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Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: May 12, 2011 10:58 am
 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla . -- Tiger Woods stood behind the ninth green on Thursday and wondered aloud at what had just transpired.

On a day in which good shots were few and far between, not to mention few and far afield, he has just bombed his second shot on the par-5 hole over the green on the fly and into an oak tree behind the green. It was a towering shot that was seemingly in the air forever.

He handed the club back to caddie Steve Williams and said, "I just hit it 290 with a 5-wood?"

Even the rare good shots turned out porrly for the fading, former world No. 1 in the first round of the Players Championship, and he finished with a bogey before withdrawing for the second consecutive year.

A moment latrer, he handed his golf glove to Williams and his scorecard to playing partner Martin Kaymer and told them he was punching out after nine holes.

"I am having a hard time walking," Woods said.
 
Not to mention a difficult time scoring. He shot 6-over 42 on the front nine and was tied for last when he decided to head to the TPC Sawgrass locker room, visibly limping.

It was downhill from the start for Woods, who pulled up lame after hitting is first tee shot of the day, a draw that missed the fairway. Woods said that as he pushed into the 3-wood, his knee began to throb. His second shot was no better. He was forced to stand in the pine straw to make his second swing of the day. That's the same type of lie he faced that landed him in his current predicament -- Woods injured a knee and Achilles hitting a ball out of the pine straw in the final round four weeks ago at Augusta National.

This time, Woods lost traction on his downswing and instantly muttered, "freaking foot slipped," as he hit the shot fat and the ball came up well short of the green. He made bogey and the early tone was set.

"The pine straw didn't help because the foot slipped," he said afterward.

After muffing a flop shot on the easy second hole and settling for a par, Woods hit two balls in the water on the fourth, where the green is fronted by a pond, including ann awful wedge shot from 45 yards in a closely mowed drop zone that caromed off the wooden bulkhead surrounding the green clanged into the middle of the hazard.

The knee was not the issue. That was pure rust and poor execution. He chunked three wedges in nine holes, including on the ninth.

"The pitch shots weren't [because of the injury]," he said. "Those were just bad shots. Awful." 

Woods eventually found the green and made an 18-footer for a triple bogey at the fourth. Moments later, he grimaced in apparent pain after he badly missed the fifth green, from 160 yards out and the middle of the fairway, and made another bogey, dropping to 5 over through five holes and into dead last among those in the morning wave in 72nd place.

After his tee shot found the fairway at the sixth, his approach from 123 yards plopped into a greenside bunker, though he managed to save par. On one of the trickiest short-game tracks on the PGA Tour, Woods only found one of the first six greens in regulation.

In 13 career starts, Woods had never missed the cut at Sawgrass or posted a score higher than 75. He withdrew after seven holes on Sunday last year with a neck issue.

Because of the leg injuries, Woods didn't practice or play for four weeks heading into this week's event, and only played nine holes at Sawgrass on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation. He has played 16 competitive stroke-play rounds in the States all season.

Woods dropped to No. 8 in the world ranking this week, his lowest position since before he won his first Masters title in April, 1997.

As though Woods didn't look lost enough, his playing partners, Matt Kuchar and Martin Kaymer, are two of the steadiest players on the planet and were both 2 under through the first six holes, seven shots better than Woods.

 

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Even Roberto Duran feels Cheetah quit.



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:40 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

He probably had a HO to go do. Maybe he can pray to his buddist statue and make whatever is hurting him feel better. I use to pull for him over the Naturalist Phil Miklison. But now they are both Atheist are far as I am concerned. 


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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:58 am
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Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:28 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Well when you haven't hit a golf ball in over a month and your knee hurts, why do you even enter. He thinks he can still master courses with raw power and his age and knees are catching up with him. I think also, he's more involved with moving into his palace and designing golf courses and hopefully spending quality time with his kids than practising. He's probley got more money than all of us together on these boards. Me thinks the passion is gone and it's up to him if he wants it back.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:43 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

SO what...the steroid abuse, the women chasing,....it's all caught up with him.  He wasn't hurt..just a way to drop out because he just doesn't give a crap about golf anymore.  Here is a classic example of a guy that everything and it wasn't enough.  Karma is not kind



Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 5:55 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

Poor Tiger.  Hopefully on the way home he was able to find a Denny's and willing waitress to nurse his aliments.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:52 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

One word, Karma.



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:59 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

27 for me LOL FINCBS



Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:58 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

LETS FIRST OF ALL try to understand the CBS scoring system! 
  anyone with such stupid comments can score 144 that absoulutly has NO CLUE about a golf comment. HEY DIPSHITTHUNDERPANTS !! MAYBE She moved close to her xhusband so the kids can be close to thier Dad? Is that so "trashy".....? I had a hard time even typing that word it was so OFF BASE.
IF you to pick on Tiger dont go below the belt. he got issues no doubt, BUT your commentary lacks substance, style and class !!! 144 ...144  wow !! Where is Tim Donahooo when you need him ???



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:14 am
 

Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown

It has become tiresome to follow the drama surrounding the Tiger Woods circus.  How is it possible to withdraw from Quail Hollow last week, then commit to the Players, given the serious nature of a Knee AND an Achilles injury?  It was a reach at best to come back in such short order.  He continues to make poor decisions, and very obviously hasn't put together any type of golf game.  The Swing Coach hasn't done him any good at all, and has put his head in a completely different place when it comes to managing his golf game..In the end, it all has been about decison making for Tiger, he has derived the result of his choices, and it has become a very sad story.....He may never win again......


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