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Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: August 7, 2011 4:00 pm

AKRON, Ohio -- As ever, Tiger Woods remains a study in contradictions, even after a half-season-long layoff.

He's still an enigma, through and through.

Woods shot an even-par 70 in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational and was T38 as the leaders were finishing on Sunday. Though he had insistently said his lone objective this week was to win, nevermind the rust, the former world No. 1 Woods gave the week a generally positive review.

See if you can identify the paradox here.

"Absolutely encouraged," he said. "I hadn't played. I mean, this is my first tournament since, what, April, so it's been a while."

Which was the thrust of the point that was made, myriad times, throughout the week after Woods kept deflecting assertions that his goal of winning was unreasonable given the layoff.

With his comeback effort in the books, Woods now faces the daunting task of playing next week in the season's final major, the PGA Championship, with not nearly enough live-fire preparation. If he sprays it around in Atlanta as much as he did at Firestone Country Club, he might be packing his bags after two days.

Woods wishes that he had more time, and more tournaments beforehand, but he's going to have to wing it as best he can. He missed the last two majors with injury issues.

"It would be nice [to have another start], but hey, I've got three days, so I'm going to worry about these three days and apply it accordingly and be ready come Thursday," he said.

Woods said he needs more live competition before he gets fully comfortable with his swing, which he first began tearing down exactly 52 weeks ago at the PGA Championship. That said, he's very much on the bubble for the FedEx Cup playoff series and isn't remotely assured a spot in the top 125, where he must finish in order to play the four-event stretch that begins Aug. 25.

Then again, Woods said Sunday that he will not play in the Wyndham Championship, held the week after the PGA, which represents the last chance to earn FedEx points before the playoff series starts.

"Family obligations," he said.

Woods offered no specifics, but even if he's implying that he has custodial issues that can't be changed, he's painted himself into a nearly impossible corner as far as his seasonal status. Unless he makes a huge jump up the points list next week, every other FedEx bubble boy will be entered at the Wyndahm seeking to leapfrog into the top 125.

Woods is a two-time FedEx champion and skipping the Wyndham likely isn't going to be well received if he has a poor showing next week in Atlanta, especially since he's playing in Australia later this fall for a fat appearance fee believed to be in the neighborhood of $2 million.

With the results of the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe event yet to be tallied or incorporated, Woods was listed at a projected 124th in FedEx points.

In discussing his week, Woods launched into a handful of examples that underscored exactly why the point was raised among fans as to whether his expectations entering the week were impossibly high.

"It's nice for me to get out there in this competitive atmosphere no matter how I was playing just to figure out how to score because I haven't been forced to score," he said.

He added: "At home playing money games with my buddies is just not quite the same. Being out here and being forced to have to post a score, hit shots, that's a different deal."

Yeah, exactly.

Woods ranked dead last in the field of 76 players, hitting 22 of 56 fairways, and wasn;t much better on the greens. Woods benched his putter after three mediocre rounds, switched to a Nike model Sunday and was T45 in putting for the week.

There was one universally positive development, and it brought a grin to his face. Woods had no issues at all with his leg, and is past the point where it needs to be iced or treated after the round.

"It feels great," he said. "It's a different kind of feeling."

He'd be the first to admit, after nearly two years without winning, so would contending.

Category: Golf

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:46 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

The Tiger Woods from 1997-2008 is gone forever. The current & future Tiger Woods could very well be good to capture that 19th major. However, that Tiger Woods plays with emotional baggage & scar tissue the old version never had. It has manifested itself repeatedly in the last 2 years. Look at the last 2 Masters. Played well enough to win both of them. Couldn't close the deal. He may get over it, but he has work to do & it has nothnig to do with his new swing.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:06 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

goriders: This was his first full tournament since the Masters in April, but he still finished better than Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Ian Poulter, Stuart Appleby, Stewart Cink, Paul Casey, Rory Sabbatini, Robert Allenby, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel, Y.E. Yang, and Sergio Garcia just to name a few notables. I'd say he's shaking off the rust just fine, and has good reason to feel encouraged!

