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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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Comments

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:15 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

I think Tiger is slowly gearing up for the Masters. I bet he wins the thing. His game is improved over last year and his head seems to be coming around. He has lost that intimidation factor, that is huge. I still love golf and they could use the ratings boost. I did not him when he was winning all the time, I did not like what he did to his family. He is simply the best golfer I ever saw, better than Jack. I hope he breaks Jack record for major victories, but that is no longer a given.


The game needs him and sponcors will come back if ratings improve. It is time for Tiger to give something back to the game, the game needs him and I hope he can deliver. A green Jacket will certainly help. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:10 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

'holic, that was incredible.  Tiger caught himself earlier in the match, and I thought, "Good for you."  Did you hear what a gallery member shouted just seconds before that?  "Miss it, Watney!"  Oh, yeah, Woods has really "helped golf," hasn't he?

Shane, how about discussing this behavior by Woods and his followers?  Yesterday, GC tried to brush it off as a "Ryder Cup mentality," but today it continued and, last I heard, Nick Watney is American.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

There was a huge column on this dot com Wednesday featuring 'yellings' on how many times Eldrick had won this Match Play event and how many other times he did good at this and that..yadda yadda yadda.  I assumed this information was given to us as to set the stage for another Eldrick triumph. Victory was a given. But now, we read, Eldrick was playing a guy today that 'he should lose to'? What? I do not recall any talk of that until today. Guess Eldrick is beatable and it's about time y'all admit that.




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Thanks for a great article on America's 10th highest-ranked golfer: T32 Woods.

For a moment, I feared you might mention America's best, Steve Stricker.

When Woods finally wins an event, what song will the angels be singing?  I want to memorize the lyrics now, so I can sing along when it happens.

With Woods out of the way, do you think there will be any time to cover Rory or Martin or DJ?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

>>>The best part is that I will now be able to watch all of the matches on the course.

-Instead of Tiger pacing off yardage.
-Tiger picking his nose.
-Tiger swearing and throwing clubs.<<<<><

I used to feel like that back in the day, but now I enjoy watching all of Tiger's antics...because I get to see the missed putts and the subsequent losses.

I do wonder how long Tiger will continue to play. If he can't be the best, will he settle for coming in in the top 10 or lower for the rest of his career?





Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Hey Tiger why do you curse at God, he didn't miss the putt ,you did.Go cuss your coach,hookers,and caddy out,and then go home and watch the rest of the tournament on tv.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

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,
There was? I thought that was gas ... I've have been eatin burritos all day after all. Tiger this Tiger that .... blah blah blah blah blah. And FYI sparky ... the golf world would have been far more stunned if he got anywhere near winning anything.



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:40 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

The best part is that I will now be able to watch all of the matches on the course.

-Instead of Tiger pacing off yardage.
-Tiger picking his nose.
-Tiger swearing and throwing clubs.


Thanks Tiger, should be a great tourney now.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

Love it...to see this idiot fall to where he has is awesome!  He had the world in his hands and threw it all away.  Now if only the Golf World and ESPN would stop covering him and talking about him as if he is God even though he is completely irrelevant I could be happy. 



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:36 pm
 

Tiger Woods out in second round of match play

I get the general gist, but there are so many wording issues with this post that it is nearly unreadable. Frankly, I would be embarrassed to have my name attached to this.


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