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Woods withdraws after fast Sawgrass splashdown
cbssports.com ^ | 5-12-11 | SteveElling

Posted on 05/12/2011 8:47:44 AM PDT by rawhide

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla . -- Tiger Woods stood behind the ninth green on Thursday and wondered aloud at what had just transpired.

On a day in which good shots were few and far between, not to mention few and far afield, he has just bombed his second shot on the par-5 hole over the green on the fly and into an oak tree behind the green. It was a towering shot that was seemingly in the air forever.

He handed the club back to caddie Steve Williams and said, "I just hit it 290 with a 5-wood?"

Even the rare good shots turned out porrly for the fading, former world No. 1 in the first round of the Players Championship, and he finished with a bogey before withdrawing for the second consecutive year.

A moment latrer, he handed his golf glove to Williams and his scorecard to playing partner Martin Kaymer and told them he was punching out after nine holes.

"I am having a hard time walking," Woods said.

Not to mention a difficult time scoring. He shot 6-over 42 on the front nine and was tied for last when he decided to head to the TPC Sawgrass locker room, visibly limping.

It was downhill from the start for Woods...

(Excerpt) Read more at steveelling.blogs.cbssports.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: golf; hgh; sawgrass; steroids; tiger; woods
How the mighty have fallen! No sympathy from me!
1 posted on 05/12/2011 8:47:47 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Not to mention a difficult time scoring

He certainly didn't have a difficult time "scoring" when he was still married to Elin.

2 posted on 05/12/2011 8:49:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rawhide
"I just hit it 290 with a 5-wood?"

What? I'd be surprised if he couldn't hit a 5-wood 80 yards farther than me.

3 posted on 05/12/2011 8:50:57 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: dfwgator

She got out when the getting out was good! I am happy for her that she took Tiger to the cleaners. I read where she is dating again. I hope she finds true happiness. She seems like a lovely person. Tiger threw it all away for a few fleeting moments of pleasure.


4 posted on 05/12/2011 8:52:33 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I’m over 50 and can still stick my fairway-7* 200 yards.

* Can’t bring myself to call it a 7-wood in a Tiger article....just can’t.


5 posted on 05/12/2011 8:53:39 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: dfwgator
He certainly didn't have a difficult time "scoring" when he was still married to Elin.

And taking Hgh and steroids

6 posted on 05/12/2011 8:53:42 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: rawhide
I agree. The only thing more disgusting than Woods is the man-crush so many male sports reporters have for him. If I didn't know any better, I'd think that ESPN and The Golf Channel were paid PR firms hired to boost his image. They see the king in new clothes while I just see a punk.
7 posted on 05/12/2011 8:58:38 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Dick Vomer

That’s the shame of it for his golf game. His swing fit his long body type when younger and as he got thicker (due to HGH/steroids as you say) he had to continually try and modify it to reflect new restrictions based on muscle mass.

Led to forcing more torque out of his knees and opening his hips more to compensate...can’t solve timing issues consistently which is obvious in his off the tee game.

I would bet that as he slims back down (due to drug testing on PGA) he will actually improve if his ego will let him.


8 posted on 05/12/2011 9:01:21 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: rawhide
Im sure there is someone else el Tigre can blame.
9 posted on 05/12/2011 9:03:05 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: MNlurker

The main problem with Tiger is he is playing a mind game now, not playing golf. He will never be great again, imo. He is finished. He will never pass Jack Nicholas’s major win total. And if not, I am very happy with that.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 9:05:09 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: ├čudda├čudd

George Bush?


11 posted on 05/12/2011 9:05:43 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

My man Seve Ballesteros hitting the 1 iron in heaven.

12 posted on 05/12/2011 9:12:43 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: rawhide

No juice, no titles


13 posted on 05/12/2011 9:13:17 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: rawhide
Tiger threw it all away for a few fleeting moments of pleasure.

It was more than a few...

14 posted on 05/12/2011 9:14:54 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: rawhide

“I just hit it 290 with a 5-wood?”

That’s the problem, he can’t get away from the power and distance. At the expense of flexibility he bulked up for strength. Something on the body is going to give way.


15 posted on 05/12/2011 9:16:55 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (One Big Awful Marxist America)
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To: rawhide

Redemption is a wonderful thing and I hope he finds it.

That being said I agree with you that he won’t pass Jack now. Tiger could hit the ball better than anyone when he hit the tour and in the following years. He’s no longer one of a kind anymore as practically every up and comer you see can hit the ball as far as Tiger or play the types of shots that made Tiger a legend.

Drive for show putt for dough still applies...most of these kids are far better putters than Tiger is.


