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Players Championship 2012: Tiger Woods Needs to Find Spark to Avoid Another Cut

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 10:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 10, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMay 11, 2012

Tiger Woods looks like an average golfer these days, and he is in danger of missing another cut after Round 1 of the 2012 Players Championship.

He finished the first round at plus-two and now sits tied for 109th in the tournament.

He hasn't shot a round under 70 since before the Masters, and his game seems to be regressing rather than progressing.

Woods needs to find a spark. His body language on the course of late is destitute, and it's been a long time since he looked like a champion.

Per PGATour.com, in the first round Woods only hit 50 percent of the fairways and greens at Sawgrass—a major detriment at this course. It's easy to see why he is making more bogeys than birdies when you look at these numbers.

He's not playing loose anymore, and the toll of yet another swing change is causing Woods to over think things out on the course (h/t Orlando Sentinel).

Hall of Famer Johnny Miller talked about Woods' fall from grace lately, via CBSSports.com:

And all of a sudden, the Masters, he hit nerves a lot. His nerves just went off the red line and he basically succumbed to the pressure of the Masters, and I think that really affected him...He has to rebuild the confidence that he had at Bay Hill and see if he can start building back up again.

Speaking of nerves, Woods' putting has been on the fritz lately to go along with his struggles from tee to green. He took 28 strokes on the greens at Sawgrass on Thursday, and if he doesn't get his confidence back, he's going to miss the cut for the second week in a row.

Something's got to give for Woods. He must scrap together a modicum of forward momentum, and soon.

 

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