Every time Tiger Woods looks like he is about to take over the sport of golf, he takes a step back. The inconsistency was once again on display on Day 4 of the Honda Classic.
After winning the Farmers Insurance Open in his first tournament of 2013, many were excited to see an extended period of dominance from the 14-time major champion. Unfortunately, he followed that up with a first-round loss at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
In his second stroke-play tournament of the year, Woods had a number of ups and downs. He finished with an even par of 70 in each of the first three days, but took a strange way to get there each time. Over the first three rounds, he had nine birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
He started Sunday eight strokes behind leaders Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson, but things did not get much better throughout the day.
Things began well for Woods with a birdie on the third hole.
Par-five holes have always been a strong suit for the superstar, and that continued all weekend. He birdied the third hole in three of the four rounds, this time getting onto the green in two strokes.
Unfortunately, his accuracy soon became a problem on hole No. 6. He hit his drive out of bounds to the right of the fairway and couldn't make up strokes.
After taking five strokes to get onto the green, he finally ended with a double-bogey six.
Woods was unable to shake off the poor hole and followed that up with a four on the par-three seventh hole. He hit his first shot short and wide of the green and could not make an up-and-down for par.
Finally, he seemed to get back on the right track with a birdie on the ninth hole.
However, this good feeling was short-lived, as he had yet another double-bogey on No. 11 that included a shot into the water.
Even the PGA Tour's Twitter account felt the need to mention this poor display of the non-contender:
Another double for Tiger on the 11th. That's his fourth of the week. He's 3 over on the day. Track: pgatour.com/shottracker.ht…— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 3, 2013
Bleacher Report's Jack Rathborn also pointed out an interesting stat about Tiger's high number of double bogeys:
Tiger drops another to fall to +4, this is the most doubles Woods has made at a non-major tournament in his career. 4.— Jack Rathborn (@jackrathborn) March 3, 2013
After a few more bogeys, the round finally came to an end with an eagle on 18. He once again showed his ability to dominate par-five holes with his ability to reach the green in two strokes.
Still, the day did not go as well as Woods had hoped overall. He finished with a 74, which was four strokes over par. Needless to say, this was a long way out of contention.
Throughout the tournament, Woods showed a great ability to get birdies and make nice approaches, but his consistency is still not great. He had poor accuracy on his drives (57.14 percent), and it hurt his ability to make greens in regulation.
Of course, this was only one tournament, and it is important not to forget that he won his previous stroke-play event. With the majors set to begin in April, it will be interesting to see which Tiger Woods shows up.
If he performs like he did on Sunday, his major title drought will continue a little longer.