16 posted on 05/12/2011 9:18:44 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: rawhide

Quitting because you aren’t doing well is not exactly good form.


17 posted on 05/12/2011 9:21:48 AM PDT by DManA
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To: MNlurker
I would bet that as he slims back down (due to drug testing on PGA) he will actually improve if his ego will let him.

Before he bulked it was amazing the clubhead speed he could generate and still maintain a firm left side. The knee just isn't make to absorb the level of force he placed on it. I think it was inevitable his body would break down sooner than most golfers do.

As for relearning a golf swing. Old habits are hard to break and when it is on the line he will always revert back to what he instinctively knows and continue to hurt himself.

18 posted on 05/12/2011 9:26:58 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: rawhide
He didn't look to me like he was having trouble walking a few weeks ago when he played OK at the Masters in fits and starts. And it's not as though he's done much since then. And if he was having that much trouble walking, why bother playing to begin with?

On top of everything else, he's become an excuse-making quitter now to boot.

19 posted on 05/12/2011 9:29:51 AM PDT by jpl
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To: rawhide

Since his putting is still working, he should join the Putt-Putt Miniature golf league.

Plenty of hot senior babes to tempt him.


20 posted on 05/12/2011 9:31:02 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: MNlurker

Tiger will never be as dominant as he was because of rule changes. Hitting v groove clubs out of rough with spin and accuracy is a lost art - a skill no longer needed after 1977. That is why you are seeing players who hit a high percentage of fairways off the tee succede.

Woods was nnever an accurate driver. Boxed grooves, however, let him rip many shots out of poor lies with enough accuracy to bring his phenomenal putting game into play. That type of game is gone. Good riddance as far as I am concerned. Boxed grooves changed the game to favor brutes rather than skill.


21 posted on 05/12/2011 9:34:06 AM PDT by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: rawhide

I would be surprised if Tiger makes it the US Open next month. At this point he should take the rest of the season off and do what ever he needs to do to fix his knee. If and when he does come back, I doubt if he will ever win another tourney. The younger guys are way too good these days and they are many of them.


22 posted on 05/12/2011 9:35:25 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: rawhide

Yeah, what a hedonistic ego-maniacal dum-dum. Used to love Tiger, but no sympathy here. Goodbye and good riddance.


23 posted on 05/12/2011 9:35:32 AM PDT by TheTopRead
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To: rawhide
"I am having a hard time walking," Woods said.

Considering his third leg is most important to him, it seems to me he still has two left.

24 posted on 05/12/2011 9:35:45 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: rawhide
LOL maybe Trump this time. . ▲
25 posted on 05/12/2011 9:42:18 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: rawhide

You don’t often see someone in the public eye like Tiger fall from such tremendous heights so quickly. He was probably the most known athelete in the world. He was on Michael Jordan levels before the “incident”. Now, he’s just another schlub on the PGA tour....


26 posted on 05/12/2011 9:42:39 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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27 posted on 05/12/2011 9:44:37 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: rawhide

Rumor has it he never used to pull out.


28 posted on 05/12/2011 9:45:00 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: rawhide
"I am having a hard time walking," Woods said.
Didn't some weenie golfer get the Supreme Court to allow him to use a golf cart in PGA events?
If it was just a walking problem, why didn't Woods flag down a cart?
Feckin' loser.
29 posted on 05/12/2011 9:47:01 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: frithguild
Tiger will never be as dominant as he was because of rule changes. Hitting v groove clubs out of rough with spin and accuracy is a lost art - a skill no longer needed after 1977. That is why you are seeing players who hit a high percentage of fairways off the tee succede.

Changes to groove rules and equipment changes are hardly the issue, and every golfer has to play with those changes, not just Tiger. I've also read about tests against these groove changes, and though measurably, it seems to have little overall impact on professional golfers.

The scandal and subsequent divorce has mentally affected Tiger Woods, and his recent injuries, whatever their cause, have compounded his downfall. As one who has demonstrated remarkable mental strength in the past, clearly his mental and physical abilities are out of synch. The game of golf is littered with numerous examples, but none have been as dramatic as Tiger Woods.

30 posted on 05/12/2011 9:49:51 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Lou L
Changes to groove rules and equipment changes are hardly the issue, and every golfer has to play with those changes, not just Tiger.

Well if you talk about scramblig percentage, the statistics back you up. So far in the 2011 PGA Tour season, the scrambling average is 57.46%. In 2009, the last year the pros played aggressive-grooves, scrambling was virtually the same at 57.52%. So with short shots, the statistics show the difference is not so great.

But the statistics do not talk about who benefits and who does not. The is no doubt that longer shots from poor lies or even shorter shots wet grass is a different story. Even on short grass the new grooves change the ball flight - it launches higher. So you are going to see a resurgance of blades as opposed to cavity backs.

