Temper the expectations

Tom Yantz

Hartford Courant

It would be easy to say yes after that fabulous flop shot trickled into the 16th cup for birdie that shook the landscape of Ohio.

Woods isn't focused on dominating, though. Of course, he'd love to. But his objective is to win.

There were encouraging signs at the Memorial, such has leading the field in greens in regulation (53 of 72) and hitting 13 of 14 fairways Sunday. He also displayed great shot-making flair under pressure.

But putting has been suspect before. He needs more consistency there. And he would agree.

Let's temper the temptation to declare Woods is all the way back and will be a dominator again. Let's see how he fares at Olympic Club in the U.S. Open.


Putter still a demon

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

We've already seen this movie, haven't we?

Woods bettered par every day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. He was back, we all believed. And then he stepped to the first tee at the Masters and drove it so far left, you would have thought he was starring in a sequel to "Sideways."

He never contended. So I'm not buying it this time. Yes, he played beautifully at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament on a course that could host a U.S. Open.

Caddie Joe LaCava said: "Not that he putted bad, but if he would have made anything he would have won by six shots."

You cannot win a U.S. Open without owning the greens. Tiger still has some demons with a putter in his hands.


Will never be as dominant

Mark Wogenrich