April 06, 2011

Poulter: Tiger Woods Won't Win Masters: Golfer Ian Poulter predicted that Tiger Woods won't finish among the leaders at the Masters. "I don't think he'll finish in the top 5," Poulter said. "The shots he was hitting at Doral, they were very inconsistent," Poulter said. "You can't afford to hit shots like that on this golf course and get away with it. I don't think you want to rely on your short game that much around this place."

posted by rcade to golf at 12:11 PM - 11 comments

Not a real bold statement. Anyone who has payed any attention at all to Woods since his fall from grace knows his game is a complete mess right now. At the very least, until he figures out how to keep the ball in play off the tee, he's nothing more than a also-ran.

That being said, if something magically happened and he is in contention come Sunday, I doubt anyone would be amazed. I think everyone is still holding onto the idea Woods will eventually capture the magic again, even though his swing problems/changes/tinkering would seem to suggest differently.

posted by dyams at 12:05 PM on April 06

It used to be a bold statement to say anything negative about Tiger.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on April 06

Other surprise comments from Mr. Poulter:

The sun will rise in the east and set in the west. The winner of the tournament will be given a green jacket. Another person who won't win the tournament, Ian Poulter.

posted by Demophon at 03:10 PM on April 06

Am I alone in having found Tiger Woods' complete collapse in the wake of his "Where did Tiger put his penis?" revelations as grimly fascinating?

posted by Drood at 04:04 PM on April 06

I think Tiger is proof of Ken Venturi's statement: "After you get the basics down, it's all mental."

posted by graymatters at 06:11 PM on April 06

Tiger: 71 wins, 14 majors. Ian: 13 wins(1 on PGA Tour) 0 majors. If Tiger never played golf again he will still be the greatest player ever.

posted by TGH at 08:34 PM on April 06

Tiger: 71 wins, 14 majors. Ian: 13 wins(1 on PGA Tour) 0 majors. If Tiger never played golf again he will still be the greatest player ever.

Well, Jack Nicklaus has more wins (73) and more majors (18) than Tiger, so if Tiger never played golf again, I don't think too many people are going to believe he was the greatest player ever.

posted by grum@work at 10:12 PM on April 06

Jack Nicklaus: 73 wins, 18 majors. On edit, you beat me to it.

posted by graymatters at 10:13 PM on April 06

If Tiger never played golf again he will still be the greatest player ever.

Apart from the extremely subjective conclusion of that statement...So that means that Poulter is wrong? Does being one of the best ever mean that Tiger is going to win this year? Every year? Or should Poulter not be allowed to speak his mind? I've never won a golf tournament on any level, let alone the PGA; does that mean that I'm not allowed to have an opinion on who is playing well on the PGA tour? I guess what I'm trying to say is...what's the point of your comment?

posted by tahoemoj at 11:44 PM on April 06

Poulter may have said this while waiting at a bookie's window.

If there's 90 teeing off on Thursday, then taking the field against one golfer (Woods) is probably a safe bet.

posted by owlhouse at 02:58 AM on April 07

And the journalists wonder why Tiger says nothing interesting in his press conferences - it's hardly a surprise given how happily they jump up and down and create stories out of nothing when people do express their actual thoughts (Poulter's a good man for doing it, so is McIlroy, and frankly it makes both of them more interesting to hear from that Tiger with his faux confidence and his constant claims to be having a lot of fun).

That said, I obviously think Poulter's wrong as I have backed Tiger each way (top 6) at 12/1.

posted by JJ at 07:01 AM on April 07

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