After watching Tiger Woods’ golf game implode at Atlanta Athletic Club, many are asking is this the worst golf Woods has ever played?
After waiting for some research from the PGA Tour, which was completed late last night, the results are in. As bad as the first two rounds were, Woods actually played worse in the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
That was the infamous week when Phil Mickelson led until he hit driver left of the 18th fairway and took a gazillion to get the ball in the hole, when Colin Montgomerie perhaps blew his last major chance. Geoff Ogilvy was the eventual winner.
It was the week when Mickelson uttered those memorable words, ”I just can't believe that I did that. I am such an idiot.”
That week, Tiger Woods shot 76-76- 152—two shots higher than he posted in the first two rounds at the 2011 PGA Championship.
However, at that point, he was still the No. 1 player in the world. Entering this week, he was No. 30 and will likely fall farther with his missed cut. Since he will not be eligible for the Fed Ex final four, he will lose more points and fall farther.
Today, there was speculation on The Golf Channel that he might not even be ranked high enough to qualify for the HSBC World Championship in Asia this fall. Should he fall below the top 60, his schedule for 2012 will change dramatically since he would not qualify for the four WGC event—which have been his bread and butter since become professional.
The ugly stats on Tiger Woods worst rounds at majors are:
Year Tournament Round 1 Round 2
2011 PGA Championship 77 (+7) 73 (+3)
2009 British Open Championship 71 (+1) 74 (+4)
2006 U.S. Open Championship 76 (+6) 76 (+6)
1996 Masters Tournament* 75 (+3) 75 (+3) *amateur
Also, according to the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods had two double bogeys in the second round and three double bogeys in the first round, which was the first time in his career that he had more than four double bogeys in a single tournament.
Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the USGA, PGA Tour or PGA of America.