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Posted at 8:31 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Tiger Woods goes home early -- way early

By Cindy Boren

At this point, how much more frustrating can life on a golf course get for Tiger Woods?

All it took for his game to unravel was one disastrous swing on the first extra hole of the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Marana, Ariz., and Woods soon was headed for his private jet and a quick getaway.

The victor, Thomas Bjorn, had what seemed to be words of encouragement for Woods but declined to divulge what he'd said. "What I will say is that the game of golf needs him back at his best," Bjorn said. "And I've always been a great friend of his and we've had a good relationship and I want to see him back at his best because I think it's much more fun to go up against him when he's absolutely at his peak."

Woods was so angry he used one word to describe his frame of mind. It rhymes with "missed," which describes his putts of late.

"It's easy to put the ball in the fairway and I couldn't even do that," he sputtered.

On the eve of the tournament, Johnny Miller said he wasn't sure Woods was that close to getting his game back on track. "I used to say that Tiger could win with a rental set and one eye closed," Miller told USA Today. "But he's had a lot of things happen, and it's mostly self-inflicted. He's having to pay the price. He's facing these young guys who are saying, 'Move over pal, you've had your day in the sun.' I'm sure he'd like to make these young guys eat their words, but he's got to get some confidence back, quick."

Woods is on Twitter now and a tweet by his former coach, Hank Haney, isn't going to help with that.

For all the talk of Tiger's poor driving the last 6 years I have never seen him drive it out of play with a match or tournament on the lineless than a minute ago via Echofon

By Cindy Boren  | February 24, 2011; 8:31 AM ET
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Bjorn owns Tiger like Tiger once owned Ernie..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 24, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

'Miss it, Tiger ... miss it for Elin'

Posted by: JPMcC | February 24, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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