An 85 – and at a tournament he has won eight times.
The Tiger collapse continues…
Woods looked both stunned and at times distraught while navigating the Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village golf course he once dominated just a few years ago. Nothing was working for the former world number one. Tee shots flew wide, irons were both short and long, chips were mediocre at best, and inconsistent putting continues to plague him.
And how ironic this latest, career-worst collapse took place at the event hosted by the same man Woods was once hoping to eclipse by besting Nicklaus’s 18 PGA major tournament wins?
The 85 is causing more than a few ripples in the golfing world and renewed rumors of an imminent Tiger Woods retirement from the game of golf he once played at a level never before seen.
Tiger has not won a professional golf tournament in over two years, and has gone without a major win in seven years. Interestingly that last major win came in 2008, the very year the PGA began mandatory testing for performance-enhancing drugs. Since 2008 Woods has performed far more erratically on tour than before the then-newly implemented drug policy was initiated.
Perhaps, but certainly it has more than a few speculating as to the cause of the former world number one’s stunning collapse.
Whatever the cause, there is no doubt that one of the greatest golfers of any era has been reduced to a middling-at-best golf pro who appears increasingly uncertain within a game he once ruled over. Be it physical, mental, or both, Tiger Woods now ranks among the greatest career collapses in the history of professional sports.
The question that yet remains is if he is still capable of staging perhaps the greatest comeback in sports as well…
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