Tiger Woods lost to Thomas Bjorn in 19 holes during the first round of the Match Play Championship. Tiger, who was down to the Great Dane for most of the day, extended the match by draining a 10-footer for birdie on No. 18. After pushing it in the desert on the first extra hole, Tiger had some trouble getting out of the brush, giving the advantage to Bjorn, who knocked his approach over the green. Tiger’s putt for bogey never had a chance and he conceded the match to Bjorn.
When Roger Maltbie asked Tiger where he was in his “process,” Tiger replied candidly, “Pissed, that’s where I am right now. I had the momentum and I blew.”
Tiger and Bjorn chatted during their long handshake when the match was over.
“Thomas is one of my good friends,” said Tiger. “He’s a class act.”
So much for Vintage Tiger, huh? — Isleworth practice buddy John Cook made headlines last week when he said Tiger Woods’ swing changes “clicked” during a practice session on the range. Like I said in the latest edition of PGA Tour Confidential, I don’t care how Tiger is hitting the ball while he’s practicing at home with his pals. I’ll start listening when I see it in tournament play.
Where will we see Tiger next? When Maltbie asked Tiger whether or not he was adding a tournament onto his traditional calendar, Tiger politely replied, “I’m not in the mood to talk about that.”
There have been rumblings we might see Tiger at next week’s Honda Classic. He has a house in Jupiter, after all. But judging from what we saw today, he might have a few things to work on at the driving range with instructor Sean Foley.
Former swing coach Hank Haney tweeted a subtle jab, writing, “For all the talk of Tiger’s poor driving the last 6 years I have never seen him drive it out of play with a match or tournament on the line.”
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)