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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: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:29 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I sent an invite for Tiger to come play with me at my local club.  He declined due to injury.  haha.

Nah, I hate it for Tiger.  I have always been a huge Tiger fan, but he just needs to man up and stop whining.  If he would get off his couch and start playing in tournaments every week there is no doubt that he could get back to the winner he once was.  The reason Tiger was 6 over after 9 this morning was because he was hurt, but because he has not played competitive golf consistently.  Last night players reported Tiger was feeling great and he played great yesterday.  I have a hard time believing that Tiger is hurt.  I hope he comes back and plays soon because I hate note seeing him out on the course.  He needs to swallow his pride and play in a lot of tournaments and tournaments that he never plays to get back into form.  Competitive rounds is the ONLY way he will get back to winning.  You can play the greatest practice rounds all you want but it is not even close to play a competitive round.  

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:27 pm
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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:25 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:01 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Serena blames her knee, ankle, hammy, quad, or any other body part when she plays poorly.  Didn't realize she played golf too.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:51 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

You forgot to add steriods to that mix, as well as a steady diet of blond skanks. It's funny when Cheetah Woods does terrible he has a laundry list of reasons why. The bottom line Cheetah, it's like when Mike Tyson got beat by Buster Douglas, nobody fears you any more, cause you suck.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:44 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

It's good to see the hate from Elling rise to the internet now that Tiger is struggling again.  During the Masters, not one word from Elling's live blog about how Tiger is making any sort of run or his moment at the top of the leaderboard halfway through Sunday.  As soon as Tiger is hurting and playing in the dumps, Elling is all over it.  You must be really proud of yourself Steve.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:33 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Kind of sad to see that just like Jordan, just like JJ in Nascar, just like any great of any sport that comes along, people are always there hating, waiting for the day that the legend becomes human so they can throw their digs and jabs at them and point out how they are right that he's not that good etc etc.  It shows the maturity of everyone.  Those that call out Tiger for being sore losers need to look at themselves in the mirror and wonder about their own personal conflicts as to why they enjoy seeing this side of Tiger, instead of looking back and remembering what he's done for the game of golf.  I don't recall Tiger ever saying he was the best person morally, I don't remember or recall him saying he's the model role model, or best sportsman.  He plays the game that he loves and gets paid ridiculously for it and in the end, comments and bashing you make towards him on CBS...don't phase him.  He still continues to be one of the greats, just not currently the greatest he's ever been.

Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:29 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

For anyone!!!

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:18 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Watching the press conference right now during the live feed of the tournament. Tiger said "As I continued to play it got worse." No sheit. one over after 1, four over after 4 and 5 over after 5 and 6 over after 9.

You damn skippy did get progressively worse as you played. 

bottom line is...Tiger needs an image change. Start competing as Elrrick and no longer Tiger since there definately is no longer a roar when he plays. Other players are no longer in fear when paired with him. In fact I bet many take bets they can beat him. 

Tiger needs a complete makeover, bring back his original swing coach, fire Steve Williams for starters. Dedicate his time on the course to being a human first and then a pro golfer. Rework the image. The rest will fall back into place. 

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:17 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Tiger quit and thats the truth.  Everyone in the press knew about his recent injury an he knew that.  After tin cupping the second shot in the water and then taking a bogey on the next hole, he wasn't even thinking about anything else but what he could do to get out of the tournament without further embarassment. He played the injury card.  We have all been there.  We all have done it one way or another in our lives.  But to do it at this level,.....amazing.......

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