Tiger Woods: Latest Struggles at US Open Prove Old Tiger Is Not Back

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJune 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 16:  Tiger Woods of the United States waits on the 12th green during the third round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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After emerging victorious at this year's Memorial Tournament, the buzz around the golf world was if Tiger Woods was beginning a comeback tour that would continue at the US Open. That buzz has dimmed since Woods' latest struggles at the Olympic Club, proving the once dominant golfer is not back to his old self.

The Stanford product started the tournament out with a solid one-under-par performance, followed by an even Round 2 with three bogeys and birdies respectively. Woods then came unraveled in the Open's latest round, posting a plus-five.

"It was just a tough day on the greens," Woods said to CNN's Lateef Mungin. "It was just a tough day, all day."

The first three rounds of the 2012 Open perfectly mirror what has happened in recent years regarding Woods' career. He gets everyone's hopes up with some flashes of the Tiger that once dominated the PGA Tour, only to crash and burn.

There's no doubting that there is still some of that legendary skill deep down somewhere for the California-born golfer. The issue has been trying to channel that once almost unstoppable skill on a regular basis instead of posting six bogeys over 18 holes after two solid rounds.

Woods hasn't won the US Open since 2008 and finds himself behind players such as 17-year-old Beau Hossler to start the final round in San Fransisco. Some might say that this is an article overreacting to one bad round for Tiger, but it was one of the worst rounds by any golfer still in the hunt.

Nobody shot themselves more at the worst possible time than the three-time Open champion. The golf world desperately wants to see Woods back in the limelight in order to bring in some more viewers and money into the sport, but the sport has been waiting some years for that to happen.

The issue with judging Woods during his mediocre years is that people cannot erase the memory of the one-time face of the sport. Simply put, Tiger is no longer that same person and his recent body of work needs to be looked at instead of just the respect his name carries.

Woods proved in the third round at the Open that this is a tournament that he no longer is a master of and will fall down the leaderboard even more by the end of the final round.