Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Tiger Woods vs. Tom Lehman. No surprise here.

So Tiger, even while hitting the ball a bit wayward (58% in driving accuracy), the new graphic shaft in the driver is blasting it long distances (303 yards on average, though that's inflated by the tournament in Hawaii).
Still, when Tiger got in the hunt, did anyone expect him to falter? Tom Lehman has been one of the best players on the PGA Tour since late summer last year -- shot a great round at the Canadian Open, for example, and tied for ninth in Hawaii just two weeks ago. But I didn't expect Lehman to make it past Tiger, just like he didn't put away all those U.S. Opens he should have clinched. Lehman never appeared to me to have the killer instinct to put his opponents away. Tiger has that ability.
So, Tiger looked solid in Hawaii, though a little off when it came to putting, and wins in San Diego. Augusta - when pro golf really starts - is only a couple of months away. Anyone betting against Tiger? He's got Vijay in his sights and that could make this an interesting season.

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