Another tournament has elapsed, and with it came another disastrous performance by former world No. 1 Tiger Woods. This has become quite a trend for golf's most polarizing figure since his return from back surgery.
Quickly plummeting down the world golf rankings, Woods returned to competitive golf only to miss the cut at the Quicken Loans National, place 69th in the Open Championship, withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and miss the cut at the PGA Championship.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted the most recent result of Woods' continued deterioration:
Tiger Woods: 3 birdies this week; matches his fewest combined birdies and eagles in a major (as professional or amateur)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 8, 2014
He doesn't remotely resemble one of the nation's best players, and for that reason, Woods has no place on the 2014 Ryder Cup team.
You'd think this argument wouldn't be necessary due to Woods' lack of prize money, but captain Tom Watson will make three selections of his own—and he can pick anyone he wants.
That's not to say he will pick Woods, but the possibility is there. After all, when Woods and his agent, Mark Steinberg, spoke to the press after the PGA Championship, the duo didn't rule out a Ryder Cup appearance.
Instead, they focused on Woods' attempt to get stronger, via Bob Harig of ESPN.com.
Woods gave his thoughts on how his swing has felt:
I couldn't make a back swing. I can't get the club back. Coming through is fine. I can't get the club back ... I've got to rely on timing, hands and hopefully I can time it just right.
It's hard because you want the bigger muscles controlling the golf swing. I have got to rely on my hands to do it. The (club) face is rotating so fast through impact because I'm just not able to get my arms and the body in the correct spot.
Steinberg chimed in on Woods' immediate future:
Only he knows his body; if he was ready he was ready. We have to take it week by week. I'm listening to him. He's got to get it stronger. If that's what his doctors and trainers are saying, and he didn't do any damage to the surgical part, then I have no doubt that Tiger is going to go get his core and his back stronger so that this is not a regular occurrence.
No matter what reports involving Woods' back indicate over the next several weeks, that he can recover fully and regain his form in time to play in the Ryder Cup—on one of golf's most elite and prestigious teams—is simply a far-fetched idea.
Woods' health isn't only affecting his swing. His entire game is in shambles right now—including his short game.
Here's a look at what his putting stroke looked like during the PGA Championship:
Good lord, Tiger. https://t.co/dNlQJ12tCf— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) August 8, 2014
The announcer's reaction sums it up perfectly.
Unfortunately, it didn't stop there:
Woods' recent play has caught the attention of former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger. During a press conference, via BBC Sport, Azinger spoke of Woods' game and shared his thoughts on the Ryder Cup:
He has gone from the artist to the engineer. It is difficult to watch a Vincent Van Gogh paint by numbers. We want to see Tiger come back and get all of this stuff out of his head.
I don't see how you can take an injured player who's not playing well.
There are plenty of talented players hovering around the fringe of Ryder Cup eligibility. Keegan Bradley, Brendon Todd and Ryan Moore have all played well enough in recent weeks to warrant consideration as captain's picks.
We'll have to wait and see how this unfolds when Watson makes his selections in September. But for the sake of the Ryder Cup team and Woods' health, we should hope the former world No. 1's name isn't called.