Sunday was a blast but it could’ve been better. The only golfer that played consistent golf throughout the final day at the 2018 Open Championship was Francesco Molinari and he became the first Italian to win a major. Molinari’s solid play around Carnousite Golf Links was overshadowed by his playing partner. Tiger Woods started four-shots back yesterday and found himself in solo first-place after poor starts by leaders Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele. Walking to the 11th tee box, Woods had the lead at 7-under and the field had taken notice.
Spieth looked up at the leaderboard and said to his caddie, “Dammit. … Dude.”
His caddie, Michael Greller, had quick response, according to ESPN.
“(Woods) hasn’t been in this position in 10 years, and you’ve been here how many times in the last three years?”
Spieth’s caddie was right. Woods felt pressure and dropped three-shots in two holes after carding a double-bogey on the par-4 11th. He was no longer in the lead and couldn’t even bounce back on the par-4 12th as he took a bogey.
With plenty of holes left to play, Woods couldn’t buy a birdie and his once held lead seemed like a dream. I wanted Woods to win. I’d let him get away with murder I love him so much. Heck, I let him get away with destroying his marriage and family. There’s just something about the man that makes every other man want to be like him.
And Spieth knows it, too.
The Tiger Effect may be different then it was 10 years ago, however, when you see “Woods” on the final day leaderboard of a major, everyone feels a little more on edge.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 22, 2018
Tiger Woods probably isn’t going to win this event but so aren’t a lot of players who were really good. He was in the thick of it from start to finish. Most encouraging weekend of his comeback by far. If you don’t think he can win again you’re out of your mind. #BritishOpen
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) July 22, 2018
And here is the worldwide heat map just after noon in the east coast, showing Tiger Twitter activity when he was squarely in the hunt. Just amazing. #Tiger #TheOpen @TigerWoods pic.twitter.com/Ri5zjHExoY
— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) July 22, 2018
Tiger Woods moves to 50th in the World Ranking and will qualify to play the last WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks.
— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) July 22, 2018