Tiger Woods was beaten and humiliated at the U.S. Open Thursday when Chambers Bay decided it wasn’t going to take any prisoners.
The former world number one who once evoked adulation from galleries was watched by a healthy fan base who felt nothing but pity for the former golfing god.
There were the occasional screams of encouragement from a handful of drunk fans.
“Let’s go, Tiger! Long week, buddy! Long week! Let’s battle!” one man with a barrel belly screamed.
“We still believe, Tiger!” continued another man.
“You’re still The Man!” a third man said with a tinge of guilt, acknowledging he had just told a white lie.
Tiger Woods is no longer the man. In fact, he wasn’t even good enough to beat the 51-year-old Colin Montgomerie who somehow shot 69 to beat Tiger by 11 strokes. Nor was he good enough to beat 15-year-old Cole Hammer who was 3 strokes better than Tiger.
In typical Tiger fashion, his post-round interview was filled with denial about the desertion of his game.
“It’s just one of those things where I’ve got to work through it,” Woods said. “I’m trying as hard as I can, and for some reason I just can’t get it turned around with any consistency.”
A reporter asked Tiger if he is close to getting it turned around.
“I am,” he said. “When I do it right, it’s so easy. I just need to do it more often. … I fought. I fought hard. That was my number. I couldn’t grind out any harder than that.”
Tiger tees off on Friday morning needing a miracle just to make the cut.