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The week before, he won at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and some were declaring he was "back." Others were not so sure.
Tiger has had a couple of rough years with physical problems and, of course, his divorce which was a result of a vast amount of stupidity on his part. He has also been trying to change elements of the way he swings his clubs. All of this converged into a period when he did poorly on the golf courses.
So, this week was disappointing to some when he didn't dominate the scoring at Augusta. But that's not the way golf works. Ask Rory McIlroy, the recently ranked number one player in the world:
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rory McIlroy sat on a bench at the 11th tee, head down, chewing on a sandwich that, at that moment, must have tasted like sawdust.
Considered one of the two favorites coming into the tournament, and in position to seize control on Saturday, McIlroy turned in a wretched 5-over 77 that went wrong from the very first double-bogeyed on No. 1. [source]Golf is a game where you can do everything right and everything goes wrong. It is a game of inches. Ask Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 Open Championship. He made a perfect putt which stopped before falling into the cup... with half the ball over the cup opening. There must have been one blade of grass pushing against it. That is all that prevented him from sharing the lead at The Masters.
Tiger Woods' bad luck was self-generated this week. He alternated between looking like an amateur with shots flying in random directions and making spectacular recoveries. That's not good enough to win. But it's enough to show that he still has "game" and is still a formidable competitor.
Thus, Tiger is positioned at a tie for 38th after three rounds at The Masters. Before you get all teary-eyed for him, you should look at the scoring and note that there are a lot of really good players playing worse than Tiger. He may not win this week's tournament, but he's baaaack!