I rushed back home from a weekend at the coast with the hopes I would get to see Tiger Woods making a run up the leaderboard. Instead, I got home in time to see him miss another putt on the 12th hole for a double bogey and then make three more bogeys in the final six holes to shoot a final round 76.
This capped off another over-par weekend for Tiger after starting with two solid rounds on Thursday and Friday. This begs the question whether the pressure of weekend golf is actually getting to Tiger Woods now. Looking back over his Saturday rounds this year, in the 13 stroke play events he has made the cut, he has shot under par in only six of those events. In the final round, he has only shot under par in 5 out of the 13 events.
When Tiger was in his heyday, it always seemed as though he was fearless and nothing bothered him on the golf course. A bad shot or a bogey was never a problem because he would just come back and get the momentum back on the next holes. Now it just seems if he hits a bad shot or misses a short putt, all the air is deflated and he just can not get any kind of momentum going.
I am starting to ask myself whether this is the Tiger Woods everyone has to just get used to now. I keep rooting for the guy for some reason and when he is on the first or second page of the leaderboard I always find myself thinking “this is the day he makes a run” and it just never happens.
Maybe one day he will prove me wrong, but from now on, I just have to get used the frontrunner he has always been…