Tiger Woods’ 1st round at St. Andrews was the most painful viewing experience I’ve ever had watching the once-great champion’s career. His rotten start to the 2015 British Open at St Andrews, where he shot an outrageously bad 76, puts him in danger of missing the weekend’s action. It’s also his worst round as a pro in The Open Championship.
Tiger Woods did it to us again this week. He fooled us into thinking his game was heading in the right direction during his oddly happy press conference Monday. Even I was conned. I thought after his decent showing at the Greenbrier Classic where he tied for 32nd, Woods might actually be able to challenge at his favorite golf course. Boy, was I an idiot for believing his hype.
His mistakes started on the first hole – perhaps the easiest opening hole in all of golf. It’s an iron off the tee, a wedge onto the green, and two putts to settle the nerves down. Nope, not for Tiger. A duffed tee shot, followed by a duffed second shot into the burn left fans shocked and bewildered.
The mistakes just kept coming. Woods was in trouble again on the second hole when his approach shot was woefully short of the green. His long part putt shaved the hole, and before he knew it, Woods was +2.
After Woods turned in 40, all I wanted to do was give him a hug. You could sense the embarrassment from a mile off. The once-indestructible Woods had crumbled again, this time on his greatest and most beloved track.
While the back nine was more serene for the former world No. 1, he tilted the cap to the fans on 18 and walks off the course, knowing that another major championship had gotten away from him.