What was Tiger thinking? He himself says that the least reliable part of his game is driving accuracy. He himself knows that he can stripe that knock-down 2-iron 250 yards. And yet he went with the driver on the third hole (a short --350-yard -- par four) and he never really recovered. The decision was all the more astonishing because Tiger's course management skills, especially in major championships, are legendary.
The absence of a Tiger charge deflated the last two hours of Sunday's broadcast. Two things stood out: Mike Weir's steady putting and Jeff Maggert's professionalism. Weir three-putted only once during the entire tournament and he made four-footer after five-footer all day Sunday. Maggert watched his day turn to ashes with a triple-bogey on the front and then a snowman (an 8) on the 12th hole. But he never quit, and went on to birdie 14,15 and 16. He finished the tournament under par, a testament to his ability and character.
Monday, April 14, 2003
Posted by John at 4/14/2003 11:56:00 AM