Another Loss As Tiger Becomes A Pussycat Player

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Written By Hasan Rezazadeh

Tiger Woods seems more of a pussycat than an untamed beast on the golf course.

Woods turned out reluctantly and unexpectedly for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina where he needed to win to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Before the championship teed off, the chatter was Woods was a giant among mere mortals and most expected he just had to turn up to win.

However, life has turned sour for the former golden boy of golf who racked up records and championships in an illustrious career that has seen him go off the boil in recent years.

What happened at Wyndham was a fairy story for Davis Love, the winner with a six under par round of 64.

At 51 years old, he is the third oldest player to win a PGA title and victory was even sweeter because he carried off the cup in style.

Out of sorts

Woods seemed demoralised and out of sorts.

Only two strokes off the lead at the start of the final day, he performed dismally by his standards to end with a ranking of 178 on 70 after killing his challenge with a triple bogey on a the four par 11th hole.

The cut-off was 125th place, to show just how poor a round Woods put in.

Meanwhile, Love started at 186th and played his way up to the top spot to win by just one stroke, earning a £616,450 prize.

Woods will have to rest on his laurels for the rest of the season as this was his last chance of qualifying for any meaningful championship.

“Any win is good if you are over 50 years old,” said Love.

Woods was at least magnanimous in defeat.

Prone to errors

“Dennis played well and I had every chance but just wasted one after the other,” he said. “Now I’m taking a break until the next season starts in October.”

Love’s snatched a slender victory. At one point, five players shared the lead at 15 under par, but Woods was still way of the mark.

Once a player feared by everyone, Woods is now one of the chasing crowd prone to errors and clearly way off his best form.

His last major victory came two years ago in 2013.

“I just couldn’t get going and my shots just didn’t come off, getting worse rather than better as I failed to settle into the game,” said Woods after the match.