Who says competitors can’t help one another out? I can guarantee that Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker don’t follow that philosophy. El Tigre is reaching out to his good buddy once again for help with the short stick. As you might recall, the last time Woods went to Stricker’s School of Putting he ended up winning the WGC – Cadillac Championship. In the event, Stricker finished in second place – just two shots behind his star pupil.
During a practice round at Oak Hill for this week’s PGA Championship, Stricker was all too happy give Woods some assistance with the putter again. “He trusts me enough where he wants me to look at his setup a lot,” Stricker said. “It’s very basic stuff all the time; his shoulder alignment has been a little left.” I can’t blame Tiger for seeking out Stricker’s assistance again – you can’t argue with the results from the last time.
The one thing I find puzzling, however, is the fact that Woods is coming off of a win at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational – and event in which he putted the ball magnificently. Woods only required 22 putts throughout the entirety of his second round. Leave it to Tiger to keep tinkering with things even when they’re working sublimely.
He has struggled with the putter in recent majors though, failing to crack the top 20 in total putting in any of the three previous major championships this season. That leads me to believe that some of the turmoil Woods has experience on the greens in majors is more mental than physical.
If Stricker’s advice leads to another second place finish behind Woods this week, I have a feeling the free putting lessons are going to end rather quickly.