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Major Problem For Tiger

June 20, 2013

I got a question for you. What word would you use to describe Tiger Woods career if he does not win another major tournament? What word would you utilize if his major win total stays at 14? If he stays four short of Jack Nicklaus’ record?

Is he still the best of all time since he has won more tournaments then Nicklaus? Is he a great champion? Disappointment? A tragedy? What word would you use?

I have said in these pages that I think he will win majors again and surpass Nicklaus. I am sticking with my prediction but my before-mentioned question is a fair one since it has been five years now since Tiger won a major.

Tiger Woods

We all know what has happened since Woods last won a major. The sex scandals which led to a divorce, multiple surgeries, a new caddie, and a new girlfriend who is also the best in her sport. What is puzzling is that he is still winning tournaments. Did you know he has won 13 regular tour events during those past five years? These numbers tell me that there could be a nerve issue when the majors arrive. Check this stat out. Since he last won a major, Tiger has won eight tournaments in his last start before a major. This tells us that he enters majors playing good golf. And he has started out well in several starts in majors. But his weekend rounds have been his downfall. And that was the case this past weekend at the US Open where he was in contention until fading on Saturday and Sunday. I looked it up. He has not had a weekend round in the 60s since the 2011 Masters.

Back to your chosen word. To win 14 majors in only 13 years, then to never win another? If that is his legacy, I feel he will be remembered as one of the greatest of all time instead of the greatest. Let me add some words. One of the greatest who ruined his career with his own weakness. Immortal, but immoral.

Panthers Talk

The Carolina Panthers have not been in the news much during the offseason. They quietly completed their nine-week offseason program last week and head coach Ron Rivera spoke of being confident that there has been steady improvement made.

If Rivera is accurate with his assessment, there should be reason for optimism. Remember, this is the same team that finished the season on a positive note by winning numerous games down the stretch to finish with a 7-9 record. There were many who thought the strong finish saved Rivera his job. We will find out early on in September if the Panthers will continue to build on the momentum that began last December.

Rivera spoke of being pleased with his team’s effort during the recently completed mini camp. He also mentioned an improved attitude.

Most of the media reports coming out of camp were that the defense will be improved. If so, that puts the ball in Cam Newton’s hands more often and that should lead to more points. Carolina’s defense just could not get off the field last season, especially in the fourth quarter. This led to the Panthers losing several close games. Reverse a few of the late losses last year and Carolina would have contended for a playoff berth.

Panthers’ Ted Ginn

Speaking of Newton, Rivera spoke of how his quarterback keeps improving while also mentioning the additional weapons the offense has in new receivers, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon.

Ginn and Hixon were just a few of the new arrivals added to the roster by first year general manager David Gettleman.

Gettleman also brought some free agent talent to the defense. Defenders like defensive backs Drayton Florence and D.J Moore will make an immediate impact on a secondary that was lit up last season. Linebacker Chase Blackburn is also expected to play a vital role in 2013.

Gettleman spoke of feeling good about the free agent signings while also mentioning that the team added some talent to the defensive line from the draft.

Both Rivera and Gettleman spoke confidently that the Panthers will be much-improved this fall. We have heard that talk before in recent years. One difference I have noticed this year is that it is quiet optimism this time versus the boisterous optimism that has been displayed in past years. Boisterous optimism that wanes quickly after slow starts.

Williams Yet To Punish Hairston

We finally heard something from Tar Heel basketball coach Roy Williams about the recent transgressions and arrest of P.J. Hairston. He spoke very briefly about Hairston’s June 5th arrest and subsequent drug charges that included a handgun that was found near Hairston’s car.

Williams said he was not rushing to judgment on what to do with Hairston in regard to punishment with the basketball team. Williams said he has “some ideas” of what he might do, but until Hairston’s case is settled through the justice system, he’s sitting tight and waiting it out. He also spoke of being grateful that he has time to let law enforcement do its thing since school, and basketball, don’t start for a few more months.

In other words, the cloud around Hairston and the program will exist all summer long.

Tebow Is Back

Just when it looked like Tim Tebow would be out of the NFL, the New England Patriots chose to add him to its roster. The Pats signed him as a third string quarterback. Want to know something ironic about the signing?

Tebow’s contract with the Patriots is a two-year deal for $1.36 million. There’s no signing bonus and no guaranteed money. But the New York Jets will still be paying over a million dollars for Tebow even though he is no longer on their roster. Now he is in the same division.


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