The Players Championship

Tiger Woods at The Players Championship: Most Disappointing Aspects of His Play

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the ninth hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 14, 2012

I won't overreact to Tiger's less-than-stellar performance at The Players Championship and say he'll never win another major, blah, blah, blah. But I can't ignore some disappointing aspects of his play this weekend.

Tiger hasn't exactly set the world on fire at TPC Sawgrass in his career, but I did expect him to have a little stronger showing.

Here are the low lights:


Finish Up Weak

Woods worst round was on Sunday. He shot a two-over 74 to finish the tournament at one-under par. Genuinely you'd like to see a golfer shoot his lowest scores in the last two rounds; when Tiger is playing well, that is genuinely his pattern.

Even earlier this year, he was falling just short because he had played poorly in Rounds 1 and 2, and dug himself a hole that strong closing rounds couldn't dig him out of.

When things start going the opposite direction, it's frustrating.


GIR (greens in regulation)

Woods' GIR was only 65 percent, but he was still hitting the ball over 300 yards off the tee, and his drive accuracy was 62.5 percent, the same as tournament champion, Matt Kuchar.

This tells me the second and third shots on par-fours and -fives are giving him major issues. Woods' in-between games was once just as good his driving and putting, but now he's having an issue in this area.


Not Devouring Par-Fives

When Tiger is right, he will lace the par-fives with birdies or eagles. Tiger didn't tally one eagle in the tournament, and he only had multiple birdies on the par five holes in Rounds 2 and 4.

These holes are the ones that Tiger will genuinely close the gap, or pull away from the field with. He broke even with these too many times, and that just equates to squandered opportunities.

We will see what comes next for Woods, but this is a tournament I'm sure he'd like to forget.


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