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Here is the opening to my Sunday column about the faltering Tiger Woods at the US Open:

SAN FRANCISCO

You can’t exactly say Tiger Woods choked.

You can’t say he choked even though he shot six bogies on Saturday, bogeyed two of his last three holes like some amateur who’d been invited to play the Open on a lark, even though he came into Saturday’s play tied for the lead at 1 under and left mired in a pack, a horde of golfers, at 4 over for the tournament and 5 behind the leaders.

He didn’t choke. He’s not there yet, although that may come. But he sure did something bad.

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  1. Johnc

    Several times Tiger was poised to land the ball close to the pin but his iron distance acuracy from close range was poor. If you don’t get it close on these greens then only pure luck will get you a birdie. In the past Tiger would loft shots that would drop straight down and spin back to the hole. That’s when he was playing instinctively. Now he has a mechanical swing. On the pregame show it was revealed that Tiger wants his teacher (lets call him
    “mechanical man”) to stay away from him on the range while he warms up because having mechanical- man scrutinize him all the time makes Tiger uncomfortable. It was creeping him out because Tiger does not want to always be thinking mechanical thoughts anymore. But when he played today it was obvious that there was a war going on his head between instinct and mechanical- man instructions. It can make a mess of you when the whole world is watching. I think in time Tiger’s new swing will become more instinctive because with enough repetition it will become embedded into his muscle memory.I simply would not be bet against Tiger becoming great again.

    June 17th, 2012 1:03 am

  2. Lo Sbandato

    So when are you going to get back to writing about sports instead of this pop culture crap? LeeAnn RImes is more athletic than Tiger Woods.

    June 17th, 2012 2:06 am

  3. Stan

    On the sports highlights show..Tiger Woods face on that sideways put and Tim Lincecums after another bad outing..were almost identical. Like they were in pain. Both are in the same boat..still among the good,but not near great like both were two years ago.
    A good lesson not to F-up your body .One with steroids and ambien..and the other..well,a really bad diet.
    I think there are many more personal parallels between the two. Fathers for one…

    June 17th, 2012 8:25 am

  4. Dennis

    The real problm for Tiger, according to Johnny Miller, was that the greens were much slower than the day before because they watered them. You couldn’t get any roll on your approach shots and putts came up short 75% of the time. He said that Tiger had a history of not being able to make that sort of adjustment to his game in the middle of a tournament, if the course was unexpectedly slower. I didn’t know about that history, but you could certainly see it as things unfolded throughout the round. He got real frustrated towards the end.

    June 17th, 2012 8:27 am

  5. Brady

    Happy Father’s Day, Lowell!

    June 17th, 2012 2:36 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    Thanks, Brady

    June 17th, 2012 2:38 pm

  7. Dave T

    It was painful to watch some of the best players int he game struggle with a course that had clearly changed on them. Starting much later in the day they faced a course way different from the first two days. That late in the day the course and the greens have become drier and harder and in a cruel twist of fate, the grass has grown to its longest length of the day and the grain is the most severe. Tiger, Furyk and even McDowell struggle over the weekend and it showed. Simpson won the tournament, but the real winner was Olympic and the USGA. The USGA was shown up badly last year and they wanted to be sure that did not happen again and it showed. A shame really because it became more a game of luck, getting the right bounce when you landed on the green or fairway, than a game of skill. Overall a good Open. and the USGA showed its teeth.

    June 18th, 2012 9:35 am

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