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David Feherty “not sure Tiger will come back”

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Another golf media luminary is asked to weigh in on the battered Tiger Woods’ return to competition, and another golf media luminary obliges. And because headlines featuring the keywords “Tiger Woods” outperform all others, you’ve got a story.

Except in this case, the luminary in question, David Feherty, is arguably golf’s most interesting, candid, and insightful (and funny). So we’ll listen.

Feherty, speaking in Dublin at GolfNow’s “Golf for Life” event (are you surprised it isn’t “fore”?), was asked about the former world No. 1. And while headlines in the golf media sphere proclaim that Feherty has doubts about Woods return, the analyst’s reasoning behind those doubts is well worth noting.

“I am not sure that Tiger will come back because it is a nerve in his back,” Feherty said. “It’s not muscular or skeletal. It’s not something you can deal with in a physical way.”

Regarding how Woods looks, Feherty offered:

“He is in phenomenal shape – just ripped as usual. But he is not able to make a full pass at it. I saw him a few weeks ago in Houston and he hadn’t played in five months and he hit some good shots and some awful skanky looking things.

“I think he has a feeling that if he doesn’t make it back this time, he might be done from a physical standpoint…But he is too stubborn and too good and too physically gifted to be able to just give it up. He loves it too much.”

Woods most recently addressed the subject of his return to competitive golf at an event at Congressional Country Club on May 16, saying:

“I have been practicing at home, and I’m progressing nicely. I’m hoping to play. That’s the overriding question I keep hearing: When are you coming back, when are you playing? I get it all the time. If I knew, I’d tell, you, because it’d be fun to know.”

The 40-year-old golfer hasn’t teed it up since the Wyndham Championship last August. And on an unrelated note, at the same GolfNow event, Feherty also said,

“It’s hard for me to commentate on Rory in the U.S. without a massive boner because I love the kid and want him to do well.”

So there’s that, too.

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  1. ooffa

    May 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Feherty may not be sure, but I am. Tiger is not coming back. His abuse of steroids has ruined his body. He should try to get a weekend game at the local muni, that’s all the competition he has left to pursue.

    • william elliott

      Jun 18, 2016 at 3:11 am

      He didn’t use steroids. I had a build similar to Tiger without steroids. Diet, exercise and legal supplements like creatine are all you need to have a physique like that. 6′ 1″ 185lb is not a steroid body.

  2. Double Mocha Man

    May 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I’m still holding out for watching Tiger on the Champion’s Tour…

    • Officer Smizzle

      May 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      What’s the loft on tiger’s putter?

  3. Adam

    May 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I wonder how uncomfortable Rory is with that last quote. I personally thought it was awesome.

  4. Johny Thunder

    May 25, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    to Jim Jacob’s comment from Facebook; I don’t see a *single* thing Feherty said here about Tiger that was humorous or trying to be humorous. He’s giving his honest opinion and not cracking wise about Tiger’s health problems. Sounds like you don’t like Feherty, so you make up your mind about anything he says without actually listening. The only thing in that article he says jokingly is the Rory comment, and I think you’d find that’s straight from the heart (if a little exaggerated).

  5. Park Ave

    May 25, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I really think Woods could benefit from Dr. Sarno. I really think its a subconscious mental problem. I cannot believe how a $7 book got rid of my chronic back pain in a matter of weeks.

    • mlecuni

      May 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      +1

      So many case at work, were people on stress for years have back pain. What they often don’t know is that it’s related to your internal energy and meridians.

      • Jay

        May 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm

        Back pain in the general public is completely different than a professional athlete who has been swinging a golf club nearly every day of his life. Tiger had a rather aggressive/violent swing for many years which is likely the cause of his back issues. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s not his “meridians”.

        • Johnny

          May 26, 2016 at 1:24 am

          Tiger’s back pain is more likely from his insane military training with the Seals (including Halo jumps) or his obsessive work outs, than meridians or his golf swing.

  6. Avery

    May 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I do think there is some permanent damage to Tiger’s back that is a given, but I would never rule him out. I know he has struggled, and when I say struggled trust me I have seen it all. But it is just hard for me to believe that he won’t ever come back. I think he will win a couple of tournaments in the next couple of years. I could be wrong, its just so hard for me to give up on the guy that I looked up to so much growing up. I just hope that he has one more run in him.

  7. Jack Nash

    May 25, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    After watching Tiger walk up to last weeks Presser for his Quicken loans Tourney I knew he didn’t look good then. I’ve had a ton of back problems over the years and watching him walk up that incline towards the camera area I said to myself, there’s a guy who doesn’t look physically well. Then after that he went and rinsed some balls on the short par 3 you could tell all things aren’t as smooth as his camp would want us to believe. Too bad. I’m worried more about his long term health than coming back to play golf.

  8. cgasucks

    May 25, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    What ever happened to Feherty’s nose?!!? It is more pointed and narrow compared to 20 years ago. Can anyone please enlighten me?

    • Pt

      May 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      He quit drinking, so the “drinker’s droop” is gone. And of course Hollywood’s make-up and touch up doesn’t hurt either lol

      • cgasucks

        May 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        Drinking can actually change the shape of one’s nose?!!?!?

        • Sc

          May 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

          Just do a search for “drinker’s nose” and look at the images

  9. Feherty's Large Mouth bASS

    May 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    When was the last time Feherty was right about anything?

  10. steve

    May 25, 2016 at 11:17 am

    It’s obvious that this is most likely not going away

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

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The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

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Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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