Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/9/12

When people think of Tiger Woods, they usually think of his 14 major championships, putting on that legendary green jacket, and sinking forty-foot putts as if they were only five feet.  What people most certainly do not think about is Tiger missing cuts in tournaments that should not be an issue at all.  I ask you, what exactly is wrong with Tiger Woods right now?  What can we blame his inconsistency on?  Is it all the pressure of the golf world for him to win tournaments?  Is it the added stress he has ever since he slipped up?  Whatever it is, Tiger needs to figure out these problems of his, and quickly at that.

Being an avid Tiger Woods follower, I have been through thick and thin dealing with the commotion that is Tiger’s life.  Throughout my life I have witnessed Tiger’s amazing comebacks at Augusta and his numerous 300 plus yard drives as well as countless chip-ins that would be nearly impossible for the average golfer to imitate.  I have witnessed thousands of fans cheering him on, and Tiger not failing to perform well with everybody watching his every swing.  However, I then saw and had to deal with the downfall and demise of Woods, in such a way that he would never be looked at the same again.  Talk about a curveball…  Who ever expected anything like that to happen to the world’s most popular golfer?  I mean, sleeping with tons of other women when the wife you have is already a dime piece?  Come on Tiger, you had to be smarter then that…  Still, I tune into every golf tournament on the television that Tiger is a part of as if nothing ever happened, and I always expect him to make the cut, and perform well, not to miss it.

That is exactly what happened to Tiger at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday, May 4th.  Tiger missed the cut.  While it wasn’t completely shocking, being as he missed the cut in this tournament last time he was in it, this was still only the eighth time in 267 PGA tournaments in which he failed to beat the cut.  Failing to beat a -1 cut for a professional golfer is like missing a layup for an NBA player.  I can only imagine how disappointed Tiger was, being as I was pretty embarrassed for him myself.  Many people, including Tiger, blame his mediocre play on his ever-changing golf swing, yet I do not take that as a valid excuse for someone such as Woods.  I believe that the pressure is far too great for Woods, and that he does not know how to deal with it or what to do when all eyes are on him now.  Hopefully Tiger can figure something out, because if not, I might have to start watching more of other golf players who can actually make it to the Saturday and Sunday of golf tournaments.  My prayers go out to him to start performing better, as well as to whoever can possibly fix his “terrible” swing; the swing that made Tiger the person he is today.

-Bryman

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