US Open Golf 2013: Analyzing Tiger Woods' Game After Performance at Merion

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2013

ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 16:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 16, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After the worst finish in a major championship of his career (+13), Tiger Woods is just happy that the 2013 U.S. Open tournament from Merion Golf Club is over.

If Woods ever wants to win his 15th major, Merion's tough setup proved he will have plenty to work on moving forward.

The 14-time major champion acknowledged the issues to the USGA’s U.S. Open Twitter account and says he will use it as a lesson heading through the rest of his season:

Tiger (+13, 74): "There's a lesson to be learned in every tournament. I'll look at the things I did right and things I did wrong." #usopen

— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 16, 2013

While Woods has stated that he understands why he is faltering on course, there is little doubt that he is struggling to dominate the tournaments that matter the most to him, golf’s four major championships.

While a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Masters and four victories were a promising start to the season—including a dominating performance at the Players Championship—the way Woods failed in every way at Merion Golf Club should be a serious concern.

Woods had 21 bogeys or worse during his four rounds of U.S. Open golf and just 10 birdies, resulting in the most disappointing card of the former champion’s career. Using the lessons from Merion, Woods must go back to the drawing board before the British Open this July.

Starting with his drives off the tee, Woods was all over the course, failing to hit the fairway on a consistent enough basis to give himself a chance to compete.

Add in an elbow injury that inhibited the way he played the ball from the ultra-tough rough of the course, and Woods' chances of making it on the green diminished drastically as the weekend went on.

While Woods was one of the greatest putters on tour when he dominating the sport and winning majors left and right, he had trouble all over Merion with his short game and failed to launch himself into contention.

The mixture of bad tee shots, an off mid-range game and a failing putter doomed Woods at the 2013 U.S. Open. Whether he can fix these issues in time for the British Open will be the key to how he finishes at Murfield.