All aboard the Tiger Woods roller coaster. Keep your hands in, your feet down and your neck ready to watch just about anything possible from the world No. 1.
On Friday at the Memorial, Tiger looked to be in control of his golf game for the first time since Augusta National. He birdied three of his first four holes, jumping a ton of golfers. It looked like he'd finally found his golf swing. Hooray, right?
Well, the lug nuts started to loosen after that, and Tiger made two bogeys on his ninth and 12th holes. He was back to just 1-under for the day, and another marginal round looked in the books for Woods.
That was, until he reeled off three birdies in a row, and was going to close strong, by goodness. Did he? No, he did not.
For a man that has been known for years to close with authority, Woods again finished the second round of the Memorial with a costly bogey. Tiger posted a 69, his first sub-70 round since the Masters, and will be around for the weekend at Jack's tournament.
It's strange to write that last sentence. Tiger is a guy that didn't even have "make cut" in his vocabulary until 2010. He always made the cut. Always.
Now, with his golf swing a big erratic (the guy is yelling "fore left" more than Charles Barkley), it is safe to say that Tiger is going to need to lower his goals for the coming weeks in hopes of finding something he can be successful with. Tiger hit just 53 percent of his fairways in the first two rounds (tied for 114th out of 120 golfers) and is finding just 64 percent of his greens in regulation, a stat he used to absolutely dominate.
Making the weekend is a step in the right direction, but it isn't what we've come to expect with Tiger. I guess that's something we all need to change as well. The old Tiger and the new Tiger sure don't seem to be very similar. Golf is strange like that.