Connect with us


Tiger Woods' US Open ended Thursday with 2 unusual scenes

Tiger Woods' US Open ended Thursday with 2 unusual scenes
Tiger Woods' US Open ended Thursday with 2 unusual scenes


By: James Colgan June 13, 2024

Tiger Woods' US Open ended in surprising fashion on Thursday.

Darren Riehl/GOLF

PINEHURST, NC The kids weren't screaming, they were chanting.

But on Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Open, it seemed like one chant wouldn't be enough.

“TI-GER TI-GER TI-GER,” they shouted for nearly 15 straight minutes from the Pinehurst No. 2 practice green, alternating pitch and volume depending on the proximity of their subject, Tiger Woods. After an opening round of 74 at the National Championship, Woods told the media he hoped to “hit a few” on the range, provided his back didn't strain on the short drive from the 10th tee box to the clubhouse.

His plan didn't include an autograph session, and if you've been around Tiger even once at a major championship, you knew he was unlikely to step aside, even considering taken from the wildest efforts of these singing children. Woods' eyes focus differently during big weeks, which doesn't leave much room for doodling. But these children were relentless, their resilience impervious to their target's apparent disinterest.

They sang and they sang and they sang. And after what seemed like a while, Woods stopped swinging. He turned to caddy Lance Bennett, took his putter out of his bag and started walking.

“I’m going to hit a few,” he said.

The kids grew in crescendo as Woods drilled the ground with his putter, climbing the small hill to the practice green. In a thousand other moments like these during his life as a major champion, Woods kept his eyes forward, his gaze fixed, his attention elsewhere. But for some strange reason, everything changed on Thursday at the US Open. He looked directly at the leader of the children, a little boy about 8 years old, with shaggy blond hair and a red striped shirt, and walked over.

If you were hoping to find a new version of Tiger Woods at the US Open, Thursday's round at Pinehurst No. 2 failed to convince you.

Woods looked just like the same vision for the past three months on a blazing Thursday morning in North Carolina. His ball speed was sizzling, his upper body chiseled, his movement fluid and violent…and his results maddeningly inconsistent. Officially, he shot four overs on Thursday, nine shots short of the lead established by Patrick Cantlay (and later matched by Rory McIlroy), but unofficially it was much more frustrating. Woods had by far his best driving day of the year, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and putting himself in scoring position all morning on a day when most players found conditions surprisingly easy. Yet he finished 111th in the field in putting average (with a trio of three-putts) and lost more than two shots in the field during his approach game.

“It wasn't as good as I would have liked. I was pretty one-dimensional at the start of the week, which is interesting. I was shooting the ball a lot. Now I'm cutting the ball a lot,” Woods said after his round, a sarcastic smile crossing his face. “Welcome to golf.”

And welcome to the exasperation that has defined Woods' major season in 2024. The driver has been a problem all year, and it was great on Thursday; the irons were excellent and they were very bad; the putter was ice cold during the stretches and red hot during the others. In other words, not everything is there at once.

“It’s pick your poison, right?” Woods said Thursday. “Play a lot with the potential to not play, or not play and fight while being less sharp.”

It's not all bad. Tiger reiterated Thursday that his body is slowly improving and those physical improvements are starting to show in his golf swing. CBS Sports senior analyst Trevor Immelman noted that he hasn't seen this much front leg strength in Woods' swing in “a long time.” On the range Wednesday, he crushed balls for more than an hour without any visible signs of discomfort.

These aren't the incremental improvements of a guy who finds himself seriously in contention every time he goes for it. But these are the incremental improvements of a guy who has spent a lot of time watching what he loves most from behind the scenes. And this second part explains why, if you had hoped to find a new version of Tiger Woods at the US Open, what happened after Thursday's round was so compelling.

It started on the practice range, where Woods' back held up well enough on the short shuttle back to the clubhouse that he was hitting balls for 15 minutes after his round ended, which is rare in his life after a car accident. He seemed encouraged by what he found after a few minutes of solitude with his irons and exactly one driver swing, which traveled the same line as each of his other drivers on Thursday and elicited a one-word response : Yes.

But he seemed more intrigued by what was happening next to him, where his good buddy Justin Thomas was struggling in the funk that left him with a seven-over 77 on Thursday. As Woods put his clubs back in his bag, Thomas' plight could be heard from afar.

“It’s so boxy in here,” Thomas said, frustrated and a little amused, pointing to the golf course. “But over there, it’s millions of kilometers.”

If you've ever seen Tiger in a major championship, you know he doesn't spend a lot of time feeling sorry for his struggling competitors. He has, you may have heard, a well-documented legacy of ignoring everything (and everyone) other than winning.

But for some strange reason, Thursday was different. As Thomas tossed a few more balls into the ether, Woods took a few leisurely steps behind him, closely monitoring his movements during the downswing. He stopped Thomas after the third or fourth shot and a short conversation ensued.

The two worked together for a while and Woods offered some advice, a mini-session that might not have been notable at all if it wasn't Thursday at the US Open and he didn't didn't have Tiger Woods.

He left after a few minutes of talking with Thomas, and he seemed happy. His gaze was now less fierce and his gait began to slow down. A long recovery awaited them, followed by many more hours of physiotherapy before departure time on Friday afternoon. If things went well, he would go through this routine three more times.

The work was just beginning and a putting session was getting in the way.

But first it was time to see the boy in the red striped shirt.

James Colgan Editor

James Colgan is News and Features Editor at GOLF, writing articles for the website and magazine. He manages Hot Mic, GOLF's media vertical, and uses his on-camera experience across all of the brand's platforms. Prior to joining GOLF, James graduated from Syracuse University, during which time he served as a caddying fellow (and trick looper) on Long Island, where he is originally from. He can be contacted at [email protected].




The mention sources can contact us to remove/changing this article

What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos


to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]