Whether or not Tiger Woods’ performance last week at Torrey Pines, which landed him a ghastly T44 finish, was an indication that 2011 will be another dreadful dose of mediocrity like last season remains to be seen. For the Tiger once heralded as golf’s "great one," Woods looked unrecognizable under the sun of the Farmer's Insurance Open, where he had conquered fields throughout his career.
In his previous 12 tournaments, or 47 rounds, Woods made a mockery of Torrey Pines, winning tournaments like Jordan won NBA Championships. Tiger captured six Buick Invitational victories, the 2008 US Open on a shattered leg, and prior to last weekend had never finished out of the top-10 or more than four shots behind the winner.
After shooting two 69’s to open the event, which put Tiger in position to contend for the weekend, Woods’ game began to visibly disintegrate. Posting consecutive over-par rounds of 74-75 for the weekend caused Woods to plummet down the leaderboard, confirming the looming concern that Tiger’s perpetual search for his once dominant game was nowhere near finished.
But those first two days were a spark, draining nine birdies against just three bogeys in his first 36 holes. Had he stayed on that track he could have won the tournament, or at the very least earned a top five finish. Instead, over his next 36 holes he made just four birdies paired with nine bogeys, en route to but another disappointing finish.
What can Tiger Woods do to get back on top?