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Steve Elkington on Tiger Woods: ‘He doesn’t have it in the eyes anymore’

On the eve of his TV Show, ‘Secret Golf with Steve Elkington”, making its CBS Sports Network debut, the pro golfer shared his thoughts on Tiger Wood’s game on The Jim Rome Show. Elkington says the world’s former most dominate golfer doesn’t have the fire or game he use too.

“He doesn’t have it in the eyes anymore; it’s not in the eyes,” Elkington said of Tiger Woods. “His swing action, mate, is too top heavy, he just doesn’t have the zip in it anymore. I’m not even sure if Cat plays good that five or six other guys can’t beat him anyways. Including (Jordan) Spieth, including Rory (McIlroy), Jason Day, all these guys, I just don’t see it, it’s not there.”

The 1995 PGA Championship winner is rooting for Woods to find the form that led to 14 major titles, but tends to think those days are behind the former No. 1 ranked player.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing the big double pump, fist pump one more time. But I’m afraid we will be sitting there, where were not going to get the big double anymore,” said Elkington. “He can’t drive the ball any good, Jim, he pitched the ball better at Augusta, he’s not hitting it stiff like he use too. From inside looking out, there’s no one out there that thinks the big cat is a big threat to do anything. Because they know he can hit it off line at any point.”

However, the Tour veteran had high praise for the sports newest star, 21-year old Jordan Spieth.

“He wrote an article the other day that shocked me so much,” Elkington said of Spieth. “He wrote he doesn’t even know how much money he’s won since he’s turned pro. You talk about passion, that guy has his eye on the silver not the gold, mate. He’s going for the trophy. If you don’t know how much cash you got, all you’re thinking about is winning the trophy.”

As for Spieth’s wire-to-wire Masters win last month, Elkington puts the performance in rarified air.

“For a kid to lead from start to finish, and not relinquish the lead, the pressure I cannot tell you how much pressure that is,” said Elkington. “21, I’d reckon I’d have to put that up there with him, exactly the same as Tiger, when he won in 97 when he won by 12.”

  • Steve Elkington
  • May 8th 2015

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