How much more will we see Tiger Woods this season?
Would he be a good Ryder Cup choice now? No.
As for the playoffs, he starts back in the pack and would need to strongly contend, maybe even win, to stay alive at some point.
And that's if he wanted to continue to fail in public.
In my view, the incubation phase of torment – nine months since november – evolved in the manner of a kaleidoscope: with each shift of the glass, the images changed into different, and yet similar, forms of uncertainty, disgrace, denial and confusion. Everyone who follows golf understood what the week at Firestone meant for Tiger's recovery.
He'd owned this golf course, and he was coming off a week in Scotland where only his putter was out of whack. I assumed he'd climbed out of the pit, but he's obviously fallen back in. The performance in the first three rounds in Akron has been a monumental setback in that it has stolen hope and confidence. And every second of this dysfunction, like his life since Thanksgiving, has been observed.
Some might suggest karma or penance. They'd be right.
I think his best option is to call Time Out.
And then figure out which step he should take next.
I had the golf on yesterday afternoon without sound and watched snippets of Tiger's third round lowlights. I thought i was watching a forestry documentary, or the PGA version of "The Perils of Pauline."
Each time i viewed the screen Tiger was either in the woods or perched upon a precipice of impending disaster. All that was missing was cheesy music, and a guy with a thin moustache long enough to curl upwards, dressed in black – hat, coat, pants and shirt – snarling as he tied Tiger to the railroad tracks. Round the bend, the 911 to Cleveland, with smoke spiraling and Casey Jones himself at the controls, comes into view. Oh dear.
I was glad to witness the "golf" without the drone of Nantz and company.
Tiger's body language was that of a weary mute.