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Tiger: Out Of Gas

ATLANTA| Two words and a glimpse of candor was all it took to set off a furor of criticism at the Tour Championship. But then everything Tiger Woods says and does – good or bad – generates reaction from all sides. This time it was his honest assessment of how he felt after shooting 73-71 and closing out Friday with one of the worst stretches in his 17-year professional career that raised the ire of the critics. “I’m tired,” Woods said with a sigh of resignation after signing a second-round scorecard that included a bogey, a double bogey, a triple bogey and a bad par on a par-5, all in his last five holes. “Just ran out of gas.” That was one way of putting it. Woods’ opening 73 – his first round without a birdie since the 2009 U.S. Open – left him in 29th place. Because the event re-paired after every round, he went from playing in the final group with Henrik Stenson on Thursday to the first group out with Jason Dufner on Friday morning. By lunchtime of the second day he seemed to be clawing his way back. Five birdies in his first 13 holes, and just like that he had pulled to within four shots of the lead. Then the wheels came off for good. Tiger hooked his tee shot onto some mulch behind a tree on the par-4 14th, a predicament that led to a double bogey. He failed to birdie the par-5 15th, missing a relatively simple downhill 10-footer, and on the par-4 17th he pull-hooked a drive into the east lake of East Lake Golf Club. From there he made a mess of things, walking off the green with a triple-bogey 7 that left him tied for dead last.


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