At the Memorial Tournament in July, along with his again feeling fluid, Woods shot a one-under-par 71 in the first spherical. The subsequent day, he winced and limped to a four-over-par 76 when sudden again stiffness made a full swing unimaginable. Afterward, an unruffled Woods didn’t appear stunned — or perturbed.
“So you never know exactly what you’re going to have each day?” I requested him.
He smiled and replied: “It’s going to happen more times than not.”
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Here’s what’s occurring as the world of sports activities slowly comes again to life:
- Fans can debate whether or not this season’s baseball information actually matter. But M.L.B.’s official historian insists the achievements are as actual as another.
- The Superdome in New Orleans had a dystopian really feel as soccer returned with out considered one of its most loyal congregations of followers. Oh, and Tom Brady flopped as the Saints beat the Buccaneers.
- The United States Tennis Association has no regrets about holding a U.S. Open with out followers, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Woods has performed six occasions this yr (not counting the charity exhibition match with Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning) and his finest end was a tie for ninth in late January. In the six months since that consequence, the finest he has finished is tie for 37th, with 4 finishes outdoors the high 50.
At tournaments, Woods’s disposition, which may run the gamut in his prime, is now virtually at all times measured and cooperative. On Tuesday, he didn’t break kind when requested to summarize his season to this point. He seemed like a golfer of any stripe after a spate of poor play: He missed putts, made some swing errors and put the ball in the mistaken spots.
“I’ve compounded mistakes,” he stated.
As considered one of the few golfers in the huge area who participated in the final U.S. Open held at Winged Foot, in 2006, Woods was requested what recommendation he may give his colleagues as they fight to deal with a golf course famend for its fearsome problem. There wasn’t an excessive amount of he may say since he missed the reduce that yr, the first time he had finished so at a significant championship.
But there was one other piece to his 2006 U.S. Open story.
About a month after he tied for third at the 2006 Masters and failed to win the match for the fourth time, his father, Earl Woods, died. Woods didn’t play once more till that yr’s subsequent main, at Winged Foot in June.
“Yeah, when I didn’t win the Masters that year, that was really tough to take because that was the last event my dad was ever going to watch me play,” Woods stated Tuesday.