Tiger consistently inconsistent

Joe Zenzola
April 08, 2018 - 5:01 pm

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Raise your hand if you expected a little more from Tiger Woods this weekend.

Yeah…I’m disappointed like all of you.

‘Consistently, inconsistent’ is probably the best way to describe Tiger Woods’ week at The Masters. In fact, one could argue that we did not watch Tiger Woods himself this week; rather, we saw the ‘Bizarro Tiger’.

Since when does Tiger Woods dominate off the tee, and struggle in every other area of his game?

Showing constant aggressiveness with the driver, Bizarro Tiger did everything right from the tee box, putting himself in numerous situations to attack flagsticks. Too often, Tiger’s ball striking from the fairway was miscalculated. His pitching and chipping around the greens lacked control and feel.

His putter provided very little magic. He admitted to CBS after he finished on Sunday, “I putted awful”.

Tiger gave himself more work than he should have. When par saves were critical to keep the momentum going, he failed. When legitimate birdie looks became imperative to make, he could not drop them. One of his worst moments came on Sunday at the 7th. He blew his short birdie chance past the hole, and then missed it again coming back for par.

He failed to do anything on the Par 5s on Thursday; Woods went backwards in the second round, nearly missing the cut. He then started his third round with two ugly bogeys. It wasn’t until the back nine on Sunday where Tiger finally got on a run that everyone had been begging for.

After rounds of 73, 75, and 72, Tiger shot a 69 to close out his final round, which included a 33 on that second nine (one eagle, two birdies, and a disappointing bogey at 18). Even though bogeys hurt his score on the front nine, Tiger was five under overall on the Par 5s (compared to Rd 1: E, Rd 2: -2, Rd: 3 +1). I was happy to see him finish relatively strong by capitalizing on those holes. Tiger's full scorecard here.

It has not been announced where Tiger will play next; he told CBS that he’s going to take some time off to work more on his game. I’m guessing we’ll see him at Quail Hollow in the coming weeks (hopefully sooner).

Can’t wait for what’s to come. All Tiger can do is look for more rhythm and consistency in his golf game. I think he’s more than capable of winning this year on Tour based on his early returns this season.

Oh, and by the way, he still has three more cracks at winning a Major…

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