There was a lot of talk about Jack Fleck coming from nowhere.
Even though Simpson is a known commodity and him winning a major was inevitable, he was never in the discussion until his charge in the middle of the round and even then, he wasn’t leading.
I was impressed with his game during his previous victories and how can you be anything but impressed now?
I predicted Tiger would have some swing reversion, but I didn’t know it would be this bad.
I was at a restaurant called The Yardhouse and they had a Golf Channel feed along side the NBC feed that showed only Tiger’s group. That golf swing was awful. I was too quick in coming off my “Tiger’s swing is still bad,” high horse. That was weak sauce. On Thursday and Friday it was under control, but as the announcers continued to say, his wedge game was not very good. That should have showed me I was too quick to jump on the bandwagon.
I don’t much care for him as a person, but I would be disingenuous if I turned a blind eye to how his popularity and success make golf bigger and that makes things better for me. Hypothetically, if he won this week and I helped Frank to win in the next month or two and he took down Tiger at the PGA…my book and DVD deal arrive the next day.
Wishful thinking on my part, but by no means out of the question. I want what’s good for golf…and for better or worse, Tiger playing well is good for golf.
Someone emailed me and asked me if Simpson came to me to be his swing guy, what would I tell him.
I would have video from all of his victories. Then I would ask him what misses cause him to play bad and get some videos of those swings. Do a comparison, find what he does differently and say…
“You see that?…That’s bad! Don’t do that.”
…and that’s how you teach a great player.