Analyst: Woods aging rapidly

Wonders if Tiger's knee can take 4 rounds at TPC

May 12, 2011

The longer Tiger Woods' winless run goes, the louder the naysayers' chorus gets.

Last week it was Bubba Watson, who suggested Woods is "going the wrong way" and has become "so mental right now with his swing."

That produced a terse response from Woods, calling Watson's comments "interesting" and saying they would have to have a talk.

As it turned out, that was a mere appetizer for a Wednesday blast from Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, who suggested Woods' bum knee may not be ready for four rounds at The Players Championship — and that he's aging right before everyone's eyes.

"It's kind of sad," Chamblee said. "Maybe right before our eyes, we'll watch Tiger Woods play where he's literally shuffling off the course.

"It's really sad to watch what's going on with Tiger Woods on the range — this phenomenal athlete with perhaps the best swing of all time is now an old man out there trying to rehearse moves that don't come naturally to him."

A hairy turn: Lucas Glover still has his beard. And it's becoming a social network sensation.

"My beard has a Facebook page," the hirsute former U.S. Open champion deadpanned. "And I don't, so it's not me."

As of midafternoon Wednesday, "Lucas Glover's beard" had attracted 35 posts and 339 likes. Not bad for an account started before his victorious final round at last weekend's Wells Fargo Championship.

Glover grew the beard last fall "out of laziness," then kept it going when friends liked it. Throw a robe and sandals on him, and Glover could land a bit part in a Biblical epic.

"My best friend just texted me," Glover said. "He's a dentist, but he said he's in talks about Hair Club for Men and wondering if the beard was interested."

Tap-ins: At TPC Sawgrass, the flag of The Players Championship's titleholder traditionally graces its Circle of Champions. It flies the Spanish flag this week, though — a request defending champ Tim Clark made to honor the late Seve Ballesteros. … Among the items Ernie Els put on Hall of Fame display is a notebook kept by his wife, Leizl, that charts every shot Els and his playing partners have taken at majors. "Some of them, there are a lot of dots," he quipped.

— Jeff Shain

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