After teasing the golf world Friday with an encouraging 66 at the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods imploded Saturday with a dreadful 74 to confirm the news everyone didn’t want to hear – TIGER WOODS IS DONE.
Saturday was classic post-scandal Woods. His tee shots sprinkled miles left, miles right, with no real idea of where they might end up. The two-time tournament winner of the event fell from 5th… to 42nd.
Watching Woods on Saturday was like watching a mathematician with dementia. The once-great Woods seemingly could not remember how to swing a golf club, spraying the ball in places only spectators and animals are permitted to go.
Woods sits at 5-under par with a 54-hole total of 208, nine strokes behind leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell.
“I never quite felt comfortable,” Woods said of his swing. “It was a fight all day.”
That was putting it mildly. Woods completely failed to take advantage of the soft conditions and missed the first six fairways. If another man’s head was on Woods’ body, you might have thought a single-digit handicapper had teed it up.
Woods – unlike any other man in the field – failed to hit the first six fairways. One low point came at hole number eight, an easy par-5 that was a certain birdie for the old Woods. After smashing a massive drive, Woods overcooked his second shot, wound up on some wood chips and – almost miraculously (in the worst possible way) – made a bogey.
The back nine was even worse. A double bogey and two bogeys summed up another disastrous day in Woods’ post-modern golfing life. In typical Woods fashion, he managed to find positives.
“Thank god my short game is back,” he said. “It’s the best I’ve felt with the putter, and I rolled it pure.”
Tiger tees off Sunday not one of the contenders but a mere back-marker. With 18 holes left, Sunday will be processional for Woods. Who would’ve ever thought we’d be saying this?