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Sunday, June 2, 2013
Woods at his worst; Open awaits

By ESPN Stats & Information

It was a rough weekend for Tiger Woods, one of the worst he’s had in his professional career.

Woods carded a 296 at the Memorial, his second-worst score in any four-round event. That’s surpassed only by the 298 he shot at the WGC Bridgestone in 2010.

Woods’ tied-for-65th-place finish was his third-worst at any event in which he made the cut and his second-worst for any event at which he was defending champion, trailing only the 78th-place finish at Bridgestone in 2010.

Woods did something in this event he hadn’t done in 16 years—record a pair of triple bogeys. The last time he had two triple-bogeys in one tournament was the 1997 British Open, when he had three (one quadruple-bogey, two triples).

Next up is the U.S. Open …

Looking ahead
Woods’ previous worst finish the tournament before a U.S. Open win was 22nd; before his two other U.S. Open wins, he finished top two in the previous tournament.

The last three times when he didn’t play particularly well at the Memorial, he played very well in the U.S. Open. Granted, he has rarely been as terrible as he’s been this weekend in ANY tournament.

When it comes to others winning the U.S. Open, struggling in the prior tournament is not uncommon at all.

Six players have won the Open after failing to make the cut in their previous outing. But only two have won it after finishing top-10 in their previous tournament.

What conclusions you want to draw off of that is up to you, but both Woods and others have been successful without being on top of their game heading into the U.S. Open