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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.


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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown


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

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Knew you'd surface alwaysgimme, but has it come to this for you.....look for and pick out a stupid comment and then respond with a 'high school dropout' come back. Guess you aren't better than that.....

At least you're no longer coming on and defending your guy as it just makes you look weaker....know somewhere inside your denials, you get what's going on with Tiger. I'll give the Tigger this....although he'd never admit this being the reason he 'pulled up lame' after nine holes, he saved himself a few world ranking points by withdrawing instead of being cut with quite probably, the lowest score after 36 in this, the 5th major.

Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:37 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

I  am a huge fan of Arnie, Ben and  Jack.  However, you have no idea what you are talking about with regard to Sam Snead, who I assume is your "Sammie."  He just lived in an era when stuff was not covered or reported.  He has a string of illegitimate children around Virginia and West Virginia, and to my knowledge never paid child support for any of them.  He was a notorious womanizer and jackass to "lesser folks". My wife grew up in the White Sulphur Springs area and has, in fact,  introduced me to a few of his offspring and they aren't exactly rich folks.  As far as we know, at least Tiger doesn't have a bunch of cubs running around from his transgressions.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:36 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Always " Flat Ears" are worth reading. What a delusional muppet you are. I love the way you cover Solids back!

 He is as clueless as they come. And like some whipped lapdog you are there defending his drivel.

 It really is classic.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Way to hang tough Tiger...... nice WD. Be a man and finish the round. If your knee was that bad, you should have never entered in the first place.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:34 pm

Woods is not cool!!

Woods is a poor loser...  All us fans with interest in him as a golfer and human being.. Then he behaves like a spoiled child..  I'm taking my ball and going home because things aren't going my way... 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: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:32 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

With a guy like Woods and the nature of the game (i.e. top players staying competitive well into their 40s), I think it's impossible to completely rule out some comeback in the future.  With that said, I see almost no chance of a return to complete domination that we witnessed from the late 90s through the mid 2000s.  Additionally, the injury aspect is one that won't get any better over the long haul, so even if the mental sharpness and competitive tenacity return, Woods' body just may not hold up.  Back in the day I predicted that his back would give him problems down the road...appears that I was wrong about the body part(s) that are causing him problems, but correct about injuries potentially derailing his career.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:29 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Who gives a flying fig about tigger. Golf has been around for over four hundred years. tigger will never be a legend. With all the crap he got away with, no other player would have gotten away with it. I for one am glad he is in the toilet and I hope he never comes back.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:17 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Yesterday I read things like "Tiger is the favorite every time he tees it up" and "Tiger is a legend in golf along with Jack". Let me respond.
Tiger will not be a favorite any time soon. Until he gets control of his game and his mind, he is one of many others who could win.
As to being a legend, lets talk about what it means to be a legend. To me, some of the legends of golf are Jack, Arnie, Ben, Sammie, Sevi and many more guys like them. What do they have in common? At one time they were all great players. And, they never did any thing to bring disrespect to the game. At this point in time, Tiger was an awesome player (and may be again) but he has never treated the game with the respect that it deserves.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:16 pm

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

OMG! OMG!  Will they still complete the tournament without the Chosen One?  How will the PGA survive?

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