With three wins this year on the PGA Tour, more than any other golfer on the planet, Tiger Woods seems to have the winning thing down.
Now if he could just figure out to the consistency part, he'd really be in business. For the second straight week, Woods struggled in his opening round, posting 1-over in his first start at the Greenbrier Classic.
After looking incredibly consistent over the weekend at Congressional -- carding only one bogey in his final 36 holes -- Woods looked like a guy who was struggling mightily to figure out unfamiliar greens.
"I was a little bit off with my game, and on top of that I didn't have the speed of these greens at all," Woods said. "My last three tournaments, the greens were awfully quick and they have a lot of swing at the end because of how fast they are. I missed literally every single putt high today."
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Woods wasn't kidding. To say his putting was a little off on Thursday would be an understatement. Woods was solid all week at Congressional, going 16 for 16 on putts inside 10 feet. But Thursday was a different story, as Woods missed putts from 2 feet and 5 feet during his round, and needed a total of 31 strokes (tied for 134th in the field) to get around The Old White TPC.
When Woods did manage to give himself a chance to attack the pin, he rarely capitalized on the opportunity, hitting only four of his approach shots inside 15 feet.
All in all it was a round to forget. And honestly, that's exactly what Woods should do after Thursday's round: Forget about it and move on. If there's one thing we've learned from watching Tiger this year, it's that he's going to have good rounds and bad ... just like every golfer on the PGA Tour.
Every win Woods has posted this year has been followed by a start where he's struggled to get anything going. It's not a trend in his game; what it merely tells us is that the 14-time major winner is going to have rounds where he's off his game.
We can't expect him to be "on" all the time. He's no longer that guy who can show up and post top 10s with regularity -- the last time Woods posted consecutive top 10s was pre-scandal -- and there's nothing wrong with that. What he did during the prime of his career will likely never be replicated ever again.
It's probably not the round he was hoping for in his final tune-up before the Open Championship, but considering Woods has three wins in his last seven starts, there's a good chance he won't lose sleep over one mediocre round.
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