Tiger Woods missed his chance to advance in the WGC- Accenture Match tournament. For the third time this year, Woods' putting ability abandoned him when he needed it most. A birdie on the 18th hole of the second round would have secured a playoff with Nick Watney. Instead, he missed his put, and walked off the green defeated.
Fans are unaccustomed to watching Tiger miss puts that once were an easy matter for him. In years past, Woods rarely missed an opportunity to capitalize from ten feet. Thursday, found him missing easy puts on three different holes, beginning on the seventh green.
Tiger has had three major changes over the past two years, and any of them, may be affecting his play. He switched caddies, his golf swing coach, and altered his swing. In Tiger's case, any one of these could be the reason for his recent failures. The only other thing it could be is a mental block. If that is the case, no one can help Tiger except Tiger. Whatever the reason, he is not the same golfer that he used to be.
Woods will make his next attempt at the Honda Classic Tournament in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. The tournament begins on March 1. Tiger has a little over a week to prepare mentally for the game. The last time Woods played the Honda Classic was in 1993 when he was a 17-year-old amateur. That year he missed the cut, golfing rounds of 72 and 78. He will have to score better than that this year to win.
A bad showing at the Honda Classic would not bode well for Tiger. The course is near his home, allowing ample play- time to learn the greens. If he fades in the late stages of the game at Palm Beach, there will be no excuses for him to fall back on.
Some of the top pro golfers in the world will be playing the tournament. Ernie Els, Y.E. Yang, Johnson Wagner and Lee Westwood are just a few that made commitments to attend. As with every tournament, the competition will be stiff, and if Woods expects to win, he had better get his mojo back.
Golf is the major summer time sport here in Northeast Harbor. I've played each year here for the past decade. When I lived in Georgia, I had the opportunity to be a spectator at two of the Augusta championships.
- Tiger Woods