Even After The Master, Pump The Breaks On Tigermania
He staggered around through the final round like a boxer taking his last punches who could hardly wait for the final bell to ring.
He played not with swagger but timidly, almost as if he were afraid to hurt the golf course.
Tiger Woods may have made memories at Augusta earlier in the year but after his performances at the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open, so much for all those predictions that he’s “back” as a consistent contender for major championships.
After his magical Masters moment, Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship and barely made the cut at the U.S. Open.
At the latter, he looked puzzled and defeated. Woods continually under-clubbed his approach shots, winding up short on most greens. In a major, he normally digs his claws into it like a roaring tiger, but here he played like a declawed house cat. Most surprisingly, and most un-Tiger-like, he played not to lose. Woods has always played to win.
And this was on the same course where he won in 2000, blowing away the field with a 15-shot win.
As Woods has proven at the last two majors, he indeed is not back and has a long way to go to get back to his Masters form. So pump the brakes on him being a threat to tie or break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. Woods currently has 15.
The next major is the British Open, July 18-21 at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.