Monday, 19 July 2010

Woods' Decline Has Put The Tiger Amongst The Pigeons

Gone are the days where Tiger Woods would dominate every golf course he stepped on. Making golf a far more competitive affair.

Ever since Woods' infamous scandal ridden personal life was revealed he has not been the same player.

Woods took a five month 'hiatus' from golf after the outbreak of the stories and growing media speculation about his personal life. Such a long period of time out of the game obviously meant Woods would face some problems when he returned, but he still seems to be struggling.

At St Andrews he finished joint 8th and has failed to make the cut for several tournaments since his return. The reasons for his poor form are complex, it will be a mixture of mental strength including confidence and keeping his personal life separate from golf and being able to focus on both individually. On the other hand he may still be getting to full fitness, both physically and mentally.

Woods has openly criticised his putting and has also started to use a new putter for the first time in 11 years. This small difference has led to Tiger Woods finding himself in 'the pack' of many tournaments, instead of leading it which he was so used in previous years.

With Wood's decline, a door has opened for other golfers to step up and make a name for themselves. The obvious example of this is the St Andrews Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, but it also great news for British golfers.

With five British golfers in the top 10 of the men's world ranking it is an exciting time for British golf, and fingers crossed we will see some of them getting their hands on some silverware in future tournaments.

Now that the Woods 'monopoly' has fallen, the world of golf is now unpredictable and has been given a breath of fresh air with potential twists in every round.

The big question in my mind is how long will this current situation last? Before we know it Woods could find his form again and be at the top of the leader boards, or someone who has been in Woods' shadow could start to dominate the golfing world.

Whatever happens I am going to enjoy this period of highly competitive and highly unpredictable golf for as long as it lasts.