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Woods struggling to regain form, Ogilvy says (carefully)

Bloomberg News' Michael Buteau catches up with Geoff Ogilvy at a
development project in South Carolina and the 2006 U.S. Open champ has
an insightful take on the post-knee-surgery Tiger Woods
.“I think, whether he has admitted it or not, he’s probably
not quite as right as he wants to be,” Ogilvy said at a news
conference in Six Mile, South Carolina, where he attended the
opening of the International Institute of Golf at the Cliffs.
One
of the smartest guys on Tour, Ogilvy knows it doesn't pay to criticize
the thin-skinned Woods, and he was quick to add that Woods will be "all
right."“Whatever Tiger does is right,” said Ogilvy, who will
also play at Quail Hollow. “It would be hard to find anything
critical about the way Tiger goes about it.”
The
subject of Woods' struggles -- and only with Woods would a first place at
Bay Hill followed by T6 at the Masters be considered "struggling "-- came
up in The U.K. Telegraph's excellent roundtable discussion in South Korea
last week with Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els and Fred Couples. Ernie Els: I played with Tiger in the final round at Doral this year,
and you could see the shape of his shots has changed a little bit - he now
has this big draw.

Graeme McDowell: He is hooking the ball quite a lot.

Els: Tiger's short game is unbelievable. He chipped in once when I
played with him and he made a bunch of putts, although afterwards I heard
him say that he had not made enough putts! He shot 68 – it was the easiest
68 you have ever seen in your life. So it's all there, and after the injury
I think what he did at Augusta was quite unbelievable. I remember when I
came back from injury in 2006 and I finished 27th, but Tiger almost had a
chance to win the Masters this year. He is not too far away, but he is still
thinking about the knee a little bit, and he will keep thinking about the
knee for another five or six months. Even so, I expect him to be competitive
in the next couple of majors.
Fred Couples: If Tiger was sitting here right now he would tell
you he was playing pretty mediocre, but when Tiger is playing mediocre he
can still hit the ball around and play, and as Ernie says, there's always
his short game.

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