Sat Apr 09 07:54pm EDT
There was no celebratory fist pump this time around on the 18th hole. Just one day after Tiger Woods capped an impressive back nine at Augusta National with a birdie to vault himself back into the picture at the Masters, Woods reverted back to his old game on Saturday, missing crucial putts and looking lost on the course.
It's a Tiger Woods we've become accustomed to seeing. While the rest of the field was trying to make a move, Woods was still stuck in neutral, a position he's seemingly been in for the last year. There were a lot of signs during the second round that made you believe he was on the verge of turning in a special weekend at the Masters. He was rolling the putter as well as we had seen in a long time, and his robotic Sean Foley swing looked fluid, almost like he was finally getting comfortable translating his range game to the course.
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But as the case has been recently, Woods couldn't keep the momentum going on Saturday, three-putting on two occasions and capping his round with a bogey on the final hole to post a 2-over 74, all but ending his chances of capturing his fifth green jacket.
Seven shots back of the lead and chasing an unflappable Rory McIlroy, Woods would need a near-perfect round on Sunday to pull off what would surely be the greatest comeback in Masters history.
But the thing is, nobody knows which Tiger is going to show up tomorrow. If it's the one we saw on Friday, then maybe he has a chance. But Woods has been so inconsistent, it's impossible to tell if we'll see his Jekyll or Hyde side.
One thing's for sure, he's still in the "process" phase of his swing. He still hasn't put four solid rounds of golf together in a year, and until he does that, you can be certain we won't see Tiger hoisting a trophy or putting on a green jacket anytime soon.