Tiger didnt make any putts, a song weve heard before. The double on 11 put him in scratch and claw mode early, and the unforced error at 13 from the middle of the fairway was the kind of mistake he never used to make.
Now, Tigers run of 128 consecutive cuts made is in serious jeopardy, though hes still the greatest on-the-ropes fighter of our time, so dont bet against him.
Even if he does survive, his rein as world No. 1 is seriously threatened because both Ernie Els and Vijay Singh are in good position to win. Will Tiger be the best again? I dont think theres any doubt. Is he the best right now? By no means.
Els and Mickelson and Singh are clearly playing better. And Tigers criticism of the PGA of Americas decision to move some tees up to spots on which for the most part they hadnt practiced will be viewed as more whining by many in the masses, even though Vijay largely concurred with Tigers remarks.
All in all, this was not Tigers finest day, but again, hell be back, probably tomorrow and certainly down the road.
As for John Daly, his Ryder Cup hopes died today. There was virtually no chance that he was going to garner a captains choice if youve been reading between the lines of Hal Suttons interview transcripts. So, needing a top five, JD failed spectacularly.
He entered feeling very good about his chances. He had a good game plan that called for lots of 2-irons. The plan was good. The 2-iron wasnt. He pulled it hard left at 18 and revived unpleasant memories of the old John by carding an eight. But after, John told me he actually hit the ball fairly well. He just had three bad holes. Too bad. JDs quest to make the Cup wouldve been a good storyline over the next few days.
The headlines will tell us that Whistling Straits was kind on day one. To many it was. To a pair of heavyweights, it was rather cruel. Their legion of fans probably felt the pain as well.
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