The Bridgestone Invitational is over for Tiger Woods, and the leaders still don’t tee off for another couple of hours. Today Tiger scored a 77 to cap off the worst four days of scoring in his professional career, 18 over par.
Tiger said he wasn’t surprised by his performance this week. When asked why he wasn’t surprised about his performance by the press, his answer was, “it’s been a long year.”
In a few hours we’ll get to see if Phil Mickelson can climb up the leaderboard from 10th position to a top four, which would put in in the #1 world ranking.
It will be an interesting rest of the day and I’ll be sitting here watching it all because my back is out and I can’t play right now.
My fellow golf blogger (who also qualifies as a golf writer) has a fun read on Tiger Woods’ post round comments today at the 3rd round of the Bridgestone Invitational. After a round of 75 where he mentally threw in the towel, Tiger told the press to “go talk to the leaders.”
Pop over to Jay’s blog to read more.
It is sort of interesting that the Bridgestone is a no-cut event. TW could have gone home already with a missed cut in a normal event, but has to endure the misery of not playing golf up to the level he or anyone else expects from him for this weekend. Obviously the pending divorce, which he isn’t talking about, is weighing heavily on his game.
Meanwhile Bubba Watson is looking good at the beginning of the round and has the lead. Phil Mickelson is one stroke back, smelling a #1 world ranking.
Tiger Woods is in jeopardy of losing his number one ranking at this week’s Bridgestone Invitational. Both Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson had the chance to overtake Tiger coming into this weekend if TW, but Westwood has withdrawn with that same nagging leg injury he’s had for a few weeks. He will not be playing in next week’s PGA Championship either. Speculation is that he’s resting up the leg for the Ryder Cup.
Phil on the other hand, can overtake Tiger with a win or a top four and with Tiger finishing outside the top 37. With rounds of 74 + 72 (failing to break par in either of the first two rounds of the Bridgestone), Tiger currently sits at a tie for 72nd place.
SI has come out with their “Fortunate 50” list for 2010. Once again the top to highest paid athletes are golfers!
#1: Tiger Woods has been the highest paid athlete for seven years in a row, despite a drop in $22 million last year. Boy how much could you do with an extra $22 million per year? Was it worth it? Despite dropping $22 million, Tiger still brought in $90 million. I suspect that number will be smaller for next year.
#2: Phil Mickelson is once again #2 in earnings and brought in $61 million.
Thanks to my buddy Jason W. for referring me to an article from Joe Posnanski from SI. Had he not pointed it out I never would have read it. I rarely read articles by the regular sports media, or as they like to be called, “journalists.” I prefer to read my fellow golf bloggers. Most journalists love to point out that us bloggers are not journalists. In my case I take that as a compliment. Actually, I insist that I’m a blogger and not a journalist. That whole discussion is for another day.
All that circular gibberish aside, I officially like Joe and I’ll check out more of his pieces.
Joe’s article basically ponders the possibilities of Tiger’s “time” being over. Has his incredible run of regular PGA Tour and major championship victories ended? The bookies and many people in the media sure don’t seem to think so and neither did many of my buddies. I had Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Padraig Harrington at the top of my list.
I reckon back to my golf round Tuesday in my men’s club when my buddy Dan asked me how Tiger would do in the (British) Open Championship. He asked me “field or Tiger?” I clearly and confidently answered “field.” Then I told him that despite the fact that St. Andrews seemed like a pitch and putt for Tiger in 2000 and 2005, I doubted Tiger would record a top 10 finish. My reason wasn’t that Tiger’s time was done, but rather his mind can’t be clear enough to concentrate at a level high enough to win a major so close to his personal issues and (apparent) divorce.
The next few years will be interesting to say the least. Can Tiger break Jack’s record or even threaten it? Many new players are surfacing and the fields do nothing but get stronger. Winning a major for anyone continues to get more and more difficult. Meanwhile, Tiger gets older. The mental drain he endures with his personal life and the ever irritating (to him) media grinds away at him and his ability to focus. It has to. He’s human.