One of the most important moments in any professional golf tournament is the end of the second round when the cut is made.
If you make the cut, you will make some money. If you don't, it's time to pack up the Airstream and head to the next tournament.
This past week, at the PGA Tour stop outside Philadelphia, the leader board featured a number of players at three under; which was the cut line. They were holding their breath to see if they would be able to play on the weekend. Five names in a row on the PGA Tour's own website were, D. A. Points, Michael Connell, Jason Dufner, John Merrick and Tiger Woods.
That's right. Those five guys were sweating out the cut.
We don't really care about the first four guys who worry about the cut almost every week. But that last guy? For him worrying about the cut is like Erin Andrews wondering if guys like her.
For some reason, I was watching the post round press conferences last week. The PGA Tour doesn't bring also-rans to the interview room. Only the leaders get to show up. We had Jason Day and Jeff Overton in the interview room.
Tiger did his interview with a single radio guy who was brave enough to stick a mike in his face and ask what the thought about his round. And that's the big problem. Tiger lied to the guy. He said he felt good about his game. He said he was close. He said he just needed to make some putts. He said he thought he could get back into the tournament during the weekend.
Watching him you could easily tell that he was lying. He was in robo-mode, unwilling or unable to talk about how he really felt.
If Tiger Woods were truly honest he'd say something like "I really have no idea why I'm playing so lousy. I can't stand it. This is driving me nuts. I just got divorced. I'm ready to chew nails." Then he'd break down in big tears.
I was cruising around Tiger's own website and found this wonderful post. There's a section where Tiger answers e mails from his fans. Here's the way it went:
Do you enjoy playing so far away from home? I can imagine that, now that you have children, it's got to be hard to be so far away from them.
-- Rupert from Houston
"You're exactly right, Rupert. Now, it's very difficult to leave Elin and the children, and I'm sure it's only going to get tougher. Once Sam and Charlie start school, it won't be easy to take them out of class for a week-long trip. A veteran pro once told them it's tough to leave them as babies, but once they ask you not to go, it breaks your heart. That's something I'll always remember."
Tiger Woods obviously has only a nodding acquaintance with the truth. He lied to his family and his friends and his fans. Not little lies, either. Big dirty lies.
And you've got to wonder if his inability to face the truth will allow him to ever win a golf tournament again.
There used to be an old television show called "Father Knows Best." Tiger is living a television show called "Tiger Knows Best." His game is obviously in a shambles, but he fired his coach because he said "nobody knows my swing better than I do." If that's his criteria for help or assistance, he must be a very, very lonely guy.
His life is absolute chaos. He wanted to have a second birthday party for his four-year-old daughter because he missed the first one when he was playing in the U. S. Open. So they had the party. Tiger showed up two hours late. He did, however, bring a present.
Two days after that his wife announced that the divorce agreement had been reached and Tiger was gone. He left behind a great-looking but scorned wife who won't have any trouble meeting a nice guy, two cute kids and $750 million.
My guess is that it's over for Tiger. Too much has happened. He's told too many lies, to other people and to himself. I'm not sure Tiger would recognize the truth or an honest emotion.
I'm also not sure he realizes that in order to win he's got to somehow get the junk out of his life. All I know for sure is that he shows no outward signs of doing that.
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