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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tiger's OUT?

Wow. That's all I can say... wow.

Tiger set some new records Friday at the Quail Hollow Championship... records he probably isn't happy about, but I guess it goes with the territory. When you set so many great records, you're bound to set a few bad ones.

Tiger shot 74-79 for a 153 total. He took a 43 on his last nine Friday, which is what really killed his chances. But hey, it's only his 6th missed cut as a professional; as Nick Faldo said, that's just ridiculous. He hit only 6 fairways in two rounds, the worst he's ever done; and while he hit a lot of greens, he didn't put the ball where he needed to in order to get many easy putts. And to make matters worse, he played with Angel Cabrera, who was only one stroke off the lead.

In some ways I think this struggle is good for Tiger. He's probably the best to ever play the game, and he'll figure this out just like he always does. But if it had been too easy for Tiger to make his comeback after all his troubles, he might not have appreciated what he's had as much. He's used to controlling everything, so this is a new sensation for him. He'll probably be a better golfer when this is done.

I'll give him this, though, and I think it's a major accomplishment for him. We know he wasn't happy about his play -- he didn't pretend he was -- but he didn't curse (at least, not that we could hear on TV) and he didn't throw clubs. He did take time to answer questions, something he would never have done in the past, and he even managed to smile and make a few sarcastic jokes about himself. I liked his comment that he'd get to see "how real players play" this weekend; it may have been said out of disgust with himself, but there was no apparent impatience with the media when he said it.

I'm giving him high marks on how he's handled himself this week, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he does next week at the Players.

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