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Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:12 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 8:36 pm
Tiger reacts after a second shot at the Accenture Match Play. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

There was a stunned silence in the golf world when Tiger Woods, standing over a six-footer on the 18th hole to extend his match to extra holes against Nick Watney slide past the right lip, but it wasn’t as much a shocked silence as it was understandable disappointment. 

A man that used to drop just about every meaningful putt you put in front of him had once again missed a fairly simple putt in a match that was just begging for him to snag it the way Woods used to always do. Watney, for as well as he played on Thursday, was mediocre at best at the Accenture Match Play, allowing Tiger a chance to get back in the match time and time again. 

And when Woods stuffed his 9-iron just below the hole on the final green, sudden death almost seemed inevitable. But a strange thing happened. I actually thought Watney had a better chance of holing his birdie chip from just on the fringe than Tiger did of his short birdie putt on greens that he’s never seemed kosher with. 

Tiger is out at the match play, a result most experts probably guessed would happen when they saw him matched up against the steady Watney on Thursday. Woods hit the ball loose for much of the two days he played in Marana. He powered putt after putt through the break, never seeming comfortable with either his stroke or lines. 

But it goes back to the silence that fell right after his putt slide by, not even catching a lip to give the Tiger fans hope. It seemed ... likely. 

Woods is obviously not the same golfer he once was, and we all need to understand that. He was great at one point and now he’s another guy on tour with a staff bag and great golf swing. He plays well some days and bad others. He hits magnificent golf shots at times and follows it up with a poor putt. These are only shocking because he once was so great and now is so average. 

It was just that this match seemed strange because it was so predictable. Tiger playing a guy that he should lose to, losing to him, and doing it in a fashion that never seemed to be the Woods way. 

Woods has had some great moments this year, both at the start of Abu Dhabi and Pebble Beach. He has failed to close either of those events out for one reason or the other, much like any other professional golfer does at times when the trophy doesn’t end up in their outgoing luggage. And when the putt slipped by the hole at a match play event in the early part of the 2012 PGA Tour season, things seemed eerily normal. For the first time in the history of the Tiger era, a missed putt on his behalf seemed like the only logical conclusion. 

This game is a testy witch at times. Tiger feels that now as much as ever. 

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:05 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Clawhammer, you could be describing Mickelson. ("...arrogant, cocky, rude.") C'mon, dig a little deeper. Tiger has always stood in better stead among his peers than does Phil. Perhaps even now this remains true; after all, Tiger only hid his sins from prying eyes, whereas blondie's hypocrisy on the subject is legendary in and around the locker room.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:56 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

JWBlakstad, your schadenfreude is showing. Quick, man, cover it up, before your loved ones come to see you as you see Tiger Woods.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:48 am

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Maybe Tiger needs to take some putting lessons from his niece Cheynne Woods, captain of Wake Forest Golf team as she sees to be on a tear. Tiger needs to relax and play golf...and ignore the commentary...

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:32 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Bye Tiger!

Get used to it. You are an average pro golfer now, that's it. You used to be great, but not anymore. You have always been an ass on the course, arrogant, cocky, rude. The media still acts and hopes as though you are the are not. Golfers are not only unafraid of you now, they relish the chance to beat you.

You still make some amazing golf shots......just as EVERY PGA golfer does, but you follow it up with shots into the woods that I can do, and miss putts that I can make. You will eventually probably win a tourney, heck MAYBE even another major, but doubtful. Your run is over. I hope you enjoy your humble pie.

Your numbers are undeniable, but in my humble opinion, you will NEVER be in the same class as guys like Nicklaus, Palmer, Watson, or Mickelson!

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 9:24 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

AMEN!!! for being a media member to not fall all over him, the way Golf Channel and seemingly every other golf related web site do. Three weeks of Tiger in Golf Channel's shameless plug commercials...he is ORDINARY people!  Yep, he may win something again, but I do not see him breaking Jack's record and I sincerely hope he never wins another major.

All the behavior that may have been swept away because he was so dominating in winning, people can see the kind of rude, punkish behavior he exhibits, and also his loud-mouthed, overbearing fans.  Get a LIFE people - there are so many golfers in the world, heck in the US, who are better than he is...and now maybe we will see them play the next few days...

But wait - because GC and NBC will probably spend more time the next few days covering him and why he sad for the better golfers in the field who are left...  

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:11 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Who is Shane Bacon and how is he allowed to have stories posted on a major website like  Isn't there some kind of editor to check for the countless errors in this story?  This is middle school level writing, and makes me consider changing careers.

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:57 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Real original...much like your handle...

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:42 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

the best part of tiger being out of  match play....maybe the media will give some credit to the other PGA golfers that ARE playing

championship caliber golf.  too much time is spent on tiger's "hardships". wouldn't it be great to see the CURRENT real stars of the

game getting their due day in the limelight?  for those who wish to live in the past, that's fine....i realize tiger's value to the game's

financial aspect, but if a sport builds it's foundation on ONE athlete then they are doomed to a precipitous downward plunge when

that athlete is no longer the dominant force. they'll have to find a "new tiger" real soon.

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:35 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

So Watney beats tiger and they interview tiger first after the match.They did not interview a single loser today except him.Just face it people he will never again dominate,too many good golfers these days.Had he had competition like this earlier in his career,he would not have won so much.The media overhypes him bigtime,its like tebow and lin all over again.Also the swearing is getting ridiculous,heard him cuss many times today.

Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:20 pm

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

I enjoy watching golf swings and the reactions that follow. Toughest sports game ever invented and a humbling experience for even the most proficient players. The most bothersome aspects in viewing golf on TV are slow play, advertising, having to listen to the talking heads that are hired to give commentary and only viewing the leaders for the majority of TV time. Tiger should be able to win another 5 majors and 40 more titles before he retires. I wish all who play this most difficult game successes more that failures.

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