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Tiger Woods’ Recurring Nightmare

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:25 Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:15

by Alfie Lau
 

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Do you remember Wayne Gretzky scoring 9 goals in his final season as an NHLer while with the New York Rangers?
 
Or Gretzky, as the coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, having to tell his buddy Brett Hull, after just four games, that Hull should hang them up?
 
That’s what happens when legends lose to the still undefeated Father Time.
 
And with that introduction, we bring you to the sad saga that is Tiger Woods, who shot a (+3) round of 75 during the opening round of the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, with only two birdies and five bogeys.

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Woods Comes to PGA with Modest Goal: Get Better

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 22:30 Tuesday, 11 August 2015 22:21

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods knows the concept of going through a transition, just not the numbers associated with this one.

His world ranking is No. 278. Throw out some of the past champions and the 20 club pros at the PGA Championship, and his ranking is the worst of all but two players at Whistling Straits — Nick Taylor and Darren Clarke.

He has not won a tournament in two years, and he has only one top 10 on the PGA Tour since.

And while his winless streak in the majors is at 23 dating to the 2008 U.S. Open, only once in the last six years has he gone into the final round within three shots or fewer of the lead. That was at Muirfield two years ago, and he closed with a 74 to finish five shots behind.

This is the new world of Woods at the majors. Expectations are lower than ever.

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Tiger’s Schedule Depends on PGA Championship

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 20:58 Tuesday, 04 August 2015 20:49

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods took a pass on playing an opposite-field event this week in Nevada, meaning his season could end next week at the PGA Championship.

Or maybe not.

Woods floated the idea of playing the Wyndham Championship the week after the PGA Championship, which is the final regular PGA Tour event for players to get into the top 125 and qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods tied for 18th at the Quicken Loans National last week, though that was only enough for him to move up a whopping 12 spots to No. 185.

“Just win. It’s not real complicated,” Woods said of his playoff prospects “I’m not playing Reno this week or Bridgestone. ... By playing well in the PGA, that determines whether or not I’ll play Wyndham, and obviously the rest of the FedEx Cup playoffs.”

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Tiger Woods Running Out of Chances to Salvage Season

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:35 Wednesday, 29 July 2015 06:20

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

GAINESVILLE, Virginia (Ben Nuckols/AP) — Tiger Woods knows he's played poorly over the past two years. Now, he's facing the prospect of an early end to his season.

Normally, the Quicken Loans National would be the beginning of a busy stretch of golf for Woods, including the year's final major, a World Golf Championship and the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Not this year. Barring a dramatic turnaround, this week's tournament will be his second-to-last before the new PGA Tour season begins in the fall.

Woods is 197th in the FedEx Cup standings — the top 125 make the playoffs — and he needs a victory just to be eligible for next week's Bridgestone Invitational, on a course where he's won eight times. His last victory was at Firestone two years ago.

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From the Fairway: Tiger’s Design Makes the Turn at Bluejack

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:57 Tuesday, 30 June 2015 18:53

Bluejack NationalMONTGOMERY, Texas (Bluejack National) — Despite the recent rain, steady progress continues on the golf course at Bluejack National.

Presently, more than 70 acres of grass have been installed, with only 30 remaining. From tee to green, the front nine is fully sodded and sprigged.

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