Woods shows us his worst (85, 302); we’ve seen last of his best

DUBLIN, OH – JUNE 07: Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 07:  Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole during the final round of the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

We can’t be certain if Tiger Woods will ever win another major (I vote: no), or win five more majors to break Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 (please) or for that matter whether he’ll win another tournament. But there’s not another pro athlete today who inspires less confidence in his ability to win again than Woods.

Sometimes, it’s mental. Sometimes, it’s physical. Sometimes, it’s mental. (I felt the need to type that twice.)

Some of us were fooled two months ago at the Masters when Woods finished at a relatively impressive 5-under-283. Given he was coming off a last place finish on his home course at Isleworth, a missed cut at the Phoenix Open and a withdrawal at the Farmers Insurance Open, 5-under over four rounds represented a quantum leap.

But Woods is a mess again. Playing in his 15th Memorial at Muirfield Village in Ohio — a tournament he has won five times — Woods committed a nightmarish exacta: 1) He shot an 85 on Saturday, the worst round of his career, including a quadruple bogey eight on the 18th hole; 2) Even with improving by 11 strokes Sunday, his 2-over-74 left him with the worst 72-hole finish of his career: 14-over-302, including a tournament-ending double bogey.

The 85 inspired his shot from former long-time Sports Illustrated writer and author Dan Jenkins:

“This is a lonely sport,” Woods told reporters in Dublin, Ohio. “The manager is not going to come in and bring the righty or bring the lefty. You’ve just got to play through it. And that’s one of the hardest things about the game of golf, and it’s also one of the best things about the game of golf. When you’re on, no one is going to slow you down. When you’re off, no one is going to pick you up, either. It’s one of those sports that’s tough. Deal with it.

“For us, unfortunately, you have those days and they’re five hours long.”

If his game was half as good as his comments, he would be on the leaderboard.

There is no reason to root against Woods (unless you just don’t like him). He’s great for golf and sports in general. But he has done very little on the golf course for years to lead anyone to believe he will consistently compete at a competitive level, let alone win tournaments.

He had made significant improvement at the Masters and, for what it’s worth, his personal life had stabilized, as he dated pro skier Lindsey Vonn. But Woods and Vonn announced last month that their three-year relationship had ended. Given Woods’ generally fragile mental state, it’s worth wondering if that has affected his golf.

Woods’ next tournament will be the U.S. Open beginning June 18 at Chambers Bay, just outside of Tacoma, Wash. Woods’ last major win came in the 2008 U.S. Open, when he won a playoff over Rocco Mediate.

But that was seven years ago. Enjoy the memories, because I doubt we’ll see him win another major.

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105 comments
SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Tiger Woods needs to get on his knees and say a Prayer ! ! !


Suffering the indignation of shooting a 85 and playing alone in the last round is Rare.


True golf fans still love you and Care.


Turn things around and catch the Bear.

Ron Mexico
Ron Mexico

Jeff knows golf. He wrote a derogatory column on McIlroy after the marker beat him at last year's Masters. All McIlroy did was win the last 2 majors of the year. 

As far as Tiger has fallen, it's still golf and he can turn it around at some point if he gets a little confidence. He's only 39 or 40. 

Wilbo
Wilbo

It's WAY past time!


I'm asking for help from all the people who read this witless untalented boob's terrible, unimaginative, unfunny blog. 


Now is a great time to ask the AJC to get rid of this clown and hire an actual professional to do this blog. I see your comments. I know you're sick of his poorly written, careless, unimaginative junk. Please make your opinion known to the AJC!


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Thank you. If this paper has any commitment to quality, they will move on to a more talented replacement for Jeff Schultz. Now is the time, don't be lazy, don't hope & think somebody else will call or write. You do it. Won't take you but a few minutes and maybe we can work together to bring the kind of quality writing to the AJC that readers deserve. 


Thank you very much. Please call or write today.

7576DAWG
7576DAWG

Sorry wrong Woods. Earlier I was reading about Atlanta's pitcher and thought I was on something still current.

7576DAWG
7576DAWG

Wood didn't deserve getting thrown out. The Umpire didn't talk loud enough so Wood could hear his reply to the fact that Wood though he should have gotten the corner pitches and when the Umpire had to repeat what he said he thought Wood was arguing with him. But that was not the issue here , Okay Wood got tossed , I wouldn't make anything of it. He rarely loses it , so he gets a pass BUT his sorry manager sure doesn't. Bobby Cox would have been in the Umpires face taking up for his pitcher until he got tossed. WHEN WILL THE BRAVES FIRE THIS GUY AND BRING IN A REAL PLAYERS MANAGER. 

