What If Tiger Could Find a Fairway?

by Jeff Skinner

Tiger Woods is off to a dominating start in 2013 with three wins in five PGA Tour starts.  Woods is once again atop the world rankings and has regained that swagger and confidence he had lost while struggling to find his game.

Woods lead the Tour in a number of critical scoring statistics and his game has peaked just at the right time for his charge at another Masters title.  Woods is first on Tour in Strokes Gained Putting, Eagles, Scoring Average,  FedExCup Points, Money and of course Victories.Tiger Woods 2013 API driver

But what makes Woods’ productive season so amazing is that he ranks a lowly 142nd in Driving Accuracy and only 75th in Greens in Regulation.  So in short, Tiger can’t find a fairway, only hits two thirds of the greens but gets it in the hole better than anyone else.

I can’t imagine what will happen if he can get his driver under control and start hitting more greens.  Oh yes I can…does the year 2000 ring a bell?   In 2000 when Tiger played a different game than everyone else on tour and he won nine tournaments, including three majors he ranked 54th in Driving Accuracy and first in Greens in Regulation. (And first in just about every other category.)

The bottom line is that Woods’ game is back to a level he feels can win majors with.  And with that game came his attitude.

Check out Doug Ferguson’s breakdown of Tigers 77 PGA Tour wins.  It’s an interesting analysis of Tigers’ career and once again proves that Ferguson is one of the hardest working writers in sports.


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