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Saturday
Nov252017

Faxon: Tiger Playing Happy, Pain-Free And Long Off The Tee

In an exclusive to Golfweek, Brad Faxon says he did needle President Trump about the lack of a Twitter name-drop regarding their planned Trump Jupiter four-ball.

More importantly, Faxon offers several details from the round regarding Tiger's game and his impressions of playing with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Tiger looked great to me. He was happy and, more than anything, he’s finally pain-free. The issues he had with the back the last couple of comebacks seem to be gone. He looked effortless, he looked free, he had some power. 

I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.

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Sure hope Tiger plays within himself and does NOT try and channel the twenty something powerhouse he once was. Please try to make them beat you from 200 in.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
"I'm just so happy that he's happy..."

Put the pom-poms away, Brad.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSun Mountain Man
No. 1 Story in Golf History: Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam


Woods’ Re-dominance would easily trump the Slam
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRomal
We'll see in a few days.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
Brad had to go through his own drama. Makes sense he would notice a "happier" Tiger
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterP Thomas
Waiting for the orange a-hole to tweet he out drove all of them
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob S
While dramatic, Tiger's comeback from back injuries and a self-inflicted personal crisis, wouldn't top Hogan's recovery from a car accident which should have killed him and which doctors predicted would cripple him for life.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Waiting for the 68 on GHIN
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGate74
Notah, Jesper, Rickie, and now possibly Brad Faron.

I understand their excitement, but maybe they should just all wait until Tiger plays a few consecutive tournaments.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
Tiger's back and going to be better than ever? Fifth time's the charm!
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Agree, 3foot1. In the case of Hogan, surgical methods weren't as advanced as today. A miracle in itself.

Tiger may be pain-free but I guarantee viewers won't be after the incessant superlatives if he returns with a remote semblance of his former game. And he won't have to bag a win to get them. He didn't forget how to win but the level of heat in the kitchen has changed. Has there ever been a Ryder Cup assistant that became a Captain's pick? I'll bet the PGA are making tentative plans with Furyk already.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Happy? Maybe. Pain-free? Doubtful. Hitting it past Dustin half the time with driver? Definitely not. I call B.S. on this.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAl B. Tross
D,

Ray Floyd was a captain's pick in 1991 and 1993 after being the captain of the 1989 team. Sergio made the team 3 times on points after being an assistant captain in 2010.
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTremendous Slouch
Al B. - While I'm not sure 100% sure if Tiger at his height outdrives DJ half the time or not, why would Brad Faxon make this up?
"That morning, Trump tweeted that he was going to be playing with Johnson and Woods. I kind of busted his chops and said, ‘Hey, where’s the love? I thought you were going to tweet my name too!’ He laughed, and I told him I was trying to get up to 70,000 followers on Twitter. Trump immediately replied, ‘I have 158 million.’"

If we're charitable and include the @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS accounts, he has 64.6 million. Make of this what you will...
11.26.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
A great get, Slouch. Thank you! You have more energy than I do to did that up.
11.27.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
No cut tournament means that we'll have four days to see for ourselves how he's doing. Unless of course he walks off the course if he's not playing well.
11.27.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Call on Hogan is well deseved. Ben had to take a hot bth (which creates blood flow, which decreases pain) and spend 2 hours getting ready to play, wrapping his legs, in what I assume is what we call Ace bandages, before every round, and then had a post round bath, and ll he took was one aspirin before he played!!!! Sheesh-.

Jones was good, but Hogan was way better- Hogan essentially won the Grand Slam in 1953, as he could not have been at the Open and the PGA timewise an impossible feat. He won the Open in his only attempt, often cited as one of the best championships in history.

To me, IMHO, the talk of Jack in 1986 at the Masters is good, but Hogan in 1953, playing on shattered legs, with an eye that could not always immediately focus, thus the slow stared on the greens, waiting for the line to come into focus, towers over Tiger in '97, Jack in '86, and Jones in '29 or so. Ben Hogan and Sam Sneed were the BEST two ever, and had Hogan not been in the head on, he probably would have ran the tables, at least until Arnie came along. ~~dig~~
11.27.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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