Golf News Roundup: Earthquake, Ice Storm At Augusta; Westwood Leaves Foley; Tiger; UM

Snow and ice storms have hit Augusta, destroying the famous Eisenhower tree. As if that wasn’t enough, Augusta also suffered an earthquake that measured 4.1 on the Richter Scale.

Clearly, someone has angered the Golf Gods.

Lee Westwood says that he had ended his relationship with Sean Foley, who is better known as the guy who is trying to rebuild Tiger’s swing. Westwood had initially found success with Foley, but has not won since the 2012 Nordea Masters and now is ranked 33rd in the World.

What does Westwood think he knows that Tiger doesn’t? If Tiger doesn’t win a Major this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him drop Foley as well. Of course, that would be as much as admitting that Brandel Chamblee was right.

Jimmy Walker’s working with Butch Harmon these days. Just sayin’.

Paidraig Harrington says that the move to the v-grooves adversely affected his game. The USGA mandated change came in 2010, and perhaps not coincidentally, that also was the year of Harrington’s last win. This makes me wonder about another player who’s had a bit of a drought: Tiger. Yes, I fully realize that Tiger won five times on Tour last year, but he’s had no Major wins since 2008. Is it possible that he relied on square grooves to cope with Major Championship conditions? If Tiger can’t stick it close to the pin from the rough like he used to, then there’s lots more pressure on the putting game. That necessitates a change in how he uses the driver, since there now is more premium on hitting fairways, and less on pure distance. I’ll also note that his five wins last year came on courses that he absolutely owns, accounting for more than half his career victories.

The University of Michigan won the Big 10 Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Florida. Those guys should feel blessed to have as their home track one of College’s great courses.

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