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Think Tiger is now vulnerable? Think again

August 19, 2009

After the final round of the Memorial, which was won by Tiger Woods, there was this interview exchange with Jim Furyk:

Q. "Jim, after Charlotte (The Quail Hollow Championship) and the Players (Championship), Tiger wasn't really himself in those last rounds. Do you feel that there was like a vulnerability about him?"

FURYK: "I wish you'd all quit (ticking) him off. That's about all I have to say about that. Wish you'd just quit chapping him so much and make him come back and keep proving stuff. Tiger Woods is always Tiger woods. He can't be 100 percent every week, but I'm sure he answered a lot of questions today."

Remember that going forward. Tiger is Tiger. Translation: He'll have been suitably angered by both his performance in the PGA Championship and the reaction others have had to his inability to close out Y.E. Yang and will re-double his efforts to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Remember this, too: The first three majors are at Augusta National, where he once won the Masters by 12 shots; Pebble Beach, where he won the U.S. Open by 15 shots; and St. Andrews, where he won the British Open by eight shots (in 2000) and five shots (in 2005).

UPDATE: Spotted this from Camilo Villegas on Twitter: "Tiger... Human after all... Not really, only for a week."

-- John Strege