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Steve Williams: Tiger Woods & I Will Stay Together

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods & I Will Stay Together

Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 08:58:11 in Sports

“I agree with most of your points. However, there wasn't a cut at Firestone so he was guaranteed 4 rounds. I believe given his past performances at the Firestone course compared to this year, makes it his worst effort in his career. It looked like he gave up mentally after the 2nd round.”

emncaity on Aug 20, 2010 at 03:18:18

“...apart from the fact that he really is a throwback in terms of mental toughness--the only guy out there today among any of the under-40s, IMHO, with the kind of killer instinct you'd see in the top 10 or 15 players, at least, in any other era (think of guys like Mangrum, Floyd, Irwin, Trevino, etc.)--he does tend to like soft conditions, and he certainly had them at Akron. Not to mention his pretty incredible history there, knowing every green and every yardage to the inch, etc. So yeah, you might be right about it being possibly his worst ever, if you take all factors together.”

emncaity on Aug 20, 2010 at 03:13:37

“One of the only real thin spots in his record--well, maybe THE only one--is that I'm still trying to think of a single time he won a tournament, particularly a single major, where there was a lot of wind and the course was playing fast. Under conditions where his errors are magnified, it's tough for him, because he's not one of those who's comfortable with the fairways-and-greens control game if it means he has to find a way to throttle back. (That one British Open a few years ago was an exception re fast conditions, but the wind didn't blow.) Some of that is just being a SoCal player; they've had reputations for decades as being good when the weather's perfect and the wind is minimal, but they have trouble with big conditions. And it's true that given how many people live there, how many good courses are there, and how much junior competition there is and has been for 50 years or more, it's pretty amazing how few really great players came from there--none of the greatest players in any era, in fact. (I'm from there originally, and I can tell you it was a bit of adjustment as a teenager playing tournaments in Texas wind.) Nicklaus from Ohio; Palmer from PA; Watson from KC; Hogan and Nelson from Texas; Snead from West Virginia; on and on. Paradise climates do not make for tough players. Anyway...”

emncaity on Aug 20, 2010 at 03:13:28

“You might have a point--and if you're right about the no-cut at Firestone, I guess I wasn't paying enough attention. Thanks for the correction, really. I think it was a minor point anyway, since it's not like he's missed all that many cuts in his career anyway--so yeah, it was a really bad effort by his standards, especially as soft as the course was playing (normally a really good thing for him).”