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The Tiger Woods meltdown? Analyst says it was as a result of an ‘uncommon’ sin


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Tiger Woods on Friday on the fifteenth gap at Albany Golf Course.

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Tiger Woods was magical to a youthful Jordan Spieth. The nice pictures have been good and all. However it was what he did after the not-so-good ones that was actually memorable. 

Woods, Spieth stated, forgot about them.

“The primary factor that struck me each spherical that we’ve performed collectively is that he’ll get mad, however he gained’t get unfavorable,” Spieth stated a couple of years again on a podcast. “I’ve by no means heard him get unfavorable. And I’m attempting to take that into my recreation, the place I’ve been much less mad and extra unfavorable. He’ll hit a shot, and he’ll let himself find out about it. However it’s mad. It’s not, ‘I can’t determine this out.’ There’s no can’t. Or ‘I’m combating this.’ 

“It’s actually simply him to himself, will get the anger out after which strikes on.”

All of this brings us to Friday. 

When, in the course of the Hero World Problem second spherical, he’d been enjoying nicely in his first occasion since April, when he had undergone an ankle process. 4 birdies by way of seven holes on the Albany Golf Course within the picturesque Bahamas. On the thirteenth, he was nonetheless at that quantity. Then Woods missed a putt from slightly below a yard away and bogeyed. Then he missed a 2-footer for birdie on 14. 

Then, on 15, he dumped his second shot, from the center of the green, into the fitting greenside bunker. And from there, Woods began to soften down. With little inexperienced to work with, he raced his sand shot 33 toes previous the outlet. 

Then he putted his ball about 30 toes previous. It ran by the left facet of the outlet. It completed again within the bunker. He had putted off the inexperienced. 

“I imply, it’s shake-your-head type of stuff,” announcer Dan Hicks stated on the Golf Channel broadcast. 


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Notably, on the printed, Hicks was speaking with Dr. Pawan Munjal, the CEO of the event’s sponsors, Hero MotoCorp. After Woods’ putt, Woods underhand threw his putter towards his bag, began to place his glove again on, grabbed his wedge from fill-in caddie and confidante Rob McNamama and labored his manner again into the bunker. He took two observe swings, hit out to 14 toes, walked out and grabbed his putter again from McNamara. 

From there, he made his bogey six. However what might need occurred on shot 4? The primary putt, again into the bunker?

On the printed, analyst Curt Byrum, additionally a former professional, had a thought. 

After studying the introduction to the story, you in all probability know the place that is going. 

“I feel he was so upset within the tactical error of lacking left within the bunker on his second shot, it carried over, which is uncommon,” Byrum stated. “However it carried over to the bunker shot and the putt.” 

Later within the broadcast, analysts Smylie Kaufman and Paul McGinley, additionally former professionals, famous that too.  

Mentioned Kaufman on the printed: “Kinda simply watched all that unfold over the past 30, 45 minutes with Tiger and actually it was simply that one shot he hit within the bunker that he simply didn’t take that additional breath on that putt, give it the right period of time, the putt he hit within the bunker. Bought to remain in grind mode right here to the end.” 


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Mentioned McGinley on the printed: “Not like him to lose his poise like he did there on the par-5.”

In fact, these items occur. However from Woods? A day earlier, he admitted he made psychological errors throughout his first spherical and blamed these on rust, so this may be that. 

At two factors in his post-round press convention, he was requested about his putt on 15. No, he stated, there was not a scarcity of focus. No, he additionally stated, he couldn’t recall placing right into a bunker earlier than. 

“Not that I can — not that I can bear in mind,” Woods stated. “That was not a great putt. It was downwind and I hit it manner too laborious. It acquired occurring the wind and acquired occurring the grain and was gone. 

“The mindset, I used to be clearly ticked. On the finish of the day, it was higher than yesterday.”

As for tomorrow? He begins his third spherical at 11:43 a.m. on Saturday. 

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s accountable for modifying, writing and growing tales throughout the golf house. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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