Tiger WHOods: Season's Shortcomings Turn to Next Year's Motivation

Benjamin BaroffCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

The PGA Tour has recently released a statement regarding the identity theft of its biggest superstar, Tiger Woods

The memo reads "Where is Tiger and who are these no namers winning our tournaments!?" 

By no means is this another one of those every four years "Tiger's lost his magic" rants. Tiger Woods is still the greatest golfer to ever grace our television screens. But somehow, someway, Tiger has lost his mojo.

I don't know if Rocco secretly took it on the 19th playoff hole last year when he could only smirk as Tiger won his 15th major.  

Sure Tiger has won five tournaments this year, and made a miraculous five stroke comeback on the final day of the Arnold Palmer Classic. But we all know that's typical Tiger. For crying out loud he wins five or six tournaments, even on a down year.  

Sure Tiger ranks No. 1 in top-10 finishes, scoring average, and is the PGA's money leader...again. 

But let's look at the unordinary. For one, Tiger has not won, let alone played consistently well, in a major this season. If not for a magical Sunday push at the Master's, Tiger would have left in the middle of the pack. Tiger played at a mediocre level at best while defending his U.S. Open Championship, and have we forgotten already that he did not even make the cut at the British Open.

That last fact is most shocking: he didn't make the cut!

Tiger blew his first 54-hole major lead in his life this year at the PGA Championship. He missed essentially a tournament tying putt on the 18th hole last week at the Barclay's. In this lifetime, we have not seen Tiger blow a lead, or miss a crucial putt.

This is a guy that holds, or shares, the records for the lowest 72-hole scores in relation to par in every major championship.

This is a guy that made 142 consecutive cuts.

This is the only guy to be under par in every event played on the PGA tour for an entire year, a year in which his scoring average was a record 68.17.  

Tiger was the youngest ranked No. 1 player in the world at age 21 and he's been there ever since.  

So you see, there is something strange going on this year with Tiger. There is no question that his talent, his game, and his head are still there.

"Can I have my mojo back Lucas Glover?"

..."And my Green Jacket Angel?"