After a couple days to ponder exactly what happened to Tiger Woods over the weekend at the 2012 US Open, I'm still struggling to get a handle on the moment.
It looked like Tiger's tournament to do with as he pleased after opening rounds of 69 and 70 found him very comfortably tied for the lead at one-under par. He was hitting a lot of fairways and greens—not exactly like the "old" Tiger, mind you, but certainly well enough to win if he kept it going. His scores were solid, especially for a US Open. But they weren't entirely reflective of how good he was playing and the control he seemed to have with his golf swing. He could've had a three or four shot lead.
Nevertheless, it felt like the good old days. Tiger Woods was leading a major championship heading into the final 36 holes of play. For the gen pop, it was exciting. It was interesting.
Then, what many considered to be the unthinkable happened—except that it really wasn't that big of a surprise at all.
The inconsistent play that has plagued Tiger throughout the 2012 season returned. Two good days and two bad days do not a successful major championship make. And Tiger limped home with closing rounds of 75 and 73 to finish T-21, a far cry from the lofty expectations he had created after winning the Memorial Tournament just two weeks prior.
Is this a behavior we need to get used to? Will we ever really know which Tiger Woods will show up on any given day?
Here are three things we learned about Tiger Woods at the 2012 US Open.