Tiger Woods (Wikimedia Commons)
Over the last several months, Tiger Woods has struggled significantly with his golf game. He is 142nd in driving accuracy, 93rd in putting average, 134th in putts per round and 124th in greens in regulation percentage from the fairway bunker.
But on Thursday, his struggles went to new career lows. On a course he has dominated in the past, Woods shot a +4 after round one, and after a poor performance of +2 on Friday, sits at +6 and is 75th out of 82 golfers at the World Golf Championship’s Bridgestone Invitational this weekend from Akron, Ohio.
Woods’ domination of Akron in years past is an understatement. He has won the tournament 7 out of 10 times. In 2000, he beat runner-up Justin Leonard in Akron by 11 strokes.
Unfortunately for Tiger he has no where to hide on the weekend. At the World Golf Championships, all 82 golfers entered make the cut. So unless Woods does the Robert Allenby route and pull out because of injury, he is faced to continue to plug away at Akron on Saturday and Sunday, and will continue to hear criticism from the Golf Channel/CBS if he doesn’t speak to their reporters afterwords.
So what’s wrong with Tiger? I think he has finally drained mentally. I think the negative press about his sex life has finally caught up with him, and I think he needs to be a little bit more aggressive on the golf course as a whole, because unlike just a few years ago, the world is no longer afraid of Mr. Woods.
This week he has the potential to be passed by two golfers in the World Golf Ranking. Yes, Masters Champion Phil Mickelson and the recently ailing Lee Westwood (playing with a sore ankle) have the potential to move into number one.
There is also the issue of the Ryder Cup now becoming an issue. His poor performances on the PGA Tour have him outside the top eight in the American Ryder Cup Standings. Woods, who is currently sitting ninth in the standings, would have to be picked by US Captain Corey Pavin, if the standings were to be decided today.