A Tiger with whom we are not familiarIn light of Tiger's dour demeanor Thursday, Thomas Boswell at the Washington Post is questioning whether the big guy still has the chutzpah to win 19 majors. Boswell was particularly alarmed by Tiger's admission that he was simply "plugging along" at Pebble …
…"Plugging along" is an adequate strategy in majors. But it's not what you expect from Woods at either of the classic courses [Pebble and St. Andrews] where he has owned everything but the fishing rights. If he goes O-fer the '10 majors, with a zilch at his other favorite track—Augusta National—already in the books this year, then don't we have to reevaluate everything?
Jack's record? If Woods can't win here or at St. Andrews next month, who says he'll ever pass Nicklaus at all? This month, even the Olden Bear himself, professing faith that Woods will prevail and win at one of these two sites, has stressed their importance in the trajectory of Woods's career.
This time Watson comes up at short at 17Gwenn Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle trailed Tom Watson and his youthful playing partners Ryo Ishikawa and Rory McIlroy. The round included a bittersweet moment at the par-3 17th, where need we remind you Watson holed out a chip on his way to Open glory back in '82…
The emotional highlight of the day came, as expected, at 17. The mixed-generation threesome had another long wait, and Watson strolled 100 yards up from the tee and stood there for several minutes, half watching the group in front, but mostly looking around, at the sky, the gallery, the sea. At one point, he did a stretching exercise and pantomimed some swings.
Photographers, massed at the tee box, moved out toward Watson and started snapping like mad. From behind, he looked like royalty surveying his kingdom.
But on Thursday, No. 17 rendered its sovereign a commoner. He dropped his tee shot into a bunker on the left side of the green, not too far from where he made the stunning chip shot out of the rough to secure his last U.S. Open crown 28 years ago.
Trying to Move OnKaren Crouse of The New York Times caught up with Ty Tryon, the Danny Pintauro of golf. Tryon, who bagged his Tour card at 17 but hasn't done much since, played his way to Pebble through sectional qualifying. He shot 74 Thursday then reflected on his fall from grace.
"If I'm honest with myself, I definitely did sabotage myself in some ways," Tryon said. "It's like I really didn't embrace my path. I had a little trouble just being comfortable with the image that I had. I was a good kid, but I wasn't perfect. It created a strange dynamic."
He added, "I think I was just probably a little bit too good and too immature and maybe too hard-headed."