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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
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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

A year and a half back Tiger was pretty shocked that his fan base fell apart when all he had done was commit serial adultery.  He was naive to think he could get away with being human, a schmuck, a jerk, and maybe for the first time he had to really PAY for something.  He hadn't paid for golf balls, clothing, cars, a Stanford education, or a foul mouth.  But when it comes to moral outrage there is rarely a way to make good.  Your wife might forgive you for an affair or two, then again...
I am afraid Tiger found the only way to appear to pay for his low life behavior.  And that is he has tried to get the sympathy of the public through becoming a failure, a loser, and falling not only from the grace of being in our favor as a person but also falling from the pedestal at the top of the golf world.  It takes awhile to fall as evidenced by people still calling him the favorite at Sawgrass this week.  Wishful thinking by golf gurus, advertisers and The Golf Channel.
Tiger knows it is not enough to lose, he has to lose in the public eye on Sunday, he has to lose physically and have his magnificent physique (compare Phil the Doughboy) fall apart as well.
The problem is that Tiger isn't getting back the sympathy of millions of his former fans.  No, he is now the bad guy, and many of us root for his failure.  And we are mad at him today for not quitting or collapsing on the back nine this Sunday.  He made it all of nine holes!  He might have gotten more from us if we could have watched him suffer a little more and shown some class by being kinder to Kaymer and finishing the loop.  This wasn't the first Louis-Schmeling fight, but Tiger showed us a vulnerability that can't be praised, he took a dive halfway through the bout.



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I love how they are using the term...WITHDREW. I believe the correct term is QUIT.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

He hasn't played since the Masters and could only manage 9 holes for practice.  He tried to see if he could go and could not.  Yet you all call him a quitter.  pretty funny.  This about a guy who won the US Open in 18 extra holes with a bad knee and a broken leg.  yeah, he's a quitter.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Tiger went to "Sex"  rehab.....LMAO yeah ok.  He went to drug rehab to get off pain killers


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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

If this dopesn't solidify that he's the biggest whiny cry baby pathetic ***** on the planet, then I dont know what does.  Man how I miss those fist pumps and his gay little dances that he used to do when he'd prance around the course like a court jester.  There has been no other decline in the history of sports that I have enjoyed so much.  So long jerkoff...  Go back to your hooter's girls and nasty habits and leave the golf world alone...  In a better place, like it was before you came along.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

tarred and feathered?  Come on...  This is a life experience that happens to all.  If you play in hot water, you'll get burned.  The media has kissed is A$$ long enough.  When I watch "Golf" on TV, I want to see the leaders, not Tiger.


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