Tiger Woods may have five victories and eight top-10 finishes this year on the PGA Tour.
He may be a 14-time major champion.
But the man's not perfect.
That couldn't be more evident since his win at the Bridgestone Invitational in early August. The 37-year-old placed 40th at the PGA Championship, placed second at The Barclays and now finds himself in 47th place at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
After going seven under par in his first two rounds at TPC Boston, Woods shot a one-over par on Sunday, posting four bogeys to three birdies. That included notching three straight bogeys to start the back nine. He hit just 50 percent of fairways and needed 31 putts, according to CBSSports.com.
Woods said after his disappointing performance, via Farrell Evans of ESPN.com:
I just didn't have it today. I just didn't hit it well. I didn't make anything. Just one of those days; I had a bad day at the wrong time.
The course is gettable, that's for sure. The greens were so receptive. You could be very aggressive and not have to worry about anything. Unfortunately, I just didn't put it together today.
It's like that saying goes: "Sometimes you eat up the course, and sometimes, well, it eats you."
At least, I think that's how it goes.
Woods proved just how unpredictable golf is on Sunday. You can go from placing second to placing in the 40s just as much as you can go from placing in the 40s to placing second. It's a wild world, this world of golf, and even the most talented players on the links falter from time to time, for no apparent reason.
Of course, Woods—the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship winner—is under such a microscope that one tough round in the Deutsche Bank Championship can be blown out of proportion, let alone when he plays poorly in majors.
Woods could very well put forth a fine effort Monday at TPC Boston, just as he could put forth a fine effort after the tournament. Sometimes, there is no rhyme or reason in golf—it just is.
Regardless of Tiger's performance on Sunday, he has played well enough to keep winning in 2013. His chances of winning a major this year are long gone, but he can still add to his resume with some victories on tour.
If golf—and Tiger—has taught us anything, it's that players are always susceptible to mind-boggling performances. To develop any sort of consistency in the sport is to be an elite player.