He's up, he's down. He wins, he disappears. He rarely dominates on the course, but still dominates golf's national discourse.
His name is Tiger Woods, and after winning the AT&T National, he failed to make the cut at the Greenbrier Classic. It's that inconsistency that leads me to believe he won't end his Majors drought at the British Open.
Woods has done a lot of positive things in 2012—winning three events on the year—but he's also struggled mightily at times and has looked like a much different golfer at the Majors than the player who used to dominate.
Woods earned his first win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He followed that up with a 40th-place finish at the Masters, missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship and finished 40th at the Players Championship.
He sandwiched wins around his 21st-place finish at the U.S. Open, a tournament marked by an incredibly disappointing weekend that saw him shoot eight-over par on Saturday and Sunday.
Now, I'm not trying to be overly critical of Woods. No player is going to finish in the top five or 10 in every tournament, and Woods is no exception. But let's put his inconsistency in perspective—in his 16-year career, Woods' has missed the cut just nine times.
He's already done so twice this year.
Woods remains prone to falling apart on any given day, dropping him down the leaderboard and ending his chances at tournaments. At the U.S. Open, it was his 75 on Saturday that did him in. The Majors are all about consistency—you simply can't afford to have huge lapses in play from one day to the next.
Unfortunately for Tiger, his inconsistency has ranged not only between days, but also between entire tournaments. The three wins are promising—the two missed cuts and performances at the Majors have been disappointing.
There are worse things in the world than missing the cut at the Greenbrier Classic. However, it doesn't give me any confidence that Woods will regain his old Majors dominance at this year's British Open.
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