Tiger Woods Tour Championship 2012: Golf Icon Continues to Show Inconsistency

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 23, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tiger Woods reacts to a poor tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods may be "back," but he's far from capable of winning another major at this pace.

The most famous active golfer in the world is at such a rank because he's shown us some of the most impressive stretches of golf in history. But ever since his leave of absence from the sport, he's rarely been able to string together enough dominant rounds to win the big tournaments.

That trend showed its ugly face once again at the 2012 Tour Championship in Atlanta. 

After yet another awesome Thursday round to open things up, we were all expecting Woods to take control of the weekend with his usual flair. He began four strokes under par after just the first round, and continuing at a pace even near that would be grounds for an easy victory.

His 66 on Thursday had him up at the top of the leaderboard after Day 1 at the Tour Championship.

But he proved us wrong again by wasting no time showing us that he's not the tournament favorite on Friday's second round. His 73 nearly cancelled out all of his success on Thursday, and put him far from the top of the leaderboard as many big names started to find their groove.

Woods' 67 on Saturday gave him an outside shot at making a big-time run on Sunday, but his efforts fell through as he shot four over par after his first six holes of the day.

We've come to expect this from Tiger, and he proves it to be truer and truer nearly every time we see him play. 

Perhaps it's just due to his former greatness that we feel obligated to compare him to, but it's still far from the Tiger that we saw during his prime. 

The usual rules for the age of retirement differ in golf compared to other sports, so it's unfair to say that his 36-year-old self is past his prime and incapable of getting back to greatness again.

But if the past year or two is any indication, Tiger needs to pull his act together and start stringing together consistent rounds if he wants to win another major.


- Steven Cook is a Breaking News writer for Bleacher Report.