How his week began

This is how Tiger began his preparation this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.  It’s quite clear that there is something wrong.

Clearly he was still having issues on Wednesday if this was the level of performance on the practice tee.  

Round one, Swing one

Tiger’s first shot was a nice little 3 wood down the right side of the fairway.  It was as easy and free flowing as always.  After a terrible approach shot and a lack luster chip (shocker!) he two putt to an opening bogey and appeared to be on the same form as his dead last finish at last week’s Waste Management. Now get this … On his second hole, after scrambling all over the hole, Tiger chipped in for par.  It appeared to be the kind of funny release of nervous energy that was needed at that moment.

And then he started to limp

After bogeying the third hole and two pars on his fourth and fifth hole, it was pointed out by @gctigertracker that Tiger was showing signs of a possible injury.  

Woods managed to bring the front nine around in just one over par however when he hit his 10th hole (the 1st tee) there was a back log which forced the entire group to sit.

After the wait

After the long wait on the tee, Tiger sent his drive well to the left and appeared to be in the type of pain we saw two years ago.  However he marched down the fairway, into the rough and hacked it out.  He stepped over a 30 footer for birdie and nailed it!  Suddenly he was back to even par with just 8 holes standing between treatment for his back or a WD.

On Tiger’s 11th hole, the headlines of a Tiger comeback were quickly erased with an embarrassing double bogey.

And then he walked off

After shaking hands with his playing partners he stated that it was the fog delay and “it’s just my glutes shutting off.  They don’t activate, hence it goes into my lower back.”  This tweet from @ryanlavnerGC is an eerie reminder of the days we hoped were in the past