124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Should Tiger forget the driver this week?

May 05, 2009

Johnny Miller says no. ""He should hit a lot of stinger 3-woods and long irons to give himself the best chance to win. Forget the driver," Miller said in a conference call with NBC's broadcast team for the Players Championship.

Here's Tiger's response from a news conference on Tuesday: "We've got par-5s out here. You've got to be able to use it. I don't normally hit driver on 2. Sometimes it depends on wind. You've got to hit driver on 9 and got to hit driver on 11. And it depends on the wind what you do on 16. So if Johnny says you can't hit drivers on 9 and 11, you're giving up two opportunities to get close to the green."

Woods has been struggling with his driver and was working with different shaft lengths Tuesday morning, he said.

UPDATE: Colleague E. Michael Johnson of Golf World notes that three of the last four winners of the Players Championship led the field in driving accuracy for the week. This would tend to support Miller's position, that accuracy trumps distance on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

-- John Strege