Ready for a crazy Tiger Woods stat you probably could have guessed but is still mind-blowing to see in print?
How about this one?
There are 3 players currently under age 50 with 20+ @PGATOUR wins. Tiger has 9 MC as pro. Phil has 70, Ernie Els has 55.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 27, 2014
This one is even crazier:
Stat of the Century (updated): Tiger Woods has 79 career wins and 10 missed cuts.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 27, 2014
Woods moved into double digits on Friday at Congressional Country Club by shooting 75 at the Quicken Loans National. He finished his second round at 7 over, four shots outside the projected cut line.
That's not the point, though.
The point is that he looked athletic and pain-free and, at times, downright spry. The game will come. He actually hit the ball pretty well, he just couldn't get anything going around the greens and his putting had no rhythm.
That's a "hasn't gotten enough reps" thing more than it is anything else.
"My short game was off," said Woods. "I made a ton of simple little mistakes. I probably should have spent more time chipping than I did."
I can't believe I have to say this but this result doesn't mean Tiger is done or cooked or going to miss the cut at the British Open and PGA Championship. It simply means he was a few shots off the cut line after not having played competitive golf in over three months.
"The thing I was worried about the most was hitting driver," he said. "I hit it really well the last two days."
Plus, he had some good holes to go along with his...uh...not so good ones.
The hot sports takes flowed, however, as hot sports takes tend to do with Tiger. "He can't swing the same!" "He still looks hurt!" "He'll never catch Jack!" "Same old Tiger!"
He won five times last year, got hurt, and is on the mend. I think he's going to be fine. This isn't Tiger at the peak of his powers shooting 74-75 to miss the cut at the Masters. It's Tiger with very little practice trying to tune up his game for a major.
"I came back four weeks earlier than I thought we could. I had no setbacks, no pain. I got my feel for playing tournament golf. I'm encouraged by what happened this week."
Remember that this weekend when your golfing buddies try to tell you Tiger is done.