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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 224
REGARDLESS of how many times we all say his winning days are done, it’ll be all eyes on Tiger Woods as he embarks on what should be his first proper run at a PGA Tour season in a long, long time. If he bombs, people will watch it; if he melts down as he did in numerous other aborted comeback attempts, they’ll watch that, too. A truly competitive Tiger would be one of the storylines of the year, and while golf no longer necessarily needs Woods, we’d love to see it happen. WHAT CAN WOODS REALLY DO? THE logo on a shirt or clubhead shouldn’t really matter a dot to you or me, but at this time of year it’s all anyone wants to talk about. Will Jason Day play any better or worse as a result of having a Nike swoosh on his pocket and $100 million in it? Of course not, but watch for the sharks to start circling at the first sign of a form slump. The same goes for Tiger Woods, who has switched from a Nike ball to Bridgestone, though the former world No.1 can hardly use that as an excuse if he can’t hit it straight, given he revealed in his blog last week, "What people don't realise is that Bridgestone made the Nike golf ball for a number of years". Even more interesting will be Rory McIlroy, who’s yet to bed down his exact equipment lineup after Nike’s exit from the club-making business. The Northern Irishman continues to try different brands and combinations, and time will tell which brand wins his signature. And then there’s Bubba Watson, who’s willingly committing the ultimate professional 'no-no' by changing balls, embracing the fluoro pills produced by his new sponsor Volvik. Watch for an explosion of colour on local courses if he starts winning. BIG (AND SMALL) CHANGES MORE PLAY FOR DAY IT’S only the third week of 2017 and already discussion around Jason Day has centred on how his body will hold up this year. The world number one says he’s shortened his swing in a bid to take the pressure off his troublesome back, and spent the Christmas break strengthening his body so that maybe, just maybe, he can finally get through a full season. Watching the Queenslander is a privilege fans don’t get to experience often enough, given he rarely plays more than 20 tournaments a year, so cross your fingers that he receives an uninterrupted run at it this year.
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