all about Tiger moving the needle again. And what happens to the approx 17 players that need to be in Phoenix for the Monday qualifying, are they just out of luck now?
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichie Rich
@Richie Rich.... Yes the 17 players for the Phoenix Open Monday qualifier are SOOL due CBS and the PGA Tour. Players should have been back on the course as early as they could based weather/course prep/etc.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
@owgr/richie really those guys were already screwed, I don't think any of them own a private jet. But also it'd be a little logically weird to schedule the final rd of a tournament around a qualifier. Plus there are only 3 spots in the qualifier.

This is better for fans, and the tour. I might have done it even later, to let kids come after school
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElf
This whole field strength thing kind of piqued my curiosity so I took a looksee...

...short version -- ADG's categories are pretty close.

UP front, all the data is from the OWGR website with which I know a bunch of you take issue, but it's the only comprehensive source I am aware of. The numbers cited here are the amount awarded to the winner, 2nd place gets about 60% of that, and they decrease fast from there. Now for a few facts:

- in 2012 there were 251 tournaments worldwide that awarded world ranking points.
- at the bottom are things like the Canadian Tour Championship with 6pts, Sun City Challenge offers 4pts.
- at the top are the 4 majors with 100pts.
- in the middle are things like Tour Championship with 20pts, Emirates Australian Open offers 32.
- 4 distinct bands naturally emerge at the top.
- 22 events worldwide offer 55 or more OWGR points to the winner.
- 16 of the 22 occur in the US.
- BMW sponsors a lot of golf tournaments!


100PTS -- Masters, US Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship.

80->70PTS -- Players 80, Doral 78, Firestone 76, Matchplay 76, Boston 74, Bethpage 74, Chicago/Crooked Stick 70.

69->60PTS -- Memorial 68, WGC/China 64, BMW PGA Champ. 64, Tour Champ. 62, Riviera 62.

59->55PTS -- Quail Hollow 58, Innisbrook 58, Dubai Champ. 58, Abu Dhabi 58, Bay Hill 56, BMW Masters 56

After that it drops off fast. A bunch of events clustered around 50 points (New Orleans, Colonial, Hilton Head etc...). Qatar and Torrey Pines were both at 48. Sea Island offered 26 and Disney 24.

Anomalies to me include:
- Masters must be getting a ton of *pomp and circumstance* points vs. Players.
- Dubai, Tour Championship and Abu Dhabi all look too high to me based on limited field size.
- the biggest upside surprises were Riviera and Innisbrook!

One thing I wonder about is if nothing changed at Bay Hill in 2012, except Rory entered, how many points would that event have offered? Gonna be interesting to see if Rory enters this year given Arnie's comments!
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
This will probably be misinterpreted, but I'll repeat my assertion: If Nick Watney were up by 6, this tournament would have ended some time ago (it's currently 1:02 pm EST) and everyone who needs to be there would be in or near Phoenix. Go Tiger!
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
You got that right KLG!

Where is this 17 number coming from relative to those that want to Monday qualify? Seems odd to me that 17 of the 87 who made the cut would be in that position.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
It's actually 16 players that were scheduled for the qualifier, that's from Geoff's GW Monday article (so it must be right!). And even besides those guys, you have think that the majority of players would have preferred to finish up first thing in the am and get going... Wonder if any of them are supposed to be in Dubai this week, that would sure be a longggg trip now.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichie Rich
"Tiger back" talk? Remember that in 2005-2007, a three-years span during which he won 21 tournaments including 5 majors, everyone was asking if he would ever get back to his 2000 level. And I think it's fairly safe to say that he never will. So please stop talking about him being back or not, just sit back and watch the show.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
@OWGR Fan - it sounds like your are driving the Colin Montgomerie Kool-aid.

If he wins a single Major, I will personally declare that he is back. Bottom line.

However, that does not mean he is back forever. I would give him about a two-year grace window. If he is majorless for two years after winning a major, then the comeback is officially over IMO and we will have to see if there is a Tiger v 3.0 with time waning. And, I don't care if he is winning non-majors. That is not what he is about.

I think one major ever two years is the minimum standard considering who we are talking about and the number/legacy that he has emphatically stated that he is trying to chase.
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
winning at any professional tournament is good for these guys...nit picking field strength makes no sense, discounting the level of play on the most competitive tour on the face of the planet is a mistake...

evidence of the level of play (rookies breaking scoring records at Sony), these guys are peaking for each event because of the moved up reshuffle after the west coast swing, if anything, rory/tiger are more rusty than new cardholders during this stretch to the reset, determining eligibility later in the year...
01.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUmp

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