Tiger Woods made an enthralling start to the tournament but failed to continue with the flair until the end of the day. As day one finished at the PGA Championship, the former world number one had shot three double bogeys, carding a 7-over 77.
Woods most certainly wasn’t hoping for a start like this. Critics and analysts will mutually agree that this was one of the worst starts to a tournament in Woods’ career. Currently Woods is 14 shots off from Steve Stricker who is leading at the PGA Championship.
Earlier in the tournament, five holes on the board and Woods was tied for the lead at 3 under, however the Golf God was unable to maintain his form which started degenerating with each hole. Woods, who was once considered to be the best golf player born on Earth, lost his tee shot on the par-3 15th, and from there onwards his performance went downhill on a steep slope.
Further down the lane, Woods finished his final 13 holes at 10 over, making it the worst opening round he has experienced in his career at a major. Last week, 35-year-old Woods stated in a press release that he will not be able to take part in Greensboro, N.C. next week because of a family commitment.
If that is the case then Woods might as well kiss the FedEx Cup playoffs good-bye as the US PGA Championship would be his last chance to qualify for the tournament. Woods is currently ranked at the 129th spot on the charts. To play in the FedEx Cup playoffs Woods would need to finish this tournament ranking at least 20th. It should also be worth mentioning that the top 125 after Greensboro advance to the playoff opener, The Barclays which is dated from 25th of August to the 28th.
Woods made his return to golf after a 3 month long absence. A knee injury forced him to limp of the course in May after which rumors of Woods retirement exploded. A few weeks ago, Woods snubbed the speculation saying he was back to rejuvenate his career and win more silverware.
Woods aims to become the best golf player ever, a prospect which he is still very much capable of achieving even though his form would beg to differ. Nonetheless, if Woods finds his old form again then Tiger would again be the only predator in the Woods.