After repeatedly defending Tiger Woods during his current 7-year major drought, we give up. He just shot his worst round in tournament play, 85–yes, 85 and finished dead last at a venue he’s owned and won at 5 times (the Memorial, Jack Nicklaus’s tourney). For the first time his career, Tiger played alone in the first group on Sunday given his last place standing.
Now on his 4th swing coach (Chris Como) and 4th major swing of his professional career, Tiger has become a shell of his former self. His driver is his nemesis, and the dreaded chipping yips that he overcame at the Masters appear to be back. Nothing in his game seems reliable.
On the Golf Channel, Notah Begay defended his friend Tiger and asked for patience of several more months to judge Tiger’s swing changes. But Tiger’s been working with Como for 8 months already. The results just have not materialized. At times, Tiger looks completely lost.
Others have correctly likened Tiger’s dramatic fall from the top golfer in the world to Seve Ballesteros’s career. Seve had to give up tournament competition because he couldn’t hit his driver straight. We’re also reminded of the more recent example of David Duval, who flamed out after winning his only major, succumbing to injuries and then the inability to recapture his swing.
Perhaps it’s only fitting that Tiger shot his worst round at Jack’s tournament. It was probably the final nail in the coffin in Tiger’s quest to beat Jack’s record of 18 majors. R.I.P.
courtesy of the golf blog