TIGER Woods doesn’t have too many golf pundits who believe he can resurrect his apparently fleeting career.
But it’s no surprise one of those few supporters is the man who first coached Woods, Rudy Duran.
Now the director of instruction at Morro Bay Golf Course in California, Duran took in the child prodigy that was Woods at age 4 and helped his meteoric rise to teenage amateur golf superstardom.
He recently dismissed comments from controversial Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee, who said “the genius of Tiger Woods has been coached out of him.”
Chamblee, who has publicly disagreed with Woods on topics such as rules violations at Augusta committed by the 14-times Majors winner , claimed Woods received “too much information from too many coaches”, and had “traded his genius for the ideas of others.”
After watching the US Open at Chambers Bay on TV, Duran said Woods was technically still world-class and could even shoot a 65 at the British Open at St Andrews next month.
“I would not agree with that,” Duran said about Chamblee’s comments. “I would say that he’s just sorting things out. I have no problem believing he’ll come back and win more tournaments.
“When he gets it sorted out, he’ll be winning, and you’re not going to be surprised when, say, he shoots a 65 in the British Open.”
“He was hitting high draws and low draws and fades and straight balls,” Duran said. “He didn’t miss a shot in 10 or 15 shots that I saw. How can his swing be going wrong when you do that?”