Tiger Woods wins Arnold Palmer Invitational, is favored to win the Masters
Golf, Tiger Woods

Is Tiger 'back' already, or does he still have more to prove?

3/26/12 in Golf   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

After his first PGA tour win in two and a half years, Tiger Woods is already penciled in as the favorite to win the Masters next month.

Is it too soon, considering this was his first win since 2009?

It's tough to say for sure, but it definitely seems like it.

One British bookmaker has him at 4-1 odds to win at Augusta, right ahead of Rory McIlroy, who's sitting at 5-1.

If the Arnold Palmer Invitational is indicative of a return to form, then he should be the favorite at every single tournament he plays. The 'old' Tiger was favored every time he stepped on the course, and deservedly so.

However, there's a chance that this could just be a random win. You know... just like a lot of other guys.

If that's the case, then putting your money behind Tiger could be a huge mistake, especially since the payout is pretty mediocre.

Tiger has historically been dominant at Augusta National, and is already a 4-time Masters champion. But then again, there are a lot of things that Tiger USED to be, and he has been very different over the last two and a half years.

Personally, I'm hoping he's back. Golf is a little more entertaining when Tiger's out dominating the field, giving everyone someone to root for (or against, if you like).

When he's not at his best, it seems like a crapshoot. There are a lot of very good golfers out there, and anyone could win at any given time. At his best, Tiger's the greatest of all time.

Is he back for real? Or was this just his weekend to benefit from the crapshoot known as the PGA Tour without the 'old' Tiger?
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4/7/12   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Watching replay of the Masters play......

So far, Tiger seems to be struggling, and has thrown his club after hitting a shot into the bunker.  He got it out, but it went right across the green and almost into the water.  Had a terrible day today.  I'm sure he'll rebound and play a better round tomorrow, but at +2 as I watch, he has to be really frustrated.

3/29/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I have never said that he wasn't the best at one time.  I agree that we have seen him at top form - five or so years ago.   Why do you think they aired those commercials of all the other golfers getting depressed when he was due to return from surgery?  He WAS the best.  I just don't believe that he is still the best.  Is he improving? Sure.  Will he win more tournaments? Of course.  I have no doubts about that.  Is he the best right now? No.  He won a tournament he has won 7 times before.  He should have won, and was expected to win.  If he didn't win, that would have been the bigger story, IMO.

I have no desire to be an oddsmaker.  I'm quite happy where I am, just offering MY opinion, which obviously is very different from yours.

If you just think he owns Bay Hill thats fine cause he kinda does, but the fact that when he loses is a bigger story tells you al you need to know. He IS golf. When Tiger isn't in the field NOBODY CARES!!! He means everything to the PGA. OK, and in your opinion, who is the best? Also, since it says you are 91, being an oddsmaker now would prob be some kind of record...i say go for it!!!! (note: i don't believe you are 91!)

3/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

derms33 wrote:
He's not broke by any stretch and is the best golfer you will see in your lifetime.  For anyone to dominate the PGA like Tiger did for so many years is unheard of and will NEVER be duplicated.  The endorsements will come back and so will the wins.  His mental state was shaky and his achilles and knee weren't great and he was still competitive.  A "healthy" Tiger is unstoppable.  And I don't even like golf.  Not getting any younger?  Um, he's not even 40.  Do you think golfers just wash up at 40?  Oh wait, Rory McElroy won a couple tourneys, so he's better than Tiger?  Why, Dear God, would anyone believe that?  He's favored to WIN the Masters, you don't wonder why?  Maybe you should go to Vegas and be an oddsmaker...Tell them Tiger's washed up.  Sorry Jr Canuck but if you see a better golfer in your lifetime, get ahold of me before mine is over, cause it ain't happening

I have never said that he wasn't the best at one time.  I agree that we have seen him at top form - five or so years ago.   Why do you think they aired those commercials of all the other golfers getting depressed when he was due to return from surgery?  He WAS the best.  I just don't believe that he is still the best.  Is he improving? Sure.  Will he win more tournaments? Of course.  I have no doubts about that.  Is he the best right now? No.  He won a tournament he has won 7 times before.  He should have won, and was expected to win.  If he didn't win, that would have been the bigger story, IMO.

I have no desire to be an oddsmaker.  I'm quite happy where I am, just offering MY opinion, which obviously is very different from yours.

3/29/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Really?? Seriously you believe this? Because IF he were able to "roll any field any time" why on earth would he choose not to?  He lost MILLIONS of dollars in his divorce and millions more lost in endorsements.  No, he probably isn't hurting for money, but he is not getting any younger.  IF he were able to play the way he did 5 years ago, why, dear God, wouldn't he?  

He's not broke by any stretch and is the best golfer you will see in your lifetime.  For anyone to dominate the PGA like Tiger did for so many years is unheard of and will NEVER be duplicated.  The endorsements will come back and so will the wins.  His mental state was shaky and his achilles and knee weren't great and he was still competitive.  A "healthy" Tiger is unstoppable.  And I don't even like golf.  Not getting any younger?  Um, he's not even 40.  Do you think golfers just wash up at 40?  Oh wait, Rory McElroy won a couple tourneys, so he's better than Tiger?  Why, Dear God, would anyone believe that?  He's favored to WIN the Masters, you don't wonder why?  Maybe you should go to Vegas and be an oddsmaker...Tell them Tiger's washed up.  Sorry Jr Canuck but if you see a better golfer in your lifetime, get ahold of me before mine is over, cause it ain't happening

3/29/12   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

derms33 wrote:
Prove?  I don't think so.  He has absolutely nOTHING to prove.  Just that he can roll any field at any time.  The PGA is his, when he feels like it.  Please

Really?? Seriously you believe this? Because IF he were able to "roll any field any time" why on earth would he choose not to?  He lost MILLIONS of dollars in his divorce and millions more lost in endorsements.  No, he probably isn't hurting for money, but he is not getting any younger.  IF he were able to play the way he did 5 years ago, why, dear God, wouldn't he?  

3/29/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

(Edited by derms33)

Prove?  I don't think so.  He has absolutely nOTHING to prove.  Just that he can roll any field at any time.  The PGA is his, when he feels like it.  Please

3/29/12   |   MarCelly   |   2684 respect

Debi_L wrote:
No, he isn't "back".  This win was in a tournament he has won seven times.  He has been entered in other tournaments recently and was not able to triumph.  This is one win.  The Masters is coming up and although many are touting him as the champion, I am not confident he will be the winner, at all.  Time will tell.

I totally agree.

3/28/12   |   MarCelly   |   2684 respect

He's not back, still has allot more to prove.

3/27/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

(Edited by derms33)

He never "left", he just put some stuff, like his swing, on vacation.  When he was out "playin" he was untouchable...all I know is a Denny's got hit hard last week before the tourney

3/26/12   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

No, he isn't "back".  This win was in a tournament he has won seven times.  He has been entered in other tournaments recently and was not able to triumph.  This is one win.  The Masters is coming up and although many are touting him as the champion, I am not confident he will be the winner, at all.  Time will tell.