Like so many who are down on their luck, Tiger Woods retreated to a sports bar to drown his sorrows. His own bar, as it happens.
It opened for business last Monday close to his home in Jupiter, Florida and when it was planned its owner probably had evenings of celebration in mind when he returned from tournaments. The first week might even have been chosen to coincide with the US PGA Championship, with Tiger no doubt envisaged in the thick of things come the weekend at the event he used to own. Instead, his plan for the first Saturday night was to pull up a bar stool and watch.
No jokes, please — at least he made it through to the weekend at the season’s final major. His fleeting appearance lasted all of 60 minutes as he completed the formalities of his second round, held over from the previous evening because of a vicious storm that blew through the region.
Like Elvis in the years when he became a gross imitation of his former self, Tiger can still draw a heck of a crowd.
Making it to the Wisconsin wilderness by 7am is no mean feat but the sell-out audience knew Woods would be done before the normal working day began, and so thousands packed the grandstands over the closing holes. ‘It’s supposed to go right,’ said Woods plaintively at the 15th, as his putt for a par went left. Yet another bogey, and with it any hope of making the halfway cut had gone.
It took 20 years for Tiger to miss three cuts at the majors. Now he’s missed three in a row, and four out of the last five. Not just missed them either. That grotesque world ranking, currently 278th and destined to plummet far below 300 over the next month, does not lie. Woods is down to compete at this week’s low-key Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, an event he has never even contemplated competing in before.


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