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The Lesson Tee with Steve Anderson
April 1, 2009 - Steve Anderson
This past Sunday at Bay Hill Tiger Woods once again showed why he's the greatest golfer in the game. After nearly 9 months off from the game due to knee surgery Tiger began the final round 5 shots back. ON the final hole Tiger had a 16 foot birdie putt to win and wouldn't you know it, he made it. Throughout his career Tiger has always had the ability to make the important putt on the last hole to win. Most pros or amateurs would get too nervous and choke when under that much pressure but Tiger seems to thrive on it.
I recently read and article on Tiger in a leading golf magazine that had a stat on Tiger that is truly incredible. From 2002 until now, some 7 years of tournament golf, Tiger had 2700 putts in the 3 foot range and he only missed 9 of them. 9 ! That's incredible. I'm a golf pro and a pretty good putter and I would miss 1 out of 4 from 3 feet and be pretty happy about that. If I had his 2700 putts I would miss over 500 of them. Tiger missed 9, an average of about 1 missed 3 footer a year. Go out on your practice green and start putting 3 footers and see how many you can make. Add to that the pressure and slick tour greens and it makes his stat even more fantastic. Nicklaus was always the greatest pressure putter the game has ever seen (and my personal hero) but Tiger makes more big putts when under the gun. I can't for for the Master in a few weeks to see Tiger do it again.
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