Tiger Woods came up short at the U.S. Open, but he has two more chances to win a major in 2012, and he will deliver.
Woods played excellent golf in the first two rounds at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and was one-under par heading into the weekend. He then struggled throughout the final 36 holes and finished at seven-over par and tied for 21st place.
His scores of 75 and 73 in the third and fourth rounds put him one stroke better than his worst-ever finish at a U.S. Open, as noted by the Washington Post.
Everything fell apart for Woods at the end of the tournament, but before that, he was playing at a high level.
Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March with a score of 13-under and took the Memorial Tournament in June with a score of nine-under.
He finally looked like he had returned to the form he was in while dominating every other golfer on the planet. Throughout the first two rounds in San Francisco, he continued to provide his fans with hope that he was back.
But the U.S. Open is the toughest tournament in golf, and it is not all that surprising that the difficult course eventually got the best of Woods.
So he is not all the way back—yet.
Still, his recent performances are miles ahead of the way he was playing while struggling with injuries and problems in his personal life. Steady improvement over time is an excellent sign that he will climb back to the top of world rankings.
Now that he has proven to himself that he can be competitive at a major, he will head into the Open Championship with renewed confidence.
He did not play well for a whole tournament, but this was the first time in years that he truly threatened to be in contention at a major. That will definitely cause a morale boost, and Woods will be in the right mindset to put on more solid performances at the two remaining major championships.
Woods showed flashes of his old self at the U.S. Open, and this suggests that he will return to winning form sooner rather than later. He put together half a tournament at the U.S. Open, and he will go the distance at one of the two remaining majors in 2012.