(Jeff Palopoli) With Tiger’s nose-dive this past week at the WGC, how much of this do you think has to do with his parting ways with Hank Haney and/or not being associated with a swing coach right now? Or is it simply just as he says, “not practicing enough, because of spending time with his kids”?
Stefan: I think very little of Tiger’s problems is because of his split with Hank. His head’s just not into it, on the range or on the course. Nobilo put it best the other day when he said Tiger’s mind is in “Hyperspace”. Tiger’s more than able to put his swing together from a technical point of view, but his concentration is off. I’ve backed him as much as anyone this year, but this week’s performance was abysmal. Even the worst player in almost any field any week is able to break par at least once in four tries, and Tiger wasn’t even close.
From a technical point of view, he has to lose that head-dip on the down swing. There may have been a time he could compensate against it and be successful in spite of it, but those days have gone.
“About eight weeks ago, about five days before the US Open I woke up and had some intense pain in some areas of my body, some joints and tendons and so forth. I couldn’t walk. I ended up going and seeing a doctor and I ended up going back to the Mayo Clinic right after the British Open to get a second opinion.”
“I have this thing called psoriatic arthritis where your immune system attacks your joints and tendons and so forth. It is very treatable and the medicine I’ve been taking has been very helpful.”
“Everything is fine now. I have been starting treatment and things have been great.”
“Long term there shouldn’t be any issues.”
Apparently Phil has been battling a form of arthritis which made him barely able to get out of bed.
This is quite a surprise. I’m glad to hear this condition is treatable and Phil is doing okay.
I’ve known Luke Swilor for many years now. We’ve had some epic matches, most of which he has come out on top. But I hang my hat on the one where I had a great day and he had a bad day and I kicked his butt.
Anyway, a hearty congratulations to Luke and wife on the birth of their new son Zac.
Zac will be taking my money on the golf course soon.
I finally got around to having a real designer make up a new logo for HOG. Yes, it took five years but I finally have one. Introducing my new skull friend, “HOG.” I have two versions. In version one HOG’s skull is a golf ball. In version two, HOG has a golf flag sticking out of his skull. I can’t help but laugh at that one.
Of course, a site redesign to accommodate HOG and the new color scheme is warranted. Not sure when I’ll get around to it, but sometime in the next five years…
In honor of this week’s PGA Championship and John Daly’s 1991 PGA Championship victory, here’s a shot by yours truly of John Daly’s pants.