Monday, June 08, 2009

Any more questions for Tiger?

A letter arrived last week asking a simple question:

"Tiger Who?"

It wasn't signed by an individual but by a golf course. The golf business being as tough as it is these days, I'll spare the place the embarrassment of naming it.

Any more questions?

If so, they'll probably be answered late next week when the U.S. Open unfolds at Bethpage Black on Long Island.

In shooting 65 to win The Memorial on Sunday with his own blend of golf pyrotechnics, Woods reminded us that he's going to be just fine. If you don't believe having ACL surgery requires an extended recovery period, you've never had the pleasure of having your knee rebuilt.

With Tiger, everything is magnified.

He's now won two of his seven starts this year and in six stroke-play events, hasn't finished lower than eighth. And we've been wondering what's wrong.

At The Memorial, he looked like Tiger again. The swing kinks that were evident at Quail Hollow and The Players Championship had vanished and he was as solid as an anvil.

When Tiger hits 49 of 56 fairways -- and all 14 fairways on Sunday -- only Merlin the Magician is going to beat him unless he putts blind-folded.

After his victory, Woods gently chided the media for overreacting to his flat final rounds at Quail Hollow and The Players. Ditto suggestions that swing coach and friend Hank Haney would be dismissed.

Tiger said he still in the process of getting back to where he was and The Memorial was a huge step.

Jim Furyk may have said it best after Sunday's finish when he told the media, "(I)
wsh you'd just quit chapping him so much and make him come back and keep proving stuff.

"Tiger Woods is always Tiger Woods. He can't be 100% every week, but I'm sure he answered a lot of questions today."

Yes, he did.