Tiger Woods got tired.
That’s how he explained playing the last five holes at East Lake 6-over par Friday, turning a back-in-the-game start into something he probably couldn’t forget fast enough.
Two surprising things about it:
- That after playing the first 13 holes 5 under to get within four strokes of the lead, Tiger had a double and a triple coming in;
- He said he was tired.
“I just ran out of gas,” is how Tiger explained how he threw his game into reverse just when it seemed he was back in the chase.
It happens but it never seemed to happen to Tiger before. That’s one reason he’s said he’s worked out so diligently all these years. He doesn’t want to get tired.
By golf standards, the playoffs are a grind with four events in five weeks. But next year they’ll be played in four consecutive weeks, and then there’s the trip to Scotland for the Ryder Cup after a one-week break.
This is Tiger’s 17th event this year. It’s Brendon de Jonge’s 30th. He’s probably tired.
“Everybody’s a little bit tired right now,” Keegan Bradley said.
It was strange to hear Tiger admit it, though.