He'll be non-contender

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

Honestly, who really knows?

There was a brief "Old Tiger" sighting at the Masters, but then it all unraveled again. Health issues, psychological issues, relationship snafus — goodbye, Steve Williams — have turned Woods into anything but a good bet to make a charge on any given weekend.

It will be a major accomplishment to finish in the top 10, but most likely Woods will be muddling about on Sunday, finishing the last round as a non-contender.

"I'm ready to go," he says.

The problem is he probably doesn't even know the direction he is headed.


Look for top-20 finish

Mark Wogenrich

Morning Call

It's curious that Tiger Woods could be considered a contender at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he'll be playing for the first time in three months. Sure, Woods has won seven times there since 1999, but isn't Firestone also the course where Woods recorded his calamitous 18-over-par total just a year ago?

Since then, Woods has played just nine stroke-play events, finishing in the top 10 only once (tied for fourth at the Masters).