Your correspondent has emphatically said for years that golf performance should not be evaluated by 10-minute intervals. That notion tends to get lost in these days of Internet immediacy, in these days of the hole-by-hole Tiger Tracker, when one hole of tweeted play-by-play carries too much word weight and lacks big-picture perspective.
Yes, Tiger Woods visited some ice plant after a hooked drive and went 4-over par on Nos. 14-17 on Monday at the Farmers Insurance Open. There's your little snippet, devoid of context.
The big picture is this: Woods had built an eight-stroke lead, the sign of rare command, and won by four strokes. Had, say, Rickie Fowler won by four, some probably would have annointed him as the Next Whatever.
Woods wins by four and critics focus on his sloppy, impatient, anticlimactic play down an overly slow stretch. Please. Let's focus on what did matter (the eight-shot cushion) and not on what didn't.
"He said he got frustrated and lost his patience and concen...