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Garrity: Well, we never know because he won't say. He tells us two years later, then lectures us for being obtuse and not recognizing what was going on at the time.
Shipnuck: The PGA will tell the tale. If Tiger wins, all will be forgotten. If he goes 0-for-the-majors, that hasn't happened since '04, a year after going to Hank Haney. If Tiger gets blanked, all of a sudden he has to look for some new answers. Tiger measures success by majors. Not only has he not won one, he's also mostly looked lost.
Garrity: I don't buy the idea that Haney is to blame and Tiger should send Hank packing. Tiger is a control freak. Hank doesn't tell him how to swing a golf club. He uses Hank as his eyes and ears to provide feedback. I don't see Haney as a Svengali taking Tiger down the wrong path. Tiger is in control, and he goes where he wants to go.
Anonymous Pro: I don't know who's to blame, but it's Tiger's swing that's the problem. If you're the No. 1 player in the world, how can it be such a struggle to get the ball in play week in and week out? His win at Memorial isn't surprising because those fairways are as wide as football fields. Congressional had room too, and he wasn't required to hit driver a lot. Narrow it up, throw in some hay, like at Turnberry, and he can't get it in play. He can't even go to his cut shot—it's turning into a double cross. The driver is a total lottery for him right now.
Shipnuck: It's been more than a full calendar year since Tiger's knee surgery. It's not an excuse anymore. He wouldn't use it as an excuse, and neither should we. He simply hasn't executed.
Hack: Tiger has been tinkering with the driver. He's gone to more loft and a shorter shaft. He's trying to make it more like a two-wood. But at the top of his swing he doesn't seem to know where the ball is going.
Anonymous Pro: When was the last time you saw Tiger with three or four drivers on the range, like he's had a few times this year? I would hope he'd realize that the swing changes he's made are not producing a result that's consistent enough for the majors. His swing is flatter and more shut. It might be on plane better, but it's not as efficient as it used to be. Now there's so much more pressure on his short game that his putting hasn't been as good. It's all because of his tee game. When there's more heat on you, you're not going to make as many putts—I don't care who you are. His whole game is starting to sag.
Bamberger: Anyone else think Tiger is more stressed out based on his outbursts of profanity?
Shipnuck: His ratio of profanities to bad shots is the same as always. He's simply hitting more bad shots. I do think Tiger felt a new emotion this year—embarrassment. Like that opening tee shot at Augusta when he was paired with Phil and hit it 50 yards left. It was the same thing with his first swing at the U.S. Open, blowing it off the course.
Bamberger: The changes I've seen in Tiger this year have been away from the course. He's better in press conferences; he's more engaging with his playing partners; he's more endearing.