LA JOLLA, Calif. — When Tiger Woods was still an amateur, he and his father Earl would conduct clinics for juniors in which Woods would hit flop shots over Earl's head from only a few feet away.
These clinics came to mind watching Woods in the Farmers Insurance Open pro-am on Wednesday and in Phoenix last week. Today, given Woods' short-game problems, who would voluntarily fill Earl's role in such an exercise? Indeed, if Woods, say, is to the right of a green in round one today, facing a chip or a pitch, is it safe to stand directly opposite him on the left side of the green?
Yes, probably. But the caveat, "probably," indicates where Woods' game inexplicably is, and why Golf Channel's Michael Breed Tweeted this:
Today is one of the biggest and most important days in @TigerWoods golf career. All of us are curious to see what happens
— Michael Breed (@MichaelBreed) February 5, 2015
Last week, Woods shot 73-82 at the TPC Scottdale, on a course he hadn't seen since 2001. Torrey Pines is a place at which he's won nine times, eight as a professional, including the U.S. Open.