Title: Borges: Tiger Woods may win . . . easily
Description: PITTSFORD, N.Y. — About 20 minutes into yesterday’s lengthy late-afternoon rain delay at the 95th PGA Championship, Tiger Woods announced, “Realistically, it could have been a sunny afternoon . . . easily.’’ When it was announced that Bo Van Pelt had been forced to pull out of the tournament because of a bad hip, Woods opined, “Realistically, Bo could have been feeling fine . . . easily.’’ Just after officials from the USGA and Fox Sports announced Wednesday night that they agreed to a 12-year deal to begin broadcasting the U.S. Open in 2015, Woods declared, “Realistically, NBC could have been televising the Open through 2025 . . . easily.’’ That, it seems, is how the once greatest golfer in the world now views things, especially when it comes to days like yesterday. His cup is not always half full it is always running over even when it’s half empty. Realistically, he often is not realistic . . . easily. Woods was putting together the makings of a good opening round when he began the day on the 10th hole. He was 2-under after nine and, although not leading, was playing in the consistent manner it takes to be in position to triumph in a major championship. Sporting News: Thursday's winners and losers at the PGA Championship And then it all slipped away as it has for the past 51⁄2 years at the majors when he bogeyed the par-5 fourth hole and double bogeyed the ninth by mis-hitting a chip, then sending a second one short into a bunker. After getting out despite the ball being stuck near the lip in front, he stroked a putt for bogey that lipped out to leave with a closing double bogey and 1-over 71 on a day when 35 golfers ended up under par while Woods ended up tied for 50th. “The round realistically could have been under par . . . easily,’’ Woods said after his double bogey finish and an earlier hole when he mis-hit a ball so badly he nearly heaved his club like a weekend hacker at a muni course before thinking better of it.