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Tiger Woods has returned from injury, personal problems and swing changes that kept him out of the winners circle from 2009 until earlier this year.
One nagging problem continues to bother him, however: He posts his worst scores on the weekend.
He has carded some very un-Tiger-like scores this year in the third and fourth rounds of big events.
During the U. S. Open, he played brilliantly over the first 36 holes and was in the lead heading into the weekend. He posted a 75 and 73 for the final two rounds and dropped to T-21.
It happened again in the Open Championship at Royal Lytham. He stuck to a very conservative game plan, hitting irons and fairway woods off many of the tees to keep his ball in play and avoid the difficult fairway bunkers that litter the golf course.
In the end, it was one of the green-side bunkers that caused his downfall when he failed to get out of a very awkward lie at No. 6 during Sunday’s final round. A triple-bogey seven ended his hopes of winning major title No. 15. He eventually shot 73 on Sunday and finished T-3.
Tiger played consistent golf through the first 36 holes, posting a 69 and 71 at the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island. Saturday’s round proved to be his undoing, however, as he shot an untidy 74. He followed that with a 72 on Sunday and finished T-11.
His latest collapse at Bethpage Black yesterday may be his most confusing. With scores of 68 and 69, Tiger was in the mix after 36 holes, but on Saturday he had four three-putt greens and failed to make a move on the leaders.
Tiger's total collapse on the back nine on Sunday was very unusual.
Tiger made double-bogey at No. 13 and followed that with bogeys at 14, 15 and 17. He carded a five-over 40 on the back nine for a total of 76 and fell into a tie for 38th place.
Four three-putt greens on Saturday and a 40 for nine holes on Sunday; what in the wide wide world of sports is going on here?
Tiger cannot seem to get all the facets of his game working in sync, especially on the weekends when it counts the most.
This trend has to be a concern for him. He has shown flashes of the old Tiger with his three wins this year. His record in the majors has not been acceptable, and he will certainly look to win the FedEx Cup to salvage something from the year.