Because many people want to know how Tiger Woods is playing – and many others want to rant about how much coverage the world's most famous golfer gets – this is for you.
Freed of the weight of expectations, 14 strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy going into Day 3 of the British Open, Woods turned in a round that started very well but sputtered into ugliness. Woods ended the day at 3-over after a 1-over round that included five birdies against a bogey, a double and a triple.
Woods began the day on the 10th tee, and that seemed to cure his first-hole ills, at least initially: freed from having to start on Nos. 1 and 2, where he'd totaled a 5-over score over just two days, Woods birdied the first two holes and appeared on the way to validation, if not redemption. He even managed to birdie No. 1. But a double-bogey on the evil No. 2 pushed Woods back up above par for the tournament. Then came a lost ball on the seventh, and from there it was a limp back to the clubhouse.
Woods will play Sunday and he'll draw a huge gallery, as he should. From one perspective, the weekend is a tremendous success; Woods came back earlier than expected from back surgery, and simply making the cut was an achievement. But hoping, and then losing, is worse than never hoping at all ... and Woods' sharp decline from a strong Thursday shows that hope alone isn't going to get him back into major contention.