Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tiger Woods: This Type of Monumental Collapse Has Not Been Seen Before In Sports

Tiger Woods was at 3-under par through the first five holes during Thursday's opening round of the 2011 PGA Championship, and final major of the year.

Despite the list of mistresses, critics and Steve Williams' remarks, Woods was back to reclaim is rightful place on the throne of golf.

However, we forgot one thing, he is playing the sport of golf and nothing is guaranteed -- not even for Tiger Woods.

Woods would end up finishing round one of the PGA Championship with a 7-over par 77, and in 88th place on the leaderboard.

The 35-year-old has officially fallen from the golf world in 2011.

When was the last time we saw this in sports, though?

A player at the peak of his sport, completely dominating his game, suddenly cannot find the same talent he had just a year and a half ago?

Woods was the sport of golf. He is to whom golf on the major network stations, Golf Channel and the young guns of the sport should be attributed.

Just two years ago, Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major victories was going to be simple to surpass for Woods. Now, it is slowly fading to more wishful thinking.

We can talk about the fall of Michael Vick or the hated persona of Lebron James, but those players ended up rising above those odds and are currently at the top of their sports yet again.

In golf, it simply does not work that way, at least, not at the moment.

There is no option of hitting rock bottom in the sport and overcoming that to become great once again -- not with the amount of things on Woods' mind these days.

It is a tribute to the sport and the players competing. A clear mind, sweet swing and competitive nature bring competitors success in this game, and Woods currently does not have two out of those three.

Will we ever see Woods' like we saw him years ago?

The more days go by and the more 7-over par 77's are posted, the more Woods' career is just another one that came so close to Nicklaus', even though we know he was much, much more.

We can credit the game, but most of all, credit Woods for a monumental rise and fall from the graces of the golf world.

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