Tiger Woods Won't Reverse Trend of Poor Weekends on Sunday at PGA Championship
A lot of people live for the weekends. These days, Tiger Woods is not one of them.
After shooting a third-round 74 on Saturday and Sunday morning at the PGA Championship—play was stopped on Saturday due to the weather—Woods is now a whopping plus-15 on the weekends at major championships.
Don't expect that trend to change.
Keep in mind that at the majors this year, Woods is eight-over par during the final round. It's been by far his worst round at the major championships, a stark contrast to the old days, when Woods was one of the game's top closers.
Now, you can make the argument that Tiger has some positive momentum going into the final round at the PGA Championship—he shot two-under par on Sunday after the weather delay—but he was struggling on Saturday, shooting four-over on the first eight holes.
But one wonders if Woods will once again crack under the pressure. He's still in this tournament, though he trails leader Rory McIlroy by five strokes. Woods can't afford to make any mistakes early, and that might be his undoing.
In all, Tiger has played the front nine at one-over par in this tournament, though Saturday was an aberration of sorts, as he had played the front nine at three-under on Thursday and Friday combined.
He absolutely must get off to a positive start on the Sunday. If he doesn't, he'll begin to press, and if that happens, he'll never catch McIlroy or the other players in contention.
Of course, final-round leads haven't been safe this year. As the Associated Press (via FOX News) notes, "This has been the year of the comeback on the PGA Tour, with 11 players coming from at least four shots behind to win in the final round."
So Tiger has hope given the past year on the PGA Tour. Of course, the other way to look at it is that Tiger has no hope given his own past this year at the major championships. I tend to lean the way of the latter—the killer edge that once marked his game doesn't seem to exist any longer.
How will Tiger fare in the final round on Sunday?
The fear he once put in competitors on Sunday is no longer present.
It would be spectacular to see Woods slowly track down McIlroy and give us a Sunday to remember, with the game's last superstar in contention against the man many think can become the game's new superstar.
But I'm not going to get my hopes up. I think this is McIlroy's tournament. And I think, like he has three other times, Woods will once again shrink on Sunday at a major tournament.
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