Everyone needs to cut Tiger Woods some slack

mulligan, 10 April 2007, Comments Off on Everyone needs to cut Tiger Woods some slack
Categories: masters, tiger

I’ve been waiting for someone to stand up for Tiger Woods, but apparently it’s easy to join the chorus of Tiger-naysayers. It almost seems like some people enjoy, with glee, watching Tiger lose. So he didn’t close out the 2007 Masters. So what?

His record for past majors is that he’s won every major where he’s had the lead after 54 holes. That record (which is still intact) suggests that Tiger doesn’t typically come from behind to win. This week was no different. He wasn’t leading after 54 holes, and he lost after 72 holes. Same old Tiger.

And most people seem to be forgetting that Tiger Woods was really the only person (except for Justin Rose for a few moments before he self-destructed on 17) that threatened down the stretch. Sure, there were a few others but they faltered long before 17. Tiger’s driver is balky, but had he converted the makeable birdie putt on 16, he’d have closed the gap to 1-stroke with 2 holes left. Even on the 18th hole, Tiger was still a threat of making eagle (remember Pebble Beach). And had Tiger holed out, Zach Johnson would’ve been toast because he was already so teary-eyed doing all those interviews on 18.


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