The worse news, at least for his competition, is that he's swinging his driver the best of his career, in his own opinion. And he's hitting it longer than a Pauley Shore movie. At Firestone last week, the tour's ShotLink stats show that Woods blasted 41 of 54 tee shots more than 300 yards. Granted, almost half of the driving holes are downhill -- the steep 16th, for instance, yielded a dizzying batch of 400-yard plus drives. Also, Woods didn't use driver on probably nine of the holes. He averaged 317.2 yards off the tee on all of the holes. Take those non-driver tee shots out of the equation and you've got a scary number -- I don't have a calculator handy but trust me, it's huge. He smashed 24 drives in excess of 330, 14 more than 350 and seven beyond 370.Meanwhile Ron Sirak joins the chorus saying that Tiger's return to Orlando on PGA Sunday was a monumental blunder and rather un-Tiger-like. Jim Nantz and Lanny Wadkins also discussed the issue during Sunday's World Championship telecast, with Nantz summing it up as "bizarre."
St. Andrews may be the home of golf, but Carnoustie is the home of Australian and American professional golf. HERBERT WARREN WIND