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Why Tiger Woods' 79 at Torrey Pines means nothing

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Part of me doesn't see the need to write a post like this because of how ridiculous the notion is.

But another part of me interacts with golf fans, on Twitter and in real life.

Tiger Woods' 79 and subsequent MDF on Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open brought a wave of gloom and doom the likes of which I haven't seen since a certain ball drop incident at the 2013 Masters.

Even sportswriters who don't follow golf regularly opined that Woods is over the hill.

Because he bowed out of the Farmers Insurance Open early?

Get out of here.

You want to say this because he can't win a major anymore, fine, but don't project the rest of his career based on one round.

Woods won five of the 15 PGA Tour stroke-play tournaments he entered last year. He's No. 1 in the world by an incredible margin.

Plus we've been here before with Woods.

He shot a 79 at the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship. Done? No, he sandwiched that with top five finishes at the Masters and US Open.

Heck, last year he shot a 79 at the Memorial the week after winning the Players Championship and two months before winning at the Bridgestone Invitational.

An even better example: In 2002 Woods shot a 77 at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. He went on to win the Masters and the US Open and finish second at the PGA Championship.

There was rust this week, sure, but like I said yesterday, let's not eulogize him because of a bad round on a course that until Sunday was playing equivalent to the 2008 US Open.

Tiger Woods is a lot of things.

Finished after one bad round is not one of them.

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