So much for momentum coming out of drought-ending, five-stroke victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In the first half of this Masters, a sloppy Tiger Woods was roundly beaten, by six strokes, by a 48-year-old playing competitor who sports a pot belly and ponytail and drinks and smokes like the kind of lounge singer he resembles.
Hence we have the midway shock of this Masters. Looking so in control coming in after that commanding performance at Bay Hill, Woods has come unglued at Augusta National. A day after taking two penalty-stroke drops and missing six drives to the left in an opening 72, Woods lost a grip on both his ball-striking and putting, if not his emotions, in a second-round 75.
He has gone from tournament favorite to tournament carnival act. He was so out of sorts Friday you barely recognized him at times.
If the Day 1 was about escaping, the second round was about a loose swing, poor putting and continued lost opportunities on the par-5 holes he used to dominat...