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Tiger Woods finishes Memorial with even-par 72

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods had a bad week at the Memorial, but nobody's worried. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods had a bad week at the Memorial, but nobody's worried. (USATSI)

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Tiger Woods' week was summed up perfectly in one short three-minute sequence on Sunday afternoon. Woods had reached the fringe on the 563-yard par-5 No. 7 hole in two shots and slipped his first putt to about five feet.

Woods then slapped the five-footer toward the hole and took a step toward it, presumably about to grab his birdie out of the cup.

Except that it missed and Woods just stood there staring at it, looking as confused as could be.

How could it not go in?

There were a lot of questions to be asked by fans of Woods this week after he shot the worst nine-hole score of his career on Saturday and ended a tournament he's dominated recently tied for 65th place.

How could he play this poorly?

Woods' two biggest issues -- and the two axes upon which his game normally spins -- were putting and the par-5s.

It took Woods 119 putts to get through four rounds at Muirfield Village this year -- for some context, it only took him 114 when he won three weeks ago at the Players Championship. He finished 71st out of 73 golfers who made the cut at the Memorial.

He was also poor on the par 5s. He was just 1 under in 16 opportunities at the par-5 holes this week and that included two double bogeys at the 15th hole.

There's no need to panic, though. I know people love to freak out over what athletes have done in the last 24 or 48 hours but golf, more than any other sport, is a body of work.

What's wrong with Tiger's game?

Woods' body of work in 2013 is still unparalleled. He's won 50 percent of the tournaments he's entered and will still be the heavy favorite at Merion in two weeks.

Woods summed things up perfectly to Golf Channel after his round -- nobody is better than Woods at putting round and tournaments behind him.

"Just one of those weeks. It happens."

You get the sense the gears in his head are already churning toward that first tee shot at the U.S. Open.

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