“THE VAR­I­OUS MEM­BERS OF GOLF’ S TRUE ELITE ARE BET­TER”

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In the end, his 72-hole to­tal added up to 289, one-over par, for four cir­cuits of the Au­gusta Na­tional lay­out he had not played com­pet­i­tively since 2015. In the end, he fin­ished in a tie for 32nd place along­side one for­mer cham­pion, Adam Scott, and oneshot ahead of an­other two, Zach John­son and Phil Mick­el­son.

So Tiger Woods did not dis­grace him­self. Far from it. But for some ob­servers at least, ex­pec­ta­tions were higher. Many felt like the 14-time ma­jor cham­pion could at least con­tend, never mind his lack of tour­na­ment play this year. It wasn’t to be, but a more sober anal­y­sis rates this per­for­mance as noth­ing more than “par for the course.” The harsh truth is that, right now, the var­i­ous mem­bers of golf’s true elite are sim­ply bet­ter than Tiger. But fur­ther im­prove­ment is likely. He’s get­ting there. But he needs a lit­tle more time.

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