Now, we've been justifiably kind to Tiger so far, but his performance closer to the greens earn him some red marks.
Concerning close-range approach shots, Woods gets worse as the yardage markers shrink. Consider his following statistics for the 2012 season:
Approaches from 125-150 yards, 22'6", 67th on Tour
Approaches from 100-125 yards, 19'5", 75th on Tour
Approaches from 75-100 yards, 17'1", 86th on Tour
Approaches from 50-75 yards, 15'2", 83rd on Tour
In case you're not a fan of math, we've bolded the problem areas for you. Above 150 yards, Woods's approach game is pristine, but once he crosses that barrier, he turns into a below-average golfer. Perhaps this explains why he is willing to give up distance off the tee for accuracy; Tiger is okay with using his longer irons to hit into greens.
All speculation aside, the most telling statistic can be seen when comparing Tiger's accuracy between 125-150 yards to his historical performance.
In both 2010 and 2011, Tiger finished first on Tour in approach distance from 125-150 yards, averaging just over 17 feet to the pin. Another way to think about his underperformance is this year, Woods has hit a half lob wedge about as accurately as he hit a full pitching wedge in previous years. This is simply stunning.
A fall from grace this far is as intriguing as it is surprising, though it remains to be seen if it's just a one-year blip.
 Defined a a shot under 150 yards. The longest club Tiger will hit in these situations is a 9-iron, while the shortest is a lob wedge.