By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Are we in a new era of golf? Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee certainly thinks so.
“It’s another era, and the old Tiger I think is gone,” Chamblee said Thursday during a teleconference with the media in advance of next week’s Presidents Cup. “What he creates from this point forward will be very interesting, but it won’t be anything like the old Tiger.”
Johnny Miller, meanwhile, wasn’t as quick to dismiss a comeback by Woods.
“One thing, he will have a second career, just like I did,” Miller said. “Talent always comes back.”
That seemed to be the case at least in the opening round of the Australian Open, where Woods shot a bogey-free 68 and was in contention in the second round.
Still, Miller knows Woods’ road back to the top of golf won’t be easy after all he’s endured the last two years off the course and on it.
“He just ran into personally, off the course, about as many problems as any guy could have, and then I think he really lost the love of going out in public and playing in front of the public a little bit because there was so much pressure on him,” Miller said. “He had the perfect storm of all the things that can go wrong and get you off your game – whether it be change-of-swing technique – just everything you could have go wrong pretty much went wrong.
“Even now being a captain's pick there's pressure on him. So I think it's really important what he does that first day.”
Woods does have history on his side. In six previous trips to The Presidents Cup he’s compiled an 18-11-1 mark, including going 5-0 in 2009.