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