Tiger Woods at Memorial Tournament 2013: Day 4 Recap and Twitter Reaction
Tiger Woods has had some very impressive performances this season. His showing at the Memorial Tournament was not one of them.
While the superstar was able to manage an even-par score of 72 on Sunday, his inconsistency was once again on display in Round 4.
Woods was coming off a disappointing 79 on Saturday, and he started just as poorly on Sunday. While he did have a few successful holes, his overall showing was quite concerning.
This is even worse considering that the U.S. Open is coming up soon, as Brandon Tierney of CBS Radio points out:
Tiger is really scuffling to find his swing this weekend. Not a great look heading into the US Open. Should be interesting...— Brandon Tierney (@BrandonTierney) June 2, 2013
Still, one thing you can count on is that Woods always has the ability to bounce back after bad outings.
Tiger Woods finishes Memorial with even-par 72, no worries though, his body of work in 2013 is still great - http://t.co/343ASvSh7r— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) June 2, 2013
Here is a look at his fourth round at the Muirfield Village Golf Course in Dublin, Ohio.
Tiger Woods' 2013 Memorial Tournament Round 4 Scorecard
|Score ||4||5||6||4||5||4 ||3||3 ||4 || 38
|Score ||4 ||3 ||5 ||2||4 ||4 ||5 ||3||4||34|| 72
Note: All statistics, information and video are courtesy of PGATour.com; Woods started on the back nine.
Woods started on the back nine because he was near the bottom of the leaderboard. While this usually keeps the pressure off golfers, the spotlight never leaves Tiger.
He started off strong with two pars in a row, but then he came to the hole that's caused him problems all week. He hit it into the bunker off the tee at No. 12, then struggled to get out of the bunker. When he was finally on the green, his putting was just as poor, and he finished with a triple bogey.
Rolands Martin of TV One talks about Woods' struggles on this one hole:
On the 14th green, Woods lost another stroke thanks to a missed putt to put him at plus-12 for the tournament. According to PGA TOUR on Twitter, he was definitely aware of his struggles putting during the tournament:
Tiger, +8: "I didn't putt well. I had bad speed all week. They didn't look that fast, but they putted fast."— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2013
The good news is that this is where he started to turn things around. He hit a great approach shot on No. 15 to help him get his first birdie of the day:
Two holes later, Woods hit a nine-foot putt to give him another birdie, which seemed to give him more confidence heading into the second half of the day:
Just like Saturday, the front nine was much better for the 14-time major champion. He birdied three out of four holes, including this tough putt on No. 4:
In the end, Woods was able to redeem his poor start with a 72, but the lack of consistency was still the biggest issue throughout the four rounds. While he did have 15 birdies, he also had 15 holes of a bogey or worse to keep him out of contention.
This will be the biggest issue going forward. There did not seem to be anything wrong with Woods' swing; it simply seemed like a lack of concentration from hole to hole.
ESPN Stats and Info puts Woods' play this weekend into perspective:
Tiger Woods shot a 296 at the Memorial, his 2nd-worst score in any 4-round event (shot 298 at 2010 WGC Bridgestone)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 2, 2013
Going into the U.S. Open, Woods will hope for a much better showing in the second major of the year.
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