It was a putt we’d seen Tiger Woods convert a thousands times in his career: a critical six-footer for birdie that, for all intents and purposes, looked like a sure thing. Or so most of us thought. With a chance to extend the match against Nick Watney, Woods addressed the putt, released the putter head … and watched the ball slide by the hole.
It was the kind of miss that would have shocked us years ago and been plastered across national websites around the country, but considering the way Woods has played for the last two-plus years (with the exception of his win at the Chevron), the miss was predictable.
After years of watching him make big putt after big putt, we’ve come to the point where every putt Woods strokes — even the ones that look insanely easy — is no longer a gimme.