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:04 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

You are very articulate for an idiot. Face it, you have no objectivity and are filled with hate.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:41 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

Hey VaHawk,

Tiger got beat by 44 better golfers though, I think you forgot that though.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:37 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

Sorry VaHawk. Are you twelve years old, or simply down for the struggle? Nobody that has ever written a column, and I mean NOBODY, has ever been more of a Woods slurper than Elling. Not Lusetich, not Reilly, not Harig, NOBODY. Elling has been permanently attached to Woods backside. However, the breaking point for Elling, and just about everyone else, was November 2009. I'll attempt to dumb this down for you. In our lifetimes, we all juggle several globes. Some globes are durable and made of rubber, i.e. a career globe. You can drop it, and it can bounce right back into your hands. The reputation and character globe is made of fine porcelain. If you bobble it and drop it, it shatters into a million pieces, and can NEVER be repaired...EVER. You go through the remainder of your life, and throughout your legacy without it. It's just a globe you have to live without. It cannot be replaced. Tiger Woods was a miserable reprobate of a human being, just like his philandering, pathetic father. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. You ever hear Tiger's siblings talk about what a great guy Earl was? He walked away from them. Tiger didn't change in 2008-2009. He was always the same guy, just like he is now. He hasn't changed. He is who we thought and knew he was all along. He was simply exposed. A petulant and childish man, who was influenced greatly not by Earl, but by his mother (see mommy's boy). He is a late bloomer, particularly with women.  At thirty-five he is incredibly immature and acts like a man child. He may never grow up. With his wealth, he doesn't have to. He will never be a man's man. Ever. He isn't properly equipped, either physically or mentally. He is however, an incredible golfer, second only to Jack Nicklaus, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Woods had a twelve year run, which is twice as long as most. It's over. It's been over for some time now.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:17 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

OK -  This article is proof positive that Elling simply hates Tiger Woods - It's more than a stretch to spin Tiger's comments like this.  When someone is a great athlete, and a great competitor, they ALWAYS think they can summon their best game.  There are many golfer around the country that play in their city or club championship when they're only playing a few times a year, if at all.  They go back out there to see if they can summon their BEST game and WIN.,  Why go out there if you think you are not capable of winning?  Tiger has always set the bar high for himself. THAT'S HOW YOU GET THINGS DONE IN THIS WORLD.  If you think you can't do something, you're right.  What does Elling want Woods to say when asked where his "expectation" level is.  Tiger has been saying his goal was to win for two decades now.  that's not going to suddenly change.  This article is a waste of time.  it's a waste of the electricity that it took to illuminate my monitor while I was reading this garbage.  There's another couple of minutes that I'll never get back.  

Has Steve "Einstein" Elling ever considered that Tiger scored better than alot world class players have that have been competing week in and week out, while he has been away.  Tiger beat Paul Casey, Graeme McDoooowell, The current British Open Champion, Darren Clarke (I guess topping the ball 175 yards onto the green and two putting for par is tough to do on the Monster), Players Champion - KJ Choi, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson,  Ian Poulter.  It's ONE week.  he opened with a nice 68,  He's got work to do.  Why is this turd trying to spin this situation to make Tiger look bad?  This reminds me of a friend of mine, that often gets on my nerves with this kind of juvenile crap - 

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:02 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

He didn't say anything about "children". He does have other family. He could be hanging with his mom.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 6:46 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

Woods 'absolutely encouraged'   ?????? REALLY After 1 round in the 60's in a turrney with not cut. I would not call that encouraging. And as for the poster that said he beat Phil Sergio etc,They are saying to themselfs that they could get it togheter this week,not o i feel great being middle of the pack. Talk about grasping at straws for anything good in his game.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 6:36 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

Elling is a tool. Of course the player is going to say he plans on winning. And then upon finishing out of contention say he is going to take something positive out of it. I wonder if Elling has ever competed in anything? This is not a paradox this is how you prepare yourself as a competitor. I think Elling has some sort of oddball secret stalker mentality with Tiger.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: August 7, 2011 6:25 pm

Now that it's over, Woods 'absolutely encouraged'

If he was white, his behavior would not be "overlooked".

But, because he is one of them, people really aren't too surprised.

I am so sick of this clown.  He will never win again.  Doesn't have the character.   

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