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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.


Category: Golf

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:44 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I shot 48 on the front nine at Fallbrook Golf Course yesterday and I didn't withdraw!  Embarassed   I shot 56 on the back nine (apparently I was lifting my left heel on my backswing) and I didn't even mutter.  I drank iced tea on the Nineteeneth hole too.  (I felt like a double Glenlivet).  
  Is Tiget an Anaheim Ducks fan?  Maybe he has vertigo.

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:25 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Anybody else picturing Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack saying, "ooh, my arm is broken"

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:14 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Tiger needs to get out for awhile take a leave, get well.  Some guy on the Golf Channel said he has a warm up swing on the range that is different than the one he uses during live play.  I guess his live play swing is just too stressing on his frame to warm up with.  This accounts for his inconsistent performance during live play  as you practice as you play. 

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:15 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Can you say steroids withdraw? This is what happens to the body when you stop cycling steroids. Look at all the other athletes that have taken them and stopped. Breakdown, after breakdown......

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:29 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

At some point and time someone's going to connect the dots of his injures to PED's ... he's smart enough to know when to say when; his diminished abilities are the 'tell tale' signs for all of us.

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:21 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

The bottom line here is that Tiger has just not handled adversity very well.  THings are going against him and he has compounded his problems with some poor decisions.  That's my objective analysis and I have never been a fan of his.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:13 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Well, this means Jack's record of 18 majors is safe. Tiger will rightfully be called the second best player ever.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:10 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I think Woods is addicted to pain meds but won't admit it. Something else I find strange is his ex-wife has tons of money and could move anywhere in the world. She chose to live just a few miles from her ex-husband that made her look like trash in front of everyone. Maybe she's real smart but something tells me they will be back together within a year. As for golf, he'll never be the same which still makes him really really good. He wins two more majors and that's it. He's still the 2nd best player of all time if he never plays again.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:22 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Do you think Sawgrass will be giving refunds?

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:17 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

what a quitter,everytime he plays bad he has an excuse.He can't compete anymore and this was the easy way out,I'm sure if he was playing good he would have kept playing with the pain,but instead he quits.We will never again see him as the same player he once was.He should just hang it up because all these young players will not allow him to ever dominate again,I even wonder if he will ever win a tournament again,and I really don't care if he does.I'm sure he will have excuse after excuse for the rest of his career.He had 5 weeks to heal,so why did he even try to play if he was still hurt.The only thing hurt is his ego and confidence.

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