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The End Of The Tiger Era – Again

Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 13:07 Friday, 19 June 2015 12:34

by Alfie Lau
 

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The epitaph has been written several times this year already.
 
It came after an 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the subsequent missed cut.
 
It came a week later when after only 11 holes, a WD and a hurried rush to the parking lot, where an impromptu press conference was held only because his car was blocked by camera stands and reporters.
 
It came two weeks ago when he shot 85 at The Memorial in the third round, a score not even a 14-handicapper would take.
 
And now, we come here to praise and to bury the great golf career that spawned 14 Major titles for Tiger Woods.

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Tiger’s Story is Getting Old, Yet He Keeps Repeating It

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:37 Wednesday, 17 June 2015 05:25

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Tim Dahlberg/AP) — The questions come less often, largely because the story is getting old.

Or maybe it’s just that no one really believes anymore, even Tiger Woods himself.

The downfall of the greatest player of his time can be measured in any number of ways, whether it’s his current ranking of 195th in the world or the 85 Woods shot just a few weeks ago in a Memorial tournament he has won five times.

One of the most telling, though, may have come from the youngest player in the U.S. Open, a 15-year-old from Texas named Cole Hammer who said his first memory of watching golf on television was watching Woods pump his fist after forcing a playoff he would eventually win at Torrey Pines.

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Tiger Watch: Summer Rewind with Tiger Woods

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 07:07 Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:50

alt(Nike Golf) For golf athletes, summer is a three-month promise land: a time to attack the pin, to get up early to work out the offseason rust and stay out late to perfect their game.

Nike Golf athlete Tiger Woods knows what it’s like to live and breathe the game of golf during the summer. He didn’t win 14 majors by pressing snooze on his alarm or relaxing by the pool. Growing up in Cypress, California, Woods would be anxious for school to break for the summer so he could spend his days on the course.

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Nicklaus Talks Tiger, But Questions Change to What’s Wrong

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 19:07 Tuesday, 09 June 2015 18:58

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DUBLIN, Ohio (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jack Nicklaus gets asked more about Tiger Woods than he ever did about the golf ball.

The only difference is the nature of the question.

For the longest time, it used to be, “Do you think Tiger will break your record in the majors?” Now it has become, “What’s wrong with Tiger?”

The answer is the same. Nicklaus really doesn’t know.

Woods might not, either.

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Tiger Woods Humbled, But Not in Panic, Over His 85

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 03:31 Monday, 08 June 2015 03:20

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DUBLIN, Ohio (Doug Ferguson/AP) — One day after the worst score of his career, Tiger Woods played the final round of the Memorial just like it was any other Sunday.

He wore his red shirt. He played at the same pace. He tossed blades of grass in the air to judge the wind and crouched to read important putts. The only difference was he played as a single. He even removed a flagstick by himself when his caddie was busy raking a bunker.

“Just because I’m in last place doesn’t change how I play golf,” he said. “Whether it’s the first day or last day, doesn’t matter. Play all out.”

All out didn’t get him much.

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