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Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: May 12, 2011 10:58 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla . -- Tiger Woods stood behind the ninth green on Thursday and wondered aloud at what had just transpired.

On a day in which good shots were few and far between, not to mention few and far afield, he has just bombed his second shot on the par-5 hole over the green on the fly and into an oak tree behind the green. It was a towering shot that was seemingly in the air forever.

He handed the club back to caddie Steve Williams and said, "I just hit it 290 with a 5-wood?"

Even the rare good shots turned out porrly for the fading, former world No. 1 in the first round of the Players Championship, and he finished with a bogey before withdrawing for the second consecutive year.

A moment latrer, he handed his golf glove to Williams and his scorecard to playing partner Martin Kaymer and told them he was punching out after nine holes.

"I am having a hard time walking," Woods said.
Not to mention a difficult time scoring. He shot 6-over 42 on the front nine and was tied for last when he decided to head to the TPC Sawgrass locker room, visibly limping.

It was downhill from the start for Woods, who pulled up lame after hitting is first tee shot of the day, a draw that missed the fairway. Woods said that as he pushed into the 3-wood, his knee began to throb. His second shot was no better. He was forced to stand in the pine straw to make his second swing of the day. That's the same type of lie he faced that landed him in his current predicament -- Woods injured a knee and Achilles hitting a ball out of the pine straw in the final round four weeks ago at Augusta National.

This time, Woods lost traction on his downswing and instantly muttered, "freaking foot slipped," as he hit the shot fat and the ball came up well short of the green. He made bogey and the early tone was set.

"The pine straw didn't help because the foot slipped," he said afterward.

After muffing a flop shot on the easy second hole and settling for a par, Woods hit two balls in the water on the fourth, where the green is fronted by a pond, including ann awful wedge shot from 45 yards in a closely mowed drop zone that caromed off the wooden bulkhead surrounding the green clanged into the middle of the hazard.

The knee was not the issue. That was pure rust and poor execution. He chunked three wedges in nine holes, including on the ninth.

"The pitch shots weren't [because of the injury]," he said. "Those were just bad shots. Awful." 

Woods eventually found the green and made an 18-footer for a triple bogey at the fourth. Moments later, he grimaced in apparent pain after he badly missed the fifth green, from 160 yards out and the middle of the fairway, and made another bogey, dropping to 5 over through five holes and into dead last among those in the morning wave in 72nd place.

After his tee shot found the fairway at the sixth, his approach from 123 yards plopped into a greenside bunker, though he managed to save par. On one of the trickiest short-game tracks on the PGA Tour, Woods only found one of the first six greens in regulation.

In 13 career starts, Woods had never missed the cut at Sawgrass or posted a score higher than 75. He withdrew after seven holes on Sunday last year with a neck issue.

Because of the leg injuries, Woods didn't practice or play for four weeks heading into this week's event, and only played nine holes at Sawgrass on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation. He has played 16 competitive stroke-play rounds in the States all season.

Woods dropped to No. 8 in the world ranking this week, his lowest position since before he won his first Masters title in April, 1997.

As though Woods didn't look lost enough, his playing partners, Matt Kuchar and Martin Kaymer, are two of the steadiest players on the planet and were both 2 under through the first six holes, seven shots better than Woods.


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Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:04 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

HAHAHAHA Tiger sucks! Where are all the Tiger lovers that keep backing him?! He's DONE. And to quit?? What a LOSER! He quit not because he was "sore" but because he was in LAST fricking place!

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:03 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Again obvious over reactions.

Withdrew because of injury is acceptable. Should he miss 3 rounds because of injury or miss the whole season.

Clearly not a big deal, but I can certainly understand why the haters would pounce..{not that he`s my favorite by any means.}

Lets focus on the leaders.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:01 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

C'mon guys. Why so hard on Woods? He was "sick that day". Is he copying Michelle Wie these days, or does Michelle still copying him? They both always drag up and quit in lieu of having an unfavorable statistic blemish their records. Let's get real. Woods knew if he was ready to play before today. He wouldn't have went to Sawgrass if he thought he couldn't. Had he been shooting well, he would have still limped and played up on the drama, but he wouldn't have withdrawn. Didn't he "suffer through the pain", and courageously continue in the in the U.S. Open? Oh, that's right, he was having a good round in that instance.  Now the media has a ready made excuse to trot out in the event Woods makes a bad shot or has a bad round. Number eight....and still falling. He looks like the falling prices ad for Walmart. How low can he go? Tiger fans shouldn't worry though, because "he's close". Yep. Real close. Almost there. Just a minor tweak here and there and he's back. Still working on the swing (as if every other pro on Tour doesn't work on their swing every day, every week). It's Butch's fault. It's Fluff's fault. It's Hank's fault. It's Stevie's fault. It's Elin's fault. It's the knee. It's the wind. It's the weather. It's the heel. It's the Perkins Pancake waitress. It's because Earl died. It's because his playing partner is too slow. It's the spike marks. It's the camera noise. It's the equipment. We've heard 'em all, but there will be more. Count on it. Perhaps Tiger's not channeling Michelle Wie after all. It sounds more like Serena Williams.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:56 am

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

a couple of you guys, blacklabs etc, understand the real story here. it's what the media will unfortunately will ignore, but i'm completely convinced he used performance enhancing drugs. The fact that he was being treated by that canadian doctor, he had gotten visibly bigger, and now his body breaking down like this..those are the three strikes right there. The guy is playing golf, and having all these injuries to his tendons? It's not normal. The bigger issue is how many ridiculously bad decisions the guy has made in the last 6-8 years, even ignoring his personal life. He was the greatest golfer in the world with his original swing, with no drugs. He threw it all away in a misguided effort to get better...constantly changing his swing, using performance enhancing drugs. He didn't have to do it. And he cost himself a spot on the sports Mt. Rushmore. It's really sad.

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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:54 am
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Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:52 am
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Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:48 am

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

What a joke..   what a jerk... "looser" you mean he's kinda like you, but I bet he can spell loser.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:48 am

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

It's hard to even comment on the moronic posts seen here. I an not very often speachless but these tools have forced me to reached my limit. Hard to believe.

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:46 am
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Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 11:45 am

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

at the present, lets face it, tiger is no longer the superstar and golfer he used to be. but he is still human, and after being watched,
feared in golf, placed ontop of the sports world, he has decended into the depts of bad ideals and comments from the same people
that worshiped him, in the first place. weather tiger comes back to being the #1golfer in the world, time will tell, but more importantly, i
would like to see him reshape things in his life away from golf and moving forward, for those fans that has hated on him, at every opportunity,  allow them that privilage and maybe one day they too will realize that their lives wasn't all glorified with Godly goodness !!!!

again, the same fans that hate on tiger, or the same fans that placed him atop in the first place. nobody really pays attention to pro
golf on the weekend, unless tiger is in the mix, so lets face it, mr.woods is still very capable of moving the TV ratings up or down and we
all are responsible that.

today's withdrawal, hmmmm, if he stays its due to an injury (or whatever) i like to think that it was. tiger doesn't strike me as a quitter
nor a worldclass golfer for the last two decades that would stop in the middle of a round for something like a few bad shots 

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