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Tiger Woods still talk of golf – for the wrong reasons

Tiger Woods waits to putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis.
Tiger Woods waits to putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. The Associated Press

In the days after the PGA Championship, the biggest story in golf should have been Jason Day.

Day, 27, had a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday for a three-shot victory and broke Tiger Woods’ major record for strokes under par by finishing at 20 under. And while Day got his – pardon us – day in the spotlight for his dramatic victory, just as much attention has been given to Woods this week.

Woods, who failed to make the cut at the PGA, will play the Wyndham Championship for the first time, according to his agent. And folks in Greensboro, N.C., were excited that Woods would grace them with his presence. “Bam! Tiger is coming!” tournament director Mark Brazil tweeted Monday morning.

Even though he’s 187th on the points list for the FedEx Cup playoffs – only the top 125 qualify – he’s still a big draw for the final regular PGA Tour event before the playoffs begin next week at The Barclays in New Jersey.

Woods needs to win or finish alone in second place this week to qualify for the playoffs, which he missed last year for the first time since its inception in 2007 (he’s the only two-time winner).

The galleries at Sedgefield Country Club will follow every shot he takes, but will fans be watching to see if he can regain his former glory – or to witness his downfall as one of golf’s greatest players?

In 10 tournaments this year, Woods has missed the cut four times and withdrawn from another, and he missed the cut in the last three majors. His best finish this year was a tie for 17th at the Masters, and he hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since 2013.

At 39, perhaps it’s time for Woods to take a 10-plus-year break from professional golf, until he’s eligible for the Champions Tour.

Or maybe the media and fans should treat Woods like the average golfer he’s become and give more attention to the PGA Tour’s best young players, Jordan Spieth, 22 Rory McIlroy, 26, and Day, the top three ranked golfers in the world.

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