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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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Spotted: Dustin Johnson with new Fujikura Ventus prototype at the Masters, RBC Heritage

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Beyond the obvious big news of some guy named Mr. Woods winning his fifth green jacket this past weekend, there were some pretty interesting developments with another player that runs on a first name basis or at least initials: DJ switched drivers MID tournament and had a new Fujikura Ventus prototype shaft to go along with his new TaylorMade M6 as he took on Augusta National Saturday and Sunday.

We don’t have all the details yet, but from what we have heard so far this new Prototype Black Ventus is an even lower launching version of the blue Ventus currently available. If history is correct, and we are looking at a line extension, then the colors tell a lot of the story. The Atmos line features both a blue and black version with a final higher-launching red version to round out the series in what Fuji calls their color-coded launch system to make fitting and product recognition just that much easier.

Photos of the “black” prototype via Fujikura.

It’s not unusual for shaft companies like Fujikura to bring out prototype profiles utilizing technologies from their newest lines to try and get them into the bags of more players. Fuji’s newest technology is VeloCore, and we have already seen it adopted at a high rate. Here is some more info from Fujikura to explain the technology

“VeloCore is a multi-material core comprised of ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber (about 150% stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. VeloCore Technology promotes consistent center-face impact and provides ultimate stability, tightening dispersion and increasing control. The result is a shaft that maximizes the MOI (moment of inertia) and ball speed of your clubhead through the reduction of twist during the swing and at impact, especially on off-center hits.”

This makes sense, considering any contact made beyond an absolutely perfect (almost impossible from a physics standpoint) strike in line with the COG of a driver head traveling at 120 mph will result in twisting at impact — MOI is maximized in driver heads to increase stability along with spin with Ventus and VelocCore, Fujikura thanks to their Enzo system, is better understanding how that relationship works with the shaft to produce new and better products.

Anyway, since we know DJ deviated from his traditional Fujikura Speeder Evolution II Tour Spec driver shaft for his weekend rounds this past weekend, we can expect to see it again this week at the RBC Heritage this week at Hilton Head, and we’ll have our eyes peeled to see where else this shaft pops up on tour.

Johnson teeing off during Wednesday’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am.

 

 

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No. 12 at Augusta National: The Golden Bell tolls for Koepka, Molinari

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On Sunday, Tiger Woods accomplished what many thought he could never do by winning another major championship, the 2019 Masters. In collecting his fifth green jacket, Tiger added a new luster to what was already a brilliant legacy. Woods overcame unusual start times, difficult conditions and a generation of young golf warriors that he helped to create. And like every champion before him, Woods had to contend with holes 11 through 13 on Sunday, the beautiful beast nicknamed Amen Corner by the great golf writer Herbert Warren Wind.

Of the three holes, it seems that 12 is the one that has drowned more hopes and dreams in the creek that winds through the terrible trio than either of the other two. Arnold Palmer made six on Sunday in 1959 on the way to losing to Art Wall by two. Tom Weiskopf made a mind-boggling 13 in 1980. Greg Norman had a double bogey during his Sunday collapse in 1986. And there’s Jordan Speith’s quadruple bogey in 2016, which some think he has still not recovered from. Through the generations, the hole named Golden Bell has sounded a death knell for many a would-be champion.

This week, I had the opportunity to walk the back nine at Augusta National with Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Jones is an acclaimed golf course designer in his own right but he is also the son of the legendary Robert Trent Jones, the man who designed the second nine at Augusta National as we know it today and therefore shaped history and the outcome of so many Sundays for so many players.

As we walked along the holes Jones described the changes both dramatic and subtle that his father had made in 1948 to shape the second nine, and I came to a greater understanding of why the stretch is so special. The second nine was deliberately crafted as the ultimate offer of risk/reward. It was designed to create heroes and tragic figures of epic proportions. As we got to the tee box at number 12, Mr. Jones’ well-known face (as well as the microphone I was holding in front of it) caused a crowd together around us as he described what his father had done with the most famous par three in golf.

Jones pointed out how the wide, narrow green on the 12th follows the path of Rae’s Creek which runs in front of it.

“It appears that the creek and the green are running almost perpendicular to the tee box at 12, but the right side of the green is actually significantly further away from the golfer than the left side. This is critical when it comes to playing the Sunday hole location on the right side of the green. Because of the way the hole is framed by water and bunkers, the golfer is deceived into either selecting the wrong club or taking a half swing, which often leads to a shot into the water.”

Jones’s words proved prophetic, as Brooks Koepka and Francisco Molinari made watery double bogeys that doomed their championship hopes. Woods, on the other hand, made par on 12, providing the spark that eventually led to his victory. How did Woods negotiate the 12th?

Again, RTJII shared his crystal ball. “Jack Nicklaus played the 12th better than anyone because he always played to the middle of the green,” noted Jones. “Jack felt that whether the pin was on the right or the left, a shot over the front bunker to the center of the green would take a big number out of play and maybe leave an opportunity for a birdie.”

Sure enough, on Sunday while pretenders to the throne went pin seeking with either the wrong club or ill-advised half swings, Woods channeled his inner Nicklaus, hitting a full-swing 9-iron with conviction to the middle of the green and safely two-putting. It was at once humble and heroic. It was the thing that heroes and champions do: survive demons in order to slay dragons. The moment his tee shot on 12 landed safely was the moment that I, and many others, knew in our hearts that Tiger Woods was, in fact, going to win again at Augusta. It is a singular accomplishment, made possible by his combination of wisdom and nerve at number 12 on Sunday. Amen, indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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