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TIU OUTTAKES: Missed Cuts Happen

Tiger Woods missed the cut today (yes, I’m publishing this before he’s done) at the Quail Hollow Championship. He played utterly atrocious, and deserves to be going back home.

But before people say Tiger’s done, consider this. Coming into this week Tiger missed 5 cuts in 240 career starts. Looking at the current consecutive cut streak statistic on the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson leads with 19, followed by players at 13, 12, 11, 9, 8 and then 7. And scrolling down the screen, most are between 1-5. Making cuts time after time after time is not something that is normal on the PGA Tour. What Tiger has done over the course of his career has been rare.

I’m not trying to defend Tiger. I’ll defend anyone on the topic of cuts. As for Tiger, his game seemed completely off this week. He failed to drive it in the fairway, and then packed it in down the stretch. Can he win next week at The Players? Yes, but he’ll need to play extremely well on another demanding golf course.

I’d look for Tiger to look more like Tiger at the Memorial in June.

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PGA TOUR: Use Shot Tracker

Tiger playing in the first regular event of the PGA Tour season gives me a chance to remind you that you should check out PGA Tour Shot Tracker.

Like its predecessor, Tourcast, Shot Tracker uses Shotlink data to give you the exact distance of shots and putts, and giving you very precise stats. It’s a must use for golf fans, letting you see every shot of every hole of your favorite player.

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Terry Gannon, most recently of ESPN and ABC has been added by Golf Channel as a PGA Tour and LPGA Tour play-by-play man. This now, by my count, gives the Golf Channel 4 main P-B-P voices for American golf broadcasts: Kelly Tilghman, Rich Lerner, Brian Hammonds, and Gannon. It’s a good hire for GC.

Speaking of the Golf Channel, Rex Hoggard reported that there was a Mandatory Players Meeting the other day at the Quail Hollow Championship, which spoke about slow play, microphoning players, the second cut (also known as MDF), and Tim Finchem’s pay.

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Tiger makes his first regular PGA Tour event appearance since the scandal at the Quail Hollow Championship. He’ll be paired up with Stewart Cink and Angel Cabrera, a favorable pairing for both in what could be a rowdy scene.

The regular public could buy tickets, which could make for some heckling and other unfortunate events. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Tiger met the media today. You can read the transcript here.

By the way, I think there will be some instances, but Tiger will work right through them, play fairly well, but have another T-4 or T-5 finish this week. Watch out for Fred Couples, he could win this week easily.

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Here we go:

A: Tiger Woods (Backup: Phil Mickelson)
B: Jim Fuyrk (Backup: Alex Prugh)
B: Fred Couples (Backup: Camilo Villegas)
C: Matt Kuchar (Backup: Jason Bohn)

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It’s the Quail Hollow Championship this week on the PGA Tour, one of the most prestigious and beloved events on Tour. Tiger’s back, Phil’s back, and 9 of the top 15 have descended on Charlotte.

Now I’m very confused on TV Times for the Golf Channel, so I’m going to probably edit this post. Their website has it as 3-6pm ET Thursday and Friday, but the PGA Tour website has it at 2-6pm ET Thursday and Friday.

I do know that CBS’ TV Times are Saturday-Sunday, 3-6pm ET.

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I should have made this post much earlier in this blog’s lifetime but if you ever want to read interview or press conference transcripts I have an excellent website for you:

ASAPSports.com

They have rights with almost every major sport, plus golf, tennis, NASCAR and more. It’s easy to read, and as the name states, they try to get the transcripts up as soon as possible.

Use them!

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