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Donald Crawley - Golf Contributor
Boulders, AZ (Sports Network) - At one time he was heralded as the greatest golfer ever. Can he catch Jack Nicklaus major victory record? Is his body healed? Can he overcome his personal issues? The latest question posed to me in a TOP 100 GOLF Magazine poll, does he have chipping yips?

Here in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, playing in the Waste Management Open aka the Phoenix Open, for just the second time in his professional career, Woods failed to break 80. The missed cut was just the 13th time worldwide that he failed to qualify for the final 36 holes and the first time he has done so in back-to-back official tournaments. Woods, 39, also matched his career-high worst nine-hole score of 44. Man, after that beating he stepped up to the microphone facing the press and the world and took it right on the chin, with a big gracious smile.

His response? "We all have days like this," said Woods, who was in last place in the 132-player field when his round ended. "Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum, a public setting. We all have days like this. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is even on bad days like this, just keep fighting, because on the good days you've got to keep fighting, as well. I was caught right between patterns, just old pattern, new pattern," Woods said referring to swing changes he has been making with consultant Chris Como. "And I got it better, more committed to what I was doing on my back 9 and hit some better shots, but still got a lot of work to do. I'm going home to practice".

I've got to give him credit. Most of us take an emotional spiral down after our ?worst round ever'. But he always puts a positive spin on his performance. I admire that. I coach that to all my students and encourage them all the way. Tiger doesn't need a cheer leader, and his new golf consultant is not that. Chris Como is a smart guy just finishing up his advanced bio mechanical degree. He will set Tiger to task, and we know Tiger will work on it. There is no quit in him.

Tiger Wood Missed Cuts
1997 - Bell Canadian Open 146 (+6)
2005 - EDS Byron Nelson 141 (+1)
2005 - Funai Classic 141 (-3)
2006 - U.S. Open 152 (+12)
2009 - Open Championship 145 (+5)
2010 - Quail Hollow Champ. 153 (+9)
2011 - PGA Championship 150 (+10)
2012 - Wells Fargo Champ. 144 (E)
2012 - Greenbrier Classic 140 (E)
2013 - Abu Dhabi HSBC<< 147 (+3)
2014 - Quicken Loans National 149 (+7)
2014 - PGA Championship 148 (+6)
2015 - WM Phoenix Open 155 (+13

The yips? No, but he did look like a different guy from what we observed when he was winning his 14 majors. If you want to look at a model of yip fixer that is 57 year old Bernhard Langer Bernhard Langer is a German professional golfer. He is a two-time Masters champion and was one of the world's leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1986, he became the sport's first official number one ranked player. After turning 50, he established himself as one of the most successful players on the Champions Tour and has won four senior major championships: the 2010 Senior Open Championship, 2010 U.S. Senior Open, 2014 Constellation Senior Players Championship and the 2014 Senior Open Championship.

I would say he fixed his yips. If Tiger has the same determination as Bernhard has shown in his long career, Tiger might make it... I think he will come back. I think he will win. Right now it doesn't look like he will dominate the golf world again but never under estimate him. The power of the mind over rides what the body does or does not want to do. Throw in an intense competitive spirit, willing to 'keep fighting', immense natural talent, and you still have a recipe of a winner. But it does like a lot of the holes he will play next week at Torrey Pines, one of his favorite courses, 'long and uphill, with no ocean view'.

Much debate about his previous coaches and how he performed. He won majors with both Butch Harmon and Hank Haney. He didn't under Sean Foley, but that is not a slight on Foley as he has other students who have won, and are winning. Chris Como will be under the spotlight for a while, but not as much as Tiger until he wins and wins a big one. 2015 will prove interesting.

Oh and the current #1 in the world, Rory McIroy just posted 66, 64 in the first two rounds in Dubai. Maybe in a few years we will be talking about Rory catching Tiger's or Jack's record! Early exits for Tiger

Tiger Woods has missed the cut 12 times on the PGA Tour (13 worldwide) as he shot a career-worst 82 on Friday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.





Recently voted Top-10 in Best Teachers in State of Arizona by Golf Digest. Also, contributing Golf Writer and Director of Instruction for The Boulders Club Voted as a TOP 100 Teacher in Golf Magazine, and Director of Instruction at the Boulders Golf Academy, Carefree, AZ.

When Scottsdale beckons and golf awaits, a call to Donald Crawley at The Boulders is a must.

Donald Crawley, Director of Instruction at the Boulders Golf Academy at the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Ariz. Crawley, a veteran of 35 years of teaching experience, is the newest contributor to The Sports Network with regular features that range from tips on improving your game to etiquette at the course. He has established 40 golf school sites in the United States since 1980,previously as vice president and director of instruction at John Jacobs' Golf Schools.

Crawley is recognized among the "Top 100 Teachers in America" by Golf Magazine and one of the "Best Teachers in Arizona" by Golf Digest. As both a Class A U.S. PGA member and a British PGA member, Crawley has been recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities. In 2002 & 2005, he won the Southwest Section PGA's Teacher of the Year Award. He also received the Horton Smith Award for education in 2000. In addition to teaching over 60,000 students, Crawley has co-authored video instruction tapes with John Jacobs and BBC/ABC golf telecaster Peter Alliss.

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