Prior to Phoenix, the last time we saw Tiger Woods in action was in Isleworth at The Hero World Challenge where the statisticians clocked up a total of five duffs and a blade from greenside locations over 36 holes.

Unfortunately the ugly trend continued during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open when Woods bladed his way through the green inexplicably on the ninth hole.  The shot wasn't exactly routine, but still bread and butter to a player of Woods calibre. 

I hope I'm wrong but my suspicion that Tiger has the chipping yips is growing.  I know what it's like to feel that anxiety that turns the arms and fingers into rigid rods for that millisecond; it's terrible.  Woods current action of fearing the duff and over correcting resulting in the odd skulled chip is a classic symptom of chipping yips.

One would have thought that Woods would have practiced this aspect of his game more than any other since his last appearance, which makes it re-emergence yesterday even more worrying.

Luckily Tiger is one of the best players ever. If there is a way to be found to cure this, he can find it.

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