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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: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 3:00 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Did he yell at the photographers who were clicking away as he limped off the course? Tiger is old news, but he will always dominate the press because he is the only golfer that 85% of people in the world can name. He may never win again.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:50 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Incredibly appropriate for the man who gave new meaning to “playing nine holes” off the course.

Injuries aside, the Tiger mystic no longer exsists. Woods remains a top player but the young guns of the PGA Tour are not intimidated by his mere presence. Kuchar and Kaymer go about their business and  are 2 under after 9 - Tiger is 6 over and struggling before he decides to withdraw. Perhaps it was their respective games that had him rattled as much or more than his ailments?

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:40 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown


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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:29 pm
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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:18 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

This clown is no different than the kids I coach in Little League, make a bad play......fake an injury...... It is my injuries fault that my game is like an out of control freight train.  Granted, he might be hurting, but I can promise you this, if Tigger had shot 36 or 37 on the front, he would have finished out the day.  This guy has NO integrity for himself or the game.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:14 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I think his time has definately passed.  He may win again, but I seriously doubt he will ever be number one in the world again.  The players know.  The intimidtion factor is gone and with that are the victories.  Why all the physical breakdowns?  I realize there is a lot of torque on the body but golf is not a contact sport.  That Canadian steroid doctor couldn't seem to get him right. The guy was a great golfer but totally unlikeable so I can understand why not everybody rooted or cheered for him.  Now it's rather obvious why he has always been curt with the media and lived a very private and guarded lifestyle.  How can you warm up to somebody with his personality?  There are so many other athletes with more complete packages that make them much more likeable. 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:14 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Tiger should take off the entire year.  Allow his knees to have real time to heal, including using prescribed PEDs that promote healing and growth.  Because he's not competing, he does not have to comply with restrictions.  Work out his upper body mildly and do some pool work for leg flexibility.  Start training and practicing again in January, without all the swing coaches and crap.  Just play naturally like Bubba is saying.

What's going on is that he is trying to not be "out of it" for too long, but not giving himself enough time to heal, and no longer using roids and pain killers because he was being exposed.  One reason that pitchers can recover from "Tommy John" surgery is that they are forced to shut down for a year and can then take banned PEDs that aid in recovery during that time.  Tiger's knee is a similar kind of injury, and he needs to shut down completely in a similar way. 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:11 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:09 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

i haven't clicked on many golf stories before, but this one really caught my attention. in some ways you have to feel for him. sure, he created his own problems in most cases, and perhaps he deserves some of this karma. on the other hand, it's sad to see someone that was once so dominating, to end up quitting 9 holes into an important tourney.

tiger probably needs to completely quit for a season. play no tournaments. get himself in better mental and physical shape, then attempt a comeback. he needs to recreate himself. he's got to leave that old tiger behind, or he just might toil in this current state forever.

my how the mighty fall hard.

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