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Tiger Is Grinding, Deserves Room to Work

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The vitriol some of you direct at Tiger Woods is just ... repulsive. Were you rooting for him to miss the cut Friday at the Players? I know you’re out there. You write in all the time. Were you hoping he’d miss consecutive cuts for the first time in his professional career? Well, he didn’t.

On Thursday he shot 74, two over par on this golf course that has all the charm of the Walmart in Branson, Mo. (Except for professional contrarian Colin Montgomerie, you will seldom hear any player profess genuine love for the Stadium Course.) Woods knew he’d have to shoot 70 or better to make it to Saturday’s round. Through seven holes he was even for the day. Do you think he felt pressure about the possibility of missing the cut? He would never admit...

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