By Guardian Express Staff
If you’re looking for a lead headline with Tiger Woods’ name at the top, quit looking he’s out of contention by all practicality. The three time U.S. Open Champion has never come from five shots behind after three rounds of play in any of his 14 Major wins. Woods looked as though he had lost the eye of the tiger, unable to birdie on any hole. Tiger bogeyed 4 times during the first eight holes, and drove the ball off the tee on the ninth hole, as the usually consistent golfer sent the ball into the crowd. Nevertheless, it was the only hole Woods was able to birdie.
Tiger looked particularly offbeat during the last eight holes, barely keeping in reach of the leaders. There was little if anything for the crowd to cheer at when it was Tiger’s turn to hit the ball.
Perhaps the only excitement in the third round came when the 17-year-old Beau Hossler birdied after bogeying on four occasions. The amateur golfer finished the day even-par and sits at 3-over for the Open and is tied for eighth, two shots behind the clubhouse lead and four behind Jim Furyk.
Woods’ strength has always been his consistent play, which was obviously absent today. To put it bluntly, Tiger’s play was painful to watch. Several times he forced himself to have to play from the bunker. He just seemed to struggle at every hole. When it looked as though he had overcome his early mediocre play, inconsistency continued to plague his game.
If you were expecting the U.S. Open to officially mark Tiger’s four year comeback, you’ll have to wait until the next Major. It’s a different time and a different Tiger Woods.