A Rebound Well Done for Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods missed the cut during the Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD on Tuesday, June 25, 2014. Robert Eubanks/DC Sports Box file photoBESTHESDA, M.D. - Stepping onto the green four weeks earlier than expected, Tiger put on an impressive game for a huge crowd.
What was more respectable than an injury-recovering athlete with such sportsmanship was the fact that Woods put an enormous amount of effort into his rehab in order to represent himself proudly at his own tournament. He served as an inspiration to the golf world and fellow competitors.
Not making the cut after Friday's rounds did not put a burden on Tigers emotional or mental game. Having known in the back of his mind he was not going to be the champion of this tournament, there was one thing he was sure of-gratitude. Woods could not have been more thankful to be able to bounce back so quickly, and be able to play sooner than anyone thought.
He had weeks to try to find his mojo while the other golfers had months to prepare for the event. Although his short game was shaky at times, Woods rebounded well in his longer game which he wasn't expecting. He was putting just all right as he mentioned the difference in the grass, and he faced some challenging shots throughout his game that he was able to make up for.
On the third hole, Woods took a swing from under the trees, at an off angle from the flag. Seconds later the audience clapped as he placed it one shot short of his next successful putt. The athlete was on his game at times, and as it was obvious, a little more practice was needed from the recovering player. Hitting birdies on 9 and 10 gave Woods a boost of confidence. ESPN said his weakness lied in the little things he can improve on. This is a comforting fix for someone so determined.
After a day of ups and downs Tiger said there were "a lot of positives to take away from these last two days. Even though I missed the cut by four shots; the fact that I was able to even play." At his side was Jordan Spieth, a new star in the golf world, who advanced to the second round. Tiger admires Jordan's game and is consistency which is impressive for a young golfer. Spieth was pleased with his game as he told the media. "It was solid. I hit 15 greens after only finding 13 for the first two rounds. A little more stress-free not having to scramble around so much." Jordan improved his game with a starting score of 74, which turned into a satisfying 69.
The only concerns of this golfers’ game was the wind direction and how to strategically beat it. Spieth says, "It's challenging but very gettable." Fans are anxious to see how well he does in the final rounds.
Coming from across the world, Australia seems to be putting forth a solid game- and young Oliver Goss should be on the list of golfers to beat.
Follow the Quicken Loans Tournament to see which golfer comes out on top in the final round on Sunday, June 29.