In his worst event as a professional golfer, Tiger Woods finished the weekend with a 77 in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Woods finished 78th in an 80 player field by shooting 18-over par for the tournament. Even the most trusted online sportsbooks setting Tiger as the favorite to win were surprised by the result.
The No. 1 player in the world has won at the Firestone Country Club seven times in his career, and has never finished worse than a tie for fifth. His 12th appearance at the course turned ugly Sunday.
“Shooting 18-over par is not fun,” Woods said afterward. “I don’t see how it can be fun shooting 18 over, especially since my handicap is supposed to be zero. … It’s tough. Yeah, it’s tough.”
When Woods was asked about his performance this year, he reacted by saying, “doesn’t surprise me at all, actually.” Asked to describe his season, Woods could only say, “It’s been a long year.”
Not since the 2003 PGA championship had Woods shot all four rounds over par. He also shot his three worse scores at the Firestone in his career.
“The only thing I can say all week is I was patient, and unfortunately that’s not enough,” Woods said.
The tie for 78 was the worst finish for Woods at a tournament in which he completed 72 holes since placing 60th in 1996 at the Greater Milwaukee Open in his rookie season on the PGA tour. He also finished 67 at the Memorial in 1997, but that tournament was shortened to 54 holes.
Tiger admitted after the round that he need to improve most every aspect of his game in order to return to championship form. New online sportsbooks should favor Woods until he loses the top ranking.
“I need to hit the ball better, I need to chip better, I need to putt better and I need to score better,” Woods added.
Now Corey Pavin has a tough choice whether or not to include Woods on the American Ryder Cup team. Cup team participant Anthony Kim was paired with Woods Sunday, and had nothing but praise for Woods.
“You can’t not pick the guy,” Kim said. “In match play and events like that it’s about who wants to win more and who’s going to suck it up more and who’s going to grind through bad golf shots, tough situations and sometimes a hostile crowd. I know he wants to win and I would love to have him as a teammate if I make the team.
PGA sportsbooks have set the Americans as the underdogs to win the 2010 Ryder Cup at +190. The Europeans are favored to win at -190