By John Garrity, Contributing Writer, Sports Illustrated
Published: April 09, 2010
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger is back, he’s high on the second-round leader board at the Masters, and it looks like he’s swinging great. I repeat, it looks like he’s swinging great.
I pull out the iPhone. Tap “Favorites.” Tap “John Novosel.”
He answers on the first ring. “Hey, what’s happening?”
He sounds far off. Leawood, Kansas., if I had to guess.
“Tell me about Tiger,” I reply. “How’s he swinging?”
“Well, his approach on the eighth yesterday, he had 244 to the hole and he put it to about eight feet. It was a 20/6. That’s pretty close. Maybe one frame off on the downswing.”
John’s in his attic studio, a cluttered redoubt of computer gear, TV monitors, recordable disks and dog toys. I visited his workspace many times when we were co-authoring Tour Tempo: Golf’s Last Secret Finally Revealed, which recently went into its 11th printing.
“On the thirteenth tee,” John continues, “Tiger hit hit a little draw around the corner, turned out perfect. He was 19/6.”
Nineteen? With a fairway metal? And then I’m thinking, He’s not the Tiger of old.