This week, Charlie checks in from Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ in Murrells Inlet, and The Big Cat’s on his mind. Hear his thoughts on Tiger Woods tying Sam Snead for all-time PGA TOUR victories this past weekend in Japan at the Zozo Championship, and where Charlie thinks Tiger’s accomplishments could end up before all is said and done.
Charlie Rymer coming to you from beautiful Murrells Inlet, South Carolina this morning! Yes, I’m outside of one of my favorite lunch places. This is Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ. This is a deal right here. They got some hickory going in there right now. How about that unit up on the back of that truck? This is my kind of place, ladies and gentlemen!
I’ll tell you what, not much went on in the world of professional golf over the weekend – except a guy named Tiger Woods who went to Japan. And what did Tiger do? He won his 82nd PGA TOUR event, tying Sam Snead for the all-time record. Absolutely phenomenal from Tiger, who has been hurt and been dealing with some injury coming off of surgery. Man, he looked a little bit rough early in the weekend, the skins game they played over there in Japan, but he got it together for the weekend. By far the best ball striking and the most birdies of anyone in the field, erasing all doubt of whether he should choose himself to be on the Presidents Cup or not. And he’s now the sixth-ranked player in the world.
No question about it, he is by far the highest-ranked player in the world available for the Presidents Cup who’s not already on that team. So really good news I think for the Presidents Cup, because that’s going to generate a lot of interest.
Here’s the thing. I really like when I see in Tiger right now. He’s not bulked up. I think late in his career, carrying that extra muscle around that he likes to carry around, I think that’s going to be tough on those knees. And he doesn’t need the speed because if you look at his game, the very best part of his game throughout his entire career has been his iron play.
Here’s a number for you, 60 percent. If Tiger can take some speed off of that driver, hit a lot of 3-woods and hit 60 percent of the fairways with his iron play and what he can still do on the greens, watch out. It’s not going to be a surprise to me if Tiger ends up sniffing Mr. Nicklaus’s record in the majors category, as long as he can stay healthy.
(And) he might have a chance of knocking down 90 events in his career. I know it’s a big statement, but from what I’m seeing right now, if he can stay healthy, look out!