He finished as something of an afterthought, tapping in for a final-round 74 to a polite smattering of applause as the winner of the British Open, Phil Mickelson, signed autographs and accepted congratulations.
Tiger Woods never led on Sunday at Muirfield and never looked like a man ready to win his 15th major. From the first hole to the last he seemed out of sorts, lacking energy, drive and the intensity that marked the decade he dominated like no one else in the history of the game.
Now, he looks like any other top tour pro, capable of winning but far from certain. Woods needed to shoot 69 on Sunday to tie Mickelson and force a playoff. The Tiger of old would have done that or perhaps gone one or two better.
But this Tiger is not the same.
Just look at the numbers. Since he last won a major at the 2008 U.S. Open, he is 1-over par on the weekends in golf's biggest events, assuming he made the cut, which he didn't in the 2011 PGA Championship. This year, he is 10-over on the ...