Watching Woods a painful chore

Tiger Woods on that slippery slope to competitive irrelevance (Harry How/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods on that slippery slope to competitive irrelevance (Harry How/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods isn’t Tiger Woods anymore.

Now, he’s Willie Mays hitting .211 and stumbling around in the outfield in his final season, as a New York Met.

He’s Muhammad Ali being carried at the end by Trevor Berbick.

He’s Johnny Unitas, throwing for 19 yards and two interceptions in his last meaningful playing time – as a San Diego Charger.

This is the morbid territory we now tread with Woods, who at only 39 should not be shooting 80 in the first round of a U.S. Open because golf greatness is not supposed to vanish that quickly.

You’re not that good at this game and turn that embarrassingly bad before your 40th birthday. Hence all the confusion over the state of Woods at the moment.

After 40, Jack Nicklaus won five more times as a pro, including three majors.

Ben Hogan turned 41 the year he won three majors, and that was four years after almost dying in a highway accident.

Sam Snead kept collecting titles by the bushel into his late 40s.

To watch Woods now is to experience an entirely foreign type of sensation, the kind they must have felt in the final days of Mays and Ali and Unitas. It doesn’t really matter on which side of the great Tiger Divide you have found yourself over the years, you have to be feeling it, too. A reaction you never could have imagined to a figure such as Woods.

A sadness bordering on pity.

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Harlemdawg
Harlemdawg

I agree its very possible he took ped's..his body definitely changed after the 97 masters. I could see them helping him get from tee to green. But does that explain how he didn't miss a short putt that mattered for 10 years, and now he can't seem to buy one? Or how he went from all those great chips...to the yips? He is now officially a head case. Karma is a mother!

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

It's hard for me to feel to sorry for a guy worth about a half billion dollars?

IHATEPOLITICIANS
IHATEPOLITICIANS

I think what happened to Tiger is he tried to make a perfect golf swing and it just won't  happen.  Golf is a cruel enough game, no way he was going to ever have that perfect swing.  And, I agree that maybe the PED he did are telling on now.

dtanner311
dtanner311

and i am loving every minute of watching this a-hole make a fool of himself,could'nt happen to a nicer or more deserving jerk

freezboy
freezboy

Didn't hurt me none...his first wife did though

LADawg
LADawg

Look at the sports characters, I can't call them athletes, who used PEDs. They have not aged well. Tiger looks old beyond his years and totally broken down. The PGA's virtually non-extent drug screening program during Tiger's heyday ensured the cash cow stayed at the top. Now, his body is paying the price just as with all the other PED junkies.


PED can also stand for Performance Eliminating Drugs.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

A little off the subject but that course is butt ugly.  Two cadies and one player injured while walking in the fairway.  Talk about " A Good Walk Spoiled.'  I hope Jason Day can play today.  That vertigo is a bummer.

LADawg
LADawg

@Quackmeyer The Fox broadcasts have become comical with their parade of USGA mouthpieces who's only purpose for getting airtime is to extol the virtues of that sorry excuse for a major championship golf course. A picture certainly is worth a thousand words. I can't believe amateur golfers would waste their time on that course.

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

@LADawg @Quackmeyer Chambers Bay is the equivalent of Smyrna's Steel Canyon.  And yes it's sad that the network announcers have to go out of their way to say how "fair" and successful it is, and how there's no doubt that the course will host future majors.  The USGA has to answer for this one, there's no way a course this new (and odd or gimmicky) should handle an Open.

Dman
Dman

Carma's a biiiiiiiitchhhhhhh!!!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Tiger may have fallen from a greater height, but he isn't the first golfer who has seen his game fall apart.  David Duval was challenging Tiger for #1 in 1998 and 1999 - he won the British Open in 2001 and then his game fell apart and he was only 30.

Seve Ballesteros won 5 majors before he was 31 - which is 5 more than Phil had won at that age - and never won another after that.  He won another 14 tourneys but the last one was when he was 38.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@PaulinNH  Once Duval decided he needed to re-shape his body he lost his swing.

GTBob
GTBob

If its a chore then turn the channel.

patriotdog
patriotdog

He's an embarrassment to himself and the game. Drift away, leave the game for a couple of years, and retire if the

desire isn't there.

Truthyness
Truthyness

I feel bad for Woods, but you got to admit he sort of brought this on himself. Every since he divorced his wife for cheating on her he has not done well. But it goes to show, I believe he is too nice. He won more tournaments when he was a jerk. I remember people stating if they were him they would show so much humility. Humble people don't win. Winning has got to be the most important thing to you. I do not believe he has the same fire.