Randall Mell quotes Tiger about his post-round inadvertent collision with a lens following a dreadful Saturday round. Flatlies.com has the video. Thanks reader Rob for catching it.
**Tough reviews on Tiger's 75, starting with Robert Lusetich:
Woods, though, was hitting approaches well short of the greens, or on the front of the putting surfaces, and seemed shocked when his ball didn't run to the pin, as it had done on Thursday and Friday.
He was even worse with a putter in his hand; one of the greatest clutch putters in history took a preposterous 34 strokes.
"They looked quick, but they putted slow," he bemoaned of the greens later.
As for Sunday's final round, Woods did his best to portray the kind of confidence that once came naturally. "I'm definitely still in the ball game," he said. "I'm only five back, and that's certainly doable on this golf course." He also said, "It's just patience. It's just a few birdies here and there. It's not like where you have to go out there and shoot 62 and 63. This is a U.S. Open. You just have to hang around."
Never, not once, did Tiger Woods hang around and win a major. Every time, 14 times, he has been on the lead going to Sunday.
Of the last 11 twosomes off the tee on Saturday, only one player shot a higher score. A 17-year-old amateur whipped him by five shots. Worse, he dropped into a tie for 14th, with a slew of decorated past U.S. Open winners either tied or in front of him, like Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen.