Tiger Woods Has Learned Nothing

Tiger Woods of the United States drops his putter after missing an eagle putt on the 18th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Friday, July 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

It feels as if Tiger and his putter have become distant lately... (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

This past weekend at the British Open, Tiger Woods continued his streak of not winning golf tournaments since his numerous infidelities came to light and his marriage disintegrated. While this should surprise no one given how he’s played since his dalliances came to light, some of his choices on the course demonstrate that he still hasn’t learned his lesson. After years of using a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter, Tiger decided to try something new this weekend at St. Andrews in Scotland, opting to use a Nike Method putter instead.

Shockingly, this switch worked just about as well for Tiger’s golf game as the whole “hanging out” with women other than his wife thing worked out for his marriage. By Sunday, Tiger had switched back to his old putter, but of course by then it was too late. Though we were as eager as anyone to see Tiger turn his life around and resume his successes both on and off the course, this putter switching makes it hard to believe he’s learned anything at all. It may seem trivial, but considering just how analogous the whole situation is to his marriage it’s hard not to draw conclusions that don’t reflect pretty poorly on Tiger.

Even if you’re inclined to think we’re reading too much into this, it’s hard to believe that putter selection is really what made a golfer of Tiger’s caliber lose yesterday. Then again, maybe Tiger’s just not a very good golfer anymore. A bad workman always blames his tools.

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