Even When He Wins, Tiger Can't Win
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 3:51 PM CDT
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the Buick Open golf tournament.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Our outsized expectations for the “best player in his sport” mean Tiger Woods can’t get any “slack,” Michael Rosenberg writes for Fox Sports. “He missed the cut at the British Open last month and it was like he showed up drunk and club-less.” And his most recent win? “Tiger shot 19-under in the final three days of the Buick Open. Nobody else could do better than 17-under in four days.”

But that’s still not enough. “Tiger is dealing with the phenomenon of relative expectations. The more he succeeds, the higher the bar gets.” Rosenberg gets it, to a point. “It's disappointing if he becomes just another good player.” But it’s sort of like congratulating Neil Armstrong on his moon landing with: “Wow. Great. Now go touch Mars.”