It’s tough to watch Tiger – Harmon


Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Watching Tiger Woods now is akin to seeing Roger Federer unable to hit the ball over the net at Wimbledon, according to the 14-time major winner’s former coach Butch Harmon.

Woods recorded his highest score ever in the US Open on Thursday, carding an opening round of 80 which contained eight bogeys, one triple bogey and a solitary birdie.

The 39-year-old had recorded just one round in the 80s as a professional before this year, but has now had three in the space of six events following an 82 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a career-worst 85 in the Memorial Tournament.

“It’s tough to watch,” said Sky Sports analyst Harmon, who coached Woods to eight of his major titles.

“We were trying to think what we could compare it to and my son Claude had the best analogy. It’s like going to Wimbledon and watching Roger Federer not be able to hit the ball over the net.

“It’s kind of sad to be honest with you. I am not sure any of us has the answer. He looks like a lost soul out there. We hope he would go home and take some time off and don’t come back until you are 100 per cent ready to play.

” He is not playing a lot of tournaments and the ones he turns up to play are the biggest ones that present the biggest challenge. If you are not ready it’s going to find you out.”

Woods said on Tuesday he had made another “baseline shift” in his swing with consultant Chris Como and was prepared to endure ” short-term suffering for long-term gain.”

And there was plenty of suffering in his opening round at Chambers Bay, where he missed the 105-yard wide 13th fairway and topped a three-wood into a bunker on the 18th.

“H is game is in disarray and there is a sadness to it because we know how great he has been,” former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley added on Sky Sports 4.

Speaking after his round, Woods insisted he was convinced he was on the right track, adding: ”Yeah, I am, I am. I know when I do it right, it’s so easy. It just feels easy to control, easy to do it, easy to hit all my shots. I just need to do it more often and build from there.”

However, he admitted he was still suffering the effects of the back surgery which kept him out of the Masters for the first time in his career last year.

”I didn’t play much last year and I haven’t played much this year,” Woods said. ” Knee surgeries are pretty easy compared to a back surgery, the recovery time. And for some reason, it’s just a lot harder dealing with a nerve than a joint.”

Published: Friday 19th June 2015 by The News Editor

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