Since returning fully healthy at Firestone last August, Woods won the Chevron World Challenge (with birdies on the last two holes). He lost the 36-hole lead and finished third at the Australian Open, and he lost a share of the 54-hole lead with Robert Rock and tied for third in Abu Dhabi. He finished out of the top 10 in his other five events.
Woods never made every big putt, even if he made it look that way.
Perhaps the biggest putt he ever missed was a 15-footer on the final hole of the second round in the 2005 Byron Nelson Classic, which caused him to miss the cut for the first time in seven years and ended one of the greatest streaks in golf. He missed key putts while contending for U.S. Opens at Pinehurst and Oakmont. That stuff even happened to Jack Nicklaus.
But when he's not winning as much — or at all — people tend to remember the misses. The question is how much Woods is thinking about them. His head used to be loaded with memories of clutch putts. He has those two birdies at Sherwood three months ago when he won, and that's about it. In a tour-approved event, when was the last big putt Woods made? Certainly not at Augusta last year, when he was tied for the lead at the turn and shot 36 on the back nine.
Is it an easy fix? Woods said it would only take one day.
Or is the problem between the ears?
All that can be certain is that his putting is getting a lot of attention. Not because of the putts he makes, but the putts he misses.
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