Pouting, limping, wincing, grimacing and sarcastically laughing- things that you’d perhaps associate with your toddler son or daughter, or war veteran uncle, but not with the #1 player in the world. Unfortunately for those of us watching at home, those words perfectly sum up Tiger Woods’ game and attitude during this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Thursday’s first round at the Tour Championship was an opportunity for a fresh start for Tiger, as after a brutal t-65th at the Deutsche Bank Championship and a wobbly penalty/bizarre comments-ridden t-11th at the BMW Championship, this was his chance to put it all to rest with a solid opening round at East Lake. Instead, Tiger slapped his way around Bobby Jones’ home track on the way to to a sloppy 15 par, 3 bogey and ZERO birdie round. The 3-over-par score of 73 put him in solo 29th and second-to-last position. It was Tiger’s first birdie-less round since the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open.
It’s golf, and bad rounds happen, I’m not bashing Tiger for a bad score. But this was more than just an off day. It was yet another example of Tiger’s piss poor attitude when he’s playing badly and also a reminder that his post-HGH full body breakdown is still well underway. Over the course of the past 3-4 seasons on Tour, Tiger has completely mailed it in when playing poorly, and today was no exception (at least this time we didn’t have to listen to his get-me-out-of-here post-round interview– he declined).
Maybe it’s his lingering injuries, maybe it’s just that he really doesn’t care about anything other than majors anymore (if he does, he should change his focus since he’s 0-fer since June of ’08) and maybe, in fact most likely, he really just can’t wait for the season to be over. Expect a total mailed-in performance the rest of the week to the tune of a t-22nd finish, and in fact, I’ll make a BOLD prediction right now. Tiger will pull out of the Presidents Cup citing yet another injury following this year’s Tour Championship, a tournament that he has always hated…and at this point, Team USA would be far better off without him anyway.