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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
Comments

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Woods behavior is awful

Woods is a poor loser...  We fans want to see him as a golfer and human being.. Then he behaves like a spoiled brat..  I'm taking my ball and going home, so there!!... NOT COOL  TIGER -  Man up and finish your 81 like the rest of us would have..   NOT COOL TIGER...  by the way, play in the Par 3 event at the Masters next time..  MAN UP TIGER...



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I absolutely agree.  He didn't want to get beat by 10+ by the world #1 and packed it in.  His foul mouth sets a bad example for the kids that still follow him around as if nothing happened (whoring around on his family)



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Who is afraid of the big bad wolf(substitute Tiger) anymore said the three little pigs.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Its a sad situation to see a once great golfer quitting on the course because he is embarrassed by  his score.  Don't think so? Well the golf channel ran a clip of him walking briskly to his car.  He wasn't limping or favoring his leg/ankle.  I can certainly understand why it would be mentally disturbing for a once great golfer to be a also ran.  It might be better if Woods would shut up and quit swearing and getting angry when he makes a bad shot (which now means he is mostly swearing and getting angry).  My basic point is: he should work  on what's left of his  game and if he can restore himself to past success, then I'm willing to listen with an open mind.  Until then he's just a has been reaping the  public distain for behavior he always displayed but which the media did not publish because he was winning. Undecided



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

yep, a quiter...like me



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Billy,


Not even funny. I don't feel sorry for Tiger, he made his bed and he has to sleep in it. But it is pretty clear that ever since that fateful Thanksgiving night, his golf hasn't been the same. And like a lot of people on here have said, I seriously doubt that it will ever be the same again. The "Tiger" factor is a NON-factor and both his head and his body aren't right. It was a time in golf that no golf fan will ever forget when Tiger dominated like no one has seen. Realistically, it looks like that time has come and gone. But because of who he was and what he brought to the game of golf for both TV and the fans, people will cling to the hope that he will come back to the "Tiger of Old" instead of the reality of "The Old Tiger"



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

   I wonder if Tiger will ever regain his attitude he had before all the shi* went down. I guess winning 18 majors is going to be very very hard for him to achieve



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Maybe if he didn't spend so much time on his knees banging all those ho's he wouldn't have this knee problem?



Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Well said.  It is nice to hear from someone who has maintained some perspective in all of this madness. 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

WOW, it always baffles me how so many people take pleasure in others misfortune. This is what the world has come to? This guy has made more bad decisions in his life than most of us will ever imagine and has paid the ultimate sacrifice for them by losing his family and trashing his career yet that's not enough for some people who want to dog pile on and continue to bash the fallen. I think he may have played his last round of golf today and that should excite the bashers, to me it's sad to watch a guy who dominated a sport for so long end up like this and yes I know he did it to himself but it still marks the end of a major era in the sport. I read in a previous post that the "Young Guns" were not intimidated by Tiger and I believe that to be true but the so called "Young Guns" have been on tour long enough to by now have showed that they will be the next great thing and I don't see any consistent results to back that from any of them? So golf will continue to ride the coattails of a once great icon until he fades away and the rest of us are left what golf was before Tiger.......and that's the sad part....IMO


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