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Tiger Woods' worst outing leaves Ryder Cup berth uncertain

It turns out that the events of last Thanksgiving weren't absolute rock bottom for Tiger Woods, after all. Now, even Woods' oldest friends, the ones who go by the names Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Augusta, Muirfield, and, now Firestone, have abandoned him to varying degrees.

Woods, wearing a goatee that's worse in its own way than Tim Tebow's Friar Tuck Rule look, didn't miss the cut in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational over the weekend, but only because the tournament has no cut. Instead, he was forced to play it out -- at what for him are unholy, early-morning weekend tee times. It was NFL-preseason-game ugly. It was something Woods has never been: unwatchable. "Here's how bad things are 4 Tiger Woods," Eric Stangel, writer and producer of "The Late Show with David Letterman," tweeted. "He finished 78th. You know who finished 77th? Judge Smailes' grandson Spaulding."

Technically, Shankopotamus finished in a tie for 78th -- he couldn't even win that outright.

Next for the guy who managed to remain the world's No. 1 golfer because of a ghastly performance by Phil Mickelson: the final major -- the PGA Championship -- and possibly a big ol' Ryder Cup decision for U.S. captain Corey Pavin. Qualifying for the Ryder Cup will end Sunday with the final day of the PGA. The top eight golfers get automatic berths; Woods is presently 10th. Pavin gets three weeks afterward in which to make his four captain's picks.

Although he repeatedly said before the Bridgestone that "I'm planning on playing my onto the team," he said Sunday, when asked if he deserved a spot on the team: "Not playing like this. Definitely not, playing like this. I wouldn't help the team if I'm playing like this. No one would help the team by shooting 18 over par. ... I think I can turn it around, um, before now and then, which is good."


By Cindy Boren  |  August 9, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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paybacks are a you know what

Posted by: mdoughtie22 | August 9, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The guy's obviously a head case right now. Never should have gotten married in the first place. He wasn't ready. Duh. And if he'd stayed single, he'd still be chasing records and leading the pack.

Posted by: Matte | August 9, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It's waaaay too soon to tell if his game will come around. But if he plays at the PGA like he did at Firestone, it will be tough for Pavin to pick him.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 9, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

If Tiger doesn't qualify, someone else does... and that someone else deserves to play..

Heinsius12, Amsterdam, Holland..

Posted by: heinsius12 | August 9, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Did Tiger's wife get all her settlement money upfront or is Tiger running his fortune and yearly income into the ground so he won't have to pay the monthly payments????

Just wondering what's up with his calculated failures.

Posted by: MissClarty | August 9, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

The answer is easy after shooting + 18-------NO!

Posted by: nabel126 | August 10, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Better not to select him, perfectly justifiable considering Tiger's awful 2010 than to play him, and have him flop in front of an unfriendly crowd. "Get in the hole" will not be an instruction to the golf ball, but two two others, backed by Tiger's one wood.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 10, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Better not to select him, perfectly justifiable considering Tiger's awful 2010 than to play him, and have him flop in front of an unfriendly crowd. "Get in the hole" will not be an instruction to the golf ball, but to two others, backed by Tiger's one wood.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | August 10, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

As A Tiger Woods-Fan I Still Hope he can turn his Golf Game Around-Making a comeback- Tiger was a joy to watch-Tiger worked hard to get where he had been-# 1
Good Luck Tiger
PMVH

Posted by: cwpmvan | August 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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