- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2009


“Chuck was a great leader. I only wish I could have played for him outside of the Dream Team.” - Michael Jordan on Chuck Daly, who died Saturday at 78

TAKE YOUR PICK: Is Tiger Woods in a slump?

Yes — Other players are certainly taking heart because the greatest closer in golf history is struggling down the stretch. He bogeyed the 71st and 72nd holes at Augusta National to short-circuit his charge at the Masters. He played 54 holes of pedestrian golf at the Quail Hollow Championship after opening with a Thursday-best 65. And at TPC at Sawgrass this past weekend, he entered the final round tied with eventual winner Henrik Stenson, only to post his worst round of the week (73), failing to capitalize on Alex Cejka’s collapse.

No — In five stroke-play starts since his return from reconstructive knee surgery, Woods has one victory (Arnold Palmer Championship) and four other top-10 finishes, and he leads the tour in scoring average (69.13). That’s a career season for better than half the players on tour, and we’re still six weeks short of summer.

Our take — Consider us squarely in the “no” camp. Sure, Woods isn’t finishing at his once almost-infallible clip… yet. Perhaps we should have predicted as much because his mental focus seems to have developed as much or more rust than his physical skills during his recovery period. But that he can hit the ball short (by his standards) and crooked while putting like a mere mortal and still string together top-10s is a testament to how much better he is than the rest of the world. Once he regains his “pop” and putts start to drop, he will be better than ever because he no longer will have to combat his body. Our bet is that nobody is tossing around words like “slump” by the time Tiger puts the finishing touches on another exquisite season at the Tour Championship. We’re still predicting at least five wins and one major.


These high school basketball players have until May 20 to sign letters of intent:

Player, position Rivals.com rank Comment

John Wall, PG 1 Recent charges cloud picture

Lance Stephenson, G 11 Kansas, St. John’s or Europe

Latavious Williams, F 17 Visits Georgetown this weekend

Roscoe Davis, F113 West Virginia looks like a lock

Deshawn Painter, C 127 N.C. State leads Maryland

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