Second Time Around, Not So Great

Second Time Around, Not So Great

All of the hype surrounding the return of the great Tiger Woods has been silenced by his second round elimination at the Accenture Match Play Championship.  Unable to defend his title, Tiger fell victim to the excellent play of the South African, Tim Clark.  Another victim of Tiger’s early exit were the ratings; they took a dramatic fall the next morning due to the absence of the PGA’s knight in shinning armor.

Early on, things were looking good for Tiger after he beat his first round opponent, Brendan Jones, 3 and 2.  Analysts noted that Tiger’sgolf swing looked normal after his first round of play at the Arizona based tournament.  Speculation from the fans and sports reporters was high after the first round, and it seemed that Tiger was on his game and set to make a run for a back-to-back title.  So what happened to him in the second round?  Its simple, he just got out played.

Tiger and Clark went back and forth with shot after shot falling on top of each other.  To sum up the outcome more clearly, Clark managed to control his game better than Tiger.  Clark had the better golf swing of the day with Tiger falling behind with small errors here and there.  After the smoke had cleared and Tiger’s defeat was official, the spectators and media professionals slowly made their way to the exits and never really looked back.  The final match of the tournament between Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey resembled a ghost town with the television cameras occasionally picking up sparse clapping noises and tiny groups of viewers.

The main point that people need to understand is that Tiger Woods is human; he can make mistakes.  The Accenture Match Play Championship was Tiger’s first time back since the 2008 US Open so it had to be expected that he might be a little rusty.  Perhaps Tiger’s trainer will be extending different golfing tips to him this week to help him fare better for the next upcoming tournament.  Keep in mind though, Tiger Woods is the type of golfer that will lick his wounds and continue to move forward.  He is still the greatest golfer of today with the most sought after golf swing in the business.  Its almost certain that he will eventually get back on his feet and continue to be a dominating presence on the PGA Tour.