Snitker is my top chose , after 30 something years I think he deserve more of a chance than the idiot currently in Atlanta.

Wilbo
Wilbo

@7576DAWG That crazy old fool Cox wasn't helping his team going nuts and getting tossed over and over. It became a very tired old act and a distraction from the game.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Great work!  Please, Geoff, many more articles about the last place finishers in golf tournaments.  So must print is wasted on the winners and "also ran's."  I think it is great that this last place finisher goes by the nickname "tiger."  It is like he's a dangerous predator that is only stalking professional golfers.

dtanner311
dtanner311

a balding old has been who's best day's are behind him, and i'm talking about tiger,not you jeff 

BCW1
BCW1

This picture is worth a 1,000 words...he looks tired, old, and frustrated! His biggest down fall right now is his personal life. I am not so sure his dad would be proud of him at this point!!!

Wilbo
Wilbo

It's WAY past time!


I'm asking for help from all the people who read this witless untalented boob's terrible, unimaginative, unfunny blog. 


Now is a great time to ask the AJC to get rid of this clown and hire an actual professional to do this blog. I see your comments. I know you're sick of his poorly written, careless, unimaginative junk. Please make your opinion known to the AJC!


  • 1-855-554-8289
  • E-mail: feedback@ajc.com
  • Address: 223 Perimeter Center Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30346



Thank you. If this paper has any commitment to quality, they will move on to a more talented replacement for Jeff Schultz. Now is the time, don't be lazy, don't hope & think somebody else will call or write. You do it. Won't take you but a few minutes and maybe we can work together to bring the kind of quality writing to the AJC that readers deserve. 


Thank you very much. Please call or write today.

Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd

@Wilbo

Wow Jeff---must be your ex-wife! Call me a fool but I thought it was funny and well written. Does Wilbo have some specifics with which he finds objectionable or is he full of just good old fashioned hate? Guess i'm gonna be lazy and forego the three options listed above. Would love to know who this individual considers a good writer. Inquiring minds want to know!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Ned Ludd @Wilbo

Just full of good old fashioned hate.

And who the hell cares (other than you) who he considers a good writer?

creative
creative

@Wilbo dude, you need to relax.  Why don't you write something and post it and let us be the judge.  Chances are your just another internet fake tough guy like always.  It sports, what are you looking for?  Jeff, your fine buddy.  You have written some great articles, bad articles and everything in between.  I am pretty sure that is about like most humans in a line of work outside of what Wilbo does for a living.  I thought your name was Wilco and I thought that was cool..  Then I realized its Wilbo.  Ugh.  I am sure your dont even know who Wilco is.  Pop your Larry The Cable Guy CD back in.  

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

Bubba Watson is THE MAN!  Tiger can't play with him.

birdrow
birdrow

Tiger Tyson.  Another brilliantly gifted, but crowned way to early "Greatest Ever" by the wishful lapdog sports media of the 90's. 

Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd

Win'em all or never win again. Matters not to me. Status on the course is easy to determine...wins and losses. Status as a person is not as cut and dried but the way he treated and cheated on his wife will never allow me to trust or admire him. More majors than Jack? Doubt it. Better person than Jack?, ain't gonna happen. 

give_em_the_bird
give_em_the_bird

He should have been an NBA or NFL player.  He fits into either of those sports perfectly.

Get The Picture
Get The Picture

Not many majors are won by anyone after 40. He may get another one or maybe two, but Jack's record is safe.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

That photo says quite a lot. Tired, confused, looking older than his 39 yrs and very unhappy.  Not the formula for a tourney victory let alone a Major title!  I believe Jeff said what a lot of us have been thinking.  Throw in a swing change every 2 weeks and you have serious problems.  Plus he just does not play enough competition rounds to remain sharp or get sharp.

ATLBrown
ATLBrown

Way to early to count him out.  He's gone through a lot of personal stuff - his own doing of course - which is clearly affecting his mental game, and that's half the battle.  The elite ability is still there, once he gets past his demons.


He's going to get his act together at some point and make a strong comeback - probably never to the level he was at his peak, but he'll win some majors again, and probably enough to surpass the Golden Bear.

PJ25
PJ25

@ATLBrown He's a has been, much like the PGA itself.  Both Tiger and the PGA peaked a decade ago. 

PhilFriduss
PhilFriduss

He was Golfer of the Year in 2013.  Short, short, in need of a Monday headline comment, Jeff.  

GTBob
GTBob

I have no idea what happened to Woods to cause him to shoot an 85 but his other three rounds weren't all that bad and his previous 2 tournaments weren't all that bad. I still personally think he will find a groove again at some point and be competing for major championships. He will always be a threat at Augusta.

creative
creative

Golf is the one sport that you can play well into your mid 40s at a world class level, especially with how people take care of their bodies.  Jack won the Masters at 45 with a pot belly sucking down a Marlboro every other hole.  If Tiger never wins another tournament I wouldn't be surprised.  If he won 7 more and 3 more majors, I wouldn't be surprised.  He's a human that just ended a relationship.  The black and white world that you people live in is insane.  No middle.  Things are either the greatest thing I've ever seen or the worst thing on earth. Most likely, he will have good days and bad days.  How can anyone say any different.  

creative
creative

@NealBoortz @creative Thanks Neal...Is that really you? or an impostor?  I became a Libertarian in high school because of you.  Harry Browne for president sign in my Mom's yard and all.  If it really is you, Me love you long time, if not great screen name sir or maam.  That hack Herman Cain really needs to go.  

thialand
thialand

@creative Nicklaus won his last major, The Masters, at age 46 in 1986.

creative
creative

@thialand @creative whatever who cares.  You get the point.  Now go google something else that someone said to try to be the internet smart guy.  The internet smart guy and the internet tough guy.  Not sure which is worse.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@creative @thialand

Well, there's the internet idiot, who tries to rewrite history by posting a lie and then blowing it off when he's called on it.

I'd say that is worse. Wouldn't you?

Whatever.

daddywilson
daddywilson

Wow how observant of you. Only took you 5 years to catch up with the obvious. Well done! Now, go chase something that is actually news worthy. 

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

You're just jealous that he can score with so many trashy, large breasted women.

ManfromMilton
ManfromMilton

The sun don't shine up the same mule's arse every day....

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

No fan of Woods' personal behavior, but damn, Jeff.........haters gonna hate, I guess.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Tiger is arguably the greatest golfer of his generation. But when I think of the word "champion" I think of Jones, Hogan, Sarazen, Nelson, Palmer, Nicklaus - even Mickelson, but not Tiger. He behaved like a boorish, petulant spoiled child far too often. 

Misogynist
Misogynist

@Rickster_ Very well said.  Credit where credit is due but the truth about the man.  So good to see Jordan Speith emerge.  What a class act.  Exposes Tiger when compared.

Reasonable2
Reasonable2

Hate him or like him, he was fun to watch when he was in his prime, and the PGA pros will tell you, he increased their payouts big time!

Reddawg74
Reddawg74

Took away his strange women and his game went with it....

El-Bey
El-Bey

Tiger needs to go back to steel shafts in his woods, especially his Driver, so he can keep the ball in play.  Playing from the short grass will help his confidence which he is lacking right now.

almmanduane75
almmanduane75

I was telling anyone that would listen 20 years ago that his body would not hold up. The speed and torque is brutal and can't be sustained.  BY ANYONE.


Now his putting is gone and you'll notice that now people call him ONE of the greatest of all time, not THE greatest of all time like before, which I thought was pretty silly considering that he was still so far behind Jack who has much stronger competition to deal with.



He was good, but a lot of it was hype.


Don't ever recall Jack dueling a Bob May in a major like Tiger did.


That should tell you something.


"Pants up" "Don't Loot"

Bogey
Bogey

@almmanduane75  I'm anything but a Tiger fan, but I do have to debate a couple of your assertions:  Maybe the media/marketers of present day DID hype Tiger too much, but his game was far better than "good"...he was beyond great.


No, Jack didn't battle Bob May.....he did however lose an Open to Orville Moody.


Tiger is a low-life as a person, a liar, has cheated the game very notably lately, BUT he was an incredible golfer for many years.


One last item to consider:  Sam Snead won PGA tournaments over 4 decades, Player won his first major in 1961 and his last in 1979, and Jack won majors (and more) from 1962 to 1986.  Other than those 3 golfers, nobody has ever had a dominant run for more than 10 years:  Palmer ('58 to '64), Watson (70's to mid 80's), Miller (really only 3-4 years), Trevino the same, and Tiger ('97 to '08).


Jack was the best.  I never used to like Jack growing up.....Arnie fan here.