Fanhouse caught this Not Safe For Work tirade Tiger Woods hissed after missing a short par putt on the 13th hole of his third round. After shooting a quiet first-round 67, Woods appeared poised to get everyone who was ridiculing/questioning him off his back — and the British press would have front-row seats for the TAKE-THAT win. But Woods has since shot a pair of 73s to fall 12 strokes off the lead. (But he’s only four strokes out of fourth, so at least he can still keep that streak alive.)
Woods missed four eagle putts on Saturday (not a crime in itself considering the Old Course’s massive greens), but he didn’t turn those chances into much. Woods only managed three birdies on his round, three-putting three times and finishing with 35 total putts. Barring the entire front page of the leader board choking, or a 17-hole storm that misses the one hole Woods is playing throughout the day, the world’s No. 1 player has buried his chance of winning his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open. (But on the bright side, Phil Mickelson — who is at 4-under — won’t pass him in the world rankings!)
This is now the fourth straight major where Woods has put himself into “Uh-oh, look who’s making a move” position, before losing in what used to be unfamiliar fashion. At last year’s PGA, he was on the wrong end of a five-stroke swing, blowing his first 54-hole lead at a major. At the Masters, he was two off the lead after 36 holes, and appeared to be in F-U mode after taking such a beating in the press post fire hydrant, but his arch-rival Mickelson out-sprinted him to the finish. At the U.S. Open, all Woods needed to do was shoot an even-par 71 in the final round — and he fought to post 75.
Woods didn’t get quite that close this week, falling short in the nostalgia department at the site of one of his historic wins/this-will get-him-back-on-track courses for the second straight major.
Of course, no one’s game gets dissected and scrutinized as closely as Woods’. Examining Mickelson, Lee Westwood or Steve Stricker in the same light would make them sound like journeymen.
But Woods is a victim of actually living up to the hype. And now that he’s not — even though it’s for the short span of seven majors — it’s confusing. Are we ever going to see Tiger “I’m going to beat your brains out” Woods again, ala the Stephen Ames 9 and 8 match play trashing after he felt disrespected?
Because the doubters are mounting, and he’s not shutting them up like he normally does.