Charles Barkley -- Hall of Fame basketball player, Dream Teamer, friend of Tiger, and noted golf victim -- told Golf Channel's Morning Drive that he believes the days of Tiger dominating golf are over. Reid Cherner at USA Today was watching:
"He's back," Barkley said on the Golf Channel's Morning Drive.
"He's won three times. Nobody else has won three times." But he thinks the competition will make it too difficult for Woods to return to his former glory.
"...he's not going to dominate majors like he did in the past," he said. "These young players are so good now and anybody can on any given week can win out there. I think he will win some more majors. I'm hoping for him. I root for him. I'm a big Tiger Woods fan. No disrespect to Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, but this new generation, they're like Tiger Woods clones."
Couples, who plays in this week’s Senior Open, said: “You’d be an idiot to say that what happened to him wasn’t something he regretted but I don’t talk to him about that. I talk to him about golf. I tell him how great he’s playing and how much fun it is to see him winning again.
“And when he wasn’t playing well I was telling him, ‘Your swing looks terrible. When is it going to improve?’
“So there’s a lot of teasing and a lot of building him up and that’s my relationship with him. “Now in the Ryder Cup, he’s one of our best players again and there’s no reason to worry.
“Anyone would choose Tiger Woods but I feel with my friendship with him, he’s an easy guy to handle and be around.
“When we get to Chicago I’ll get to take care of three or four guys and it will be a lot of fun. It won’t be too serious, golf is golf.”
"I've tried to spend these last five days being introspective and trying to figure out what's going on. I think I've identified a couple things. One of the biggest areas, Charlie, is that mentally I haven't been focusing as fine as I need to."
"I've been a little lethargic these past two months."
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Coming off a T-60 at the Open Championship -- his fourth straight major finish outside the top 25 -- he has one final major start to turn things around, but as fellow countryman Graeme McDowell noted during a recent visit on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, his recent struggles may have something to do with the amount of time he's spending in-between starts traveling to watch Wozniacki in tournaments, instead of working on his game.Tweet of the Day
"There's no doubt, all the travelling is wearing him down a little bit and we are seeing a little bit of fatigue," McDowell said on the Golf Channel yesterday as he co-hosted the Morning Drive show. "But he's a fit kid and he's a young kid and he has all the talent in the world. It is only a matter of time [before he comes back]."
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