Professional golfer Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.” The truth behind this quote was illustrated to perfection this weekend by the mediocre performance provided by Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational. At a course where Tiger Woods has won seven previous times, he posted a final round 77 and finished the tournament at a whopping 18 over par, good enough for 78th place out of 80 golfers. This tournament marks the worst finish in Woods career and once again proves how mental the game of golf truly is. Tiger simply has not been the same since his highly publicized family problems first made headlines last thanksgiving. The steadfast focus and determination to win which Woods made famous was nowhere to be seen this weekend when he looked defeated throughout.
The only shred of good news that Tiger can take from the tournament is that he will maintain his world number one ranking, for now at least. Phil Mickelson had the opportunity to take over that distinction with a top four finish but shot a disappointing final round 78. With Tiger in the midst of a freefall both on and off the golf course the number one ranking could be up for grabs again next weekend at the final major of the year, the PGA Championship at Sheboygan, Wisconsin’s Whistling Straights golf course.
With a major title and the number one world ranking on the line, Tiger Woods should have all the motivation he needs to try and save what he can from what has been a nightmare of a year.