To say Tiger Woods was all over the place during his first round at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship would be a drastic understatement. He was four over when play was suspended on Thursday due to the weather (and eventually because it was too dark to play). He had eight pars on the front nine with one bogey in the middle and then three bogies to go with one double bogie and a par on the back nine before having to wait until Friday morning to finish his first round. That’s when it got interesting, but everyone is acting surprised because of it. That shouldn’t be the case.
Tiger recorded three straight birdies on Friday morning before finishing his first round with a bogie, which sent him to the clubhouse with a scowl on his face. With only 45 minutes to rest before the start of the second round, he grumpily made his way to the driving range and took out his frustration. But is that frustration stemming from his back spasms that caused him to withdraw from the 2014 Honda Classic last week or just his inconsistent play?
If it’s the former, then it really shouldn’t be a surprise because he shouldn’t even be playing this weekend. Rest for his back is crucial right now as he prepares to get healthy for the 2014 Masters Tournament, which is just over a month away. Thus, we really should have expected this because his back was bad enough that he couldn’t finish at the Honda Classic.
If it’s the latter, then that would be a surprise because Tiger is one of the most mentally tough golfers in the world, so a little wind shouldn’t bother him that bad. Of course, it remains to be seen wether the three birdies or the bogey will be the theme for his second round, but if it’s the latter, we’ll know and he’ll know that playing this weekend was a mistake.