The only number you need to know about Tiger Woods' golf swing right now is three. That is the total number of fans that fell victim to Tiger's errant tee shots on Sunday at the Memorial, where he posted a final round 72 to finish tied for 19th.
Jeramy May, Alan Flood and Jimmy Craig were all introduced to the Nike golf ball Tiger was playing in the rudest way possible, and if there are people that can explain how bad Woods is swinging it, it should be those three.
In four tournaments this season, Tiger has hit just 54.4 percent of his fairways, good for 163rd on tour. Maybe more telling is how short Tiger is hitting it on average (just 281 yards per poke), meaning that Woods is swinging far too many fairway woods and irons because, as a guy that tends to miss fairways can tell you, the driver scares him.
It would be one thing if the misses were going the same way, but that isn't the case. Tiger drilled May and Flood with hooks left, but pushed his tee shot on 15 when he smoked Craig in the thumb.
I believe that 2010 has shown us something that we probably already knew but didn't totally understand because of how often Tiger hit the ball superbly; Woods is as good a scrambler as golf has ever seen, save Seve. His ability to post some of the scores he does with where he positions himself is incredible, but it won't hold up in these tougher tournaments with talented fields.
Watching him scramble to a 71 when he misses all the fairways is fun and all, but it isn't going to win golf tournaments, especially major championships. To compete at a place like Pebble Beach, Tiger is going to need to be confident with his driver as much, if not more, than with the putter (which came around this week, interestingly enough).
This week was a step in the right direction, results-wise, for Tiger, but he still won't be winning with his current golf swing. Can someone get Butch Harmon's cell phone number and drop it outside of Tiger's house, please?