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What’s up with Woods?

Shame on you sports fans who still think golf is more boring to view than watching grass grow or lawn mower racing.

Last weekend’s PGA Championship was more exciting than all three previous major championships combined. All that was missing from Saturday’s third round was a double eagle and Tiger Woods on the leaderboard. There were so many shots fired at the flag, that you’d swear that you were going to see a pin drop.

Some of the treats were David Toms’ gargantuan 243-yard par-3 ace, which would have played as a par 4 for the high-handicapped player. Woods holed a 103-yard shot from the fairway for eagle and Phil Mickelson would have done the same on No. 14 with one of his many marvelous wedge shots but the hole didn’t swallow the tasty stroke.

As stunning as it was to see 60-1 longshot Toms win the Wanamaker Trophy, it paled in comparison to another poor major performance by Woods.

By the time the leaders teed off for the third round, Woods had finished his play and was headed to the driving range to work on his game.

How can the best golfer in the world let guys named Brian Gay and Charles Howell III (isn’t he related to the stuffy captive on Gilligan’s Island?) beat him?

Heck, Woods only beat club pro Rick Schuller by two strokes. This coming on a 7,213 layout that seemed to play right into the hands of his long game.

I guess Woods’ performances of late show us how fickle and difficult the game of golf really is.

Was it only a year ago that Tiger was humiliating the world’s-best golfers with double-digit victories?

So what has brought Tiger back to earth? A steady girlfriend? An obsession with fly-fishing? Spending his money?

Mark O’Meara introduced Tiger to fly-fishing before the U.S. Open and Woods hasn’t won a tournament since. Has anyone checked to see if Woods and O’Meara still are good friends?

Considering the fortune Woods has made, it’s about time he discovered interests other than golf. Certainly you can’t expect him to continue to bang balls all day like a modern-day Ben Hogan.

Maybe Tiger’s embarrassing finish to the season will motivate him to even greater heights next year. Then again, he better play a few more events between the majors if he wants to be as good as he was in 2000.

Even though Woods has seven major championships in his bag, the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus is beginning to look a little larger than it did last year.

David Duval certainly will take a few titles away from Woods down the line, and when Mickelson’s tough luck finally ends, “Lefty” could wind up winning almost as many as Tiger.

Believe it or not, a grouping in the Reno-Tahoe Open Monday Qualifier had more appeal to locals than the Mickelson-Toms pairing in the final round of the PGA Championship.

Early Monday afternoon, former Major League pitcher Bob Ayrault and vagabond golfer O.D. Vincent teed off together. They belonged together more than the casual observer could ever imagine. Neither one of them came close to qualifying, but that really didn’t matter. The fact that the two used to live on the South Shore and made it professionally in sports unfavorable in the mountains – baseball and golf – says a lot about their character.

Ayrault, who may be the only Little Leaguer from South Lake Tahoe to play in the majors, shot xx. Vincent, whose dad used to serve as the head pro at Edgewood Tahoe, fired a 2-over-par 74.

Hope you haven’t forgotten that memorable British Open a few years back when Vincent’s name was on the leaderboard for a spell?

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