So even though the rules apply equally to all, they favor some players over others. The new grooves favor driving accuracy (not Woods) and players that have the finesse to better control launches (not Woods). These players tend not to be brutes (Like Woods), who can use a larger sweet spot and sharper grooves to rip shots from anywhere with spin and accuracy.

I don't like golf being a game where brutes get the rewards. I prefer to reward finesse and intelligence.

31 posted on 05/12/2011 10:50:21 AM PDT by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: frithguild
I don't like golf being a game where brutes get the rewards. I prefer to reward finesse and intelligence.

Completely agree. "Bomb and gouge," the term used to describe the act of hitting it long with the driver, and "gouging" it from whatever rough or hazard onto the green, was indeed made popular during Tiger's reign. Probably since my drives are nowhere as long as I'd like them to be, do I agree with the finesse approach.

I will give Tiger credit though--he when he was able to play bomb and gouge, his short game was phenomenal, and he was clutch at putting.

32 posted on 05/12/2011 11:13:20 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: MNlurker

I noticed that a few years ago he had to shorten his swing, and go 80% to stay in control. He could still follow through, but it would be a pull hook. That’s around the time he was buffing up too. He could hit it farther and straighter as a skinny college kid. His putting ability kept him around for a while, now it’s gone too.

The affairs weren’t the real story though, it was the ‘roids. The Golf media really kept away from that. He was their bread and butter.


33 posted on 05/12/2011 1:36:57 PM PDT by CPO retired
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To: rawhide

Paging Dr. Galea...


34 posted on 05/12/2011 3:13:11 PM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
You don’t often see someone in the public eye like Tiger fall from such tremendous heights so quickly. He was probably the most known athelete in the world. He was on Michael Jordan levels before the “incident”. Now, he’s just another schlub on the PGA tour....

I can't help but think about the possibilities Tiger had. Actually, I ceased being a fan long ago (couldn't get past the arrogant, in-your-face crap this young man spewed out to the masses..but that being said and put aside...) ... Tiger had such potential to be an influence, a force for good; and on that note, he has failed so miserably, so disappointingly.

How anyone could consider him a hero is beyond me. His total lack of morals, class, character, integrity...is so obvious, and so real, and so such a let-down. Redemption? Yes, absolutely. He...like each and everyone of us has an opportunity for redemtpion. But, only if we humble ourselves and acknowledge the wickedness of our ways. Sad to say, the blinders of Tiger's eyes...still remain.

35 posted on 05/12/2011 4:50:30 PM PDT by Mean Maryjean
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To: over3Owithabrain

I agree - it was steroids and HGH that he ended when PGA began drug testing after 2008 Open at Torry Pines. He simply is not as bulky as before...and his cheating did not help either.


36 posted on 05/12/2011 5:10:02 PM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Mean Maryjean

Got a source or quote for the so-called “in your face crap” you’re talking about?


37 posted on 05/16/2011 11:29:46 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: rawhide
He handed the club back to caddie Steve Williams and said, "I just hit it 290 with a 5-wood?"

According to Shot Link he flew his 5 wood 279 yards, after a drive of 327. Those are not the numbers of someone who is injured. He withdrew because of his bad score.

38 posted on 05/16/2011 11:37:29 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: subterfuge

In his last tournament before his wife beat the crap out of him, he hit someone in the gallery with a club he had just slammed on the ground. He still swears and slams clubs on the course, so sit there smugly while you’re waiting for your source.


39 posted on 05/16/2011 11:40:00 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62; dfwgator

Oh please. Stop lying. Don’t like black folks, eh Moonie?


40 posted on 05/16/2011 11:51:56 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: subterfuge
Don’t like black folks, eh Moonie?

Why would you say that?

41 posted on 05/16/2011 11:55:42 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: subterfuge; Moonman62

I’ll never forget my husband and I watching a tournamenr, about eight-nine years ago. Tiger was in a mood, on the march, and on his way from one green to the tee box of the next, when a young kid (9-10 years old) reached out to get his autograph, which in and of itself, was not a proper thing to do, but the kid was just being a kid. Caught on camera, Tiger shoved the kid back and kept right on marching. I thought it was rude, ugly, inexcusable. So that’s my first displeasure with Tiger Woods. The rest has to do with his foul mouthed, inmature temper tantrums. On top of all of that, although none of us is perfect, his off-the-course behavior is simply shameful and totally demeaning to what is supposed to be a “gentleman’s sport.”


42 posted on 05/16/2011 1:34:30 PM PDT by Mean Maryjean
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