Originally posted by FL9er:
This is a stupid question, but does anyone think he was taking PEDs in his prime?
Well at least you made yourself clear...
2000- 10 wins/ 20 starts 3 majors with a 5th place finish in the only major he didn't win the Masters. (includes the most dominant performance in a Major ever at 2000 U.S. Open)
2001- 5 wins/19 starts including completion of the Grand Slam in a calendar year with a Masters victory...also includes a 5 tournament stretch where he shot a combined 76 under par..4 wins and 3rd place finish
2002- 5 wins/18 starts including 2 majors (Masters repeat and Bethpage) and a runner up at the PGA..however in 20 starts he placed in the Top 10 - 15 times and Top 5- 13 times.
(1st in 2000, 39th in 2001, 11th in 2002)
: 295 average for all 3 years
(1st in 2000, 5th in 2001, 1st in 2002)
(1st all 3 years obviously)
Broken down into the 2 best stretches of his career
2005- 6 wins/21 starts (Masters chip-in, British Open) runner up at the US Open and Top 5 at the PGA, 13 Top 10 finishes
2006- Holy f**k.....8 wins/15 starts (British, PGA, Top 5 at the Masters) included a 7 tournament win streak one of the greatest stretches in Professional golf
2007- 7 wins/16 starts (PGA Championship)
-( 2005 86th, 2006 28th, 2007 45th)
- 307 average all 3 years
-( 2005 6th, 1st 2006, 1st 2007)
- (1st all 3 years obviously)
: While he gained 12 yards off the tee over this a span of 8 seasons here's some food for thought
1. His stats in 2000 were absurd under the coaching of Butch Harmon which emphasized iron play
and hitting the fairway since he couldn't find the fairway to save his life when he was younger. so he hit many more irons off the tee since the technology of the Driver hadn't caught up the bladed irons yet.
2. Around 2004 he revamped hs swing and focused on power and hitting more woods off the tee while finding the fairway under Hank Haney so obviously his distance would increase off the tee. The exception being the 2006 British in which he hit iron off the tee all tournament long making the field look stupid.
3. He actually started hitting the gym hard under Hank Haney once he realized he couldn't swing wild/whippy off the tee like did in 2000 so of course he got stronger..His knee problems arose from his younger swing which locked up the knee while dipping through the swing for power.
Anyways thats all the effort I'm putting in this for now but to me the answer for his result in these segements was leading the Tour in GIR and putting which is something he hasn't done lately = No majors
[ Edited by sincalfaithful on Jun 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM ]