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Tiger's meltdown stunning Thankfully, Queen Elizabeth was off watching cricket so she didn't have to see the mess Woods made at Turnberry. She probably was waiting to come on Sunday, when she and the rest of Britain presumed he would be holding the claret jug trophy. Instead, Woods was heading home early for only the second time in 49 major championships as a pro. Heading home from a major championship a 59 year old recovering from hip replacement surgery is leading. nike eyeglasses A tournament where a 16 year old amateur from Italy easily made the cut. Sure, Turnberry was hard. But it wasn't that hard. Tom Watson proved that with two rounds that were 10 shots better than Woods. Watson, who is eligible for Social Security in three years, was playing just a few groups in front of the great one, so there was no difference in conditions. Steve Marino played when the weather was even worse, and he's never even seen a links course before this week. Yet he was also 10 shots clear of Woods, the supposed master of the links. Bookies figured Woods would run away with this tournament. Open at Winged nike magista Foot, when his father had just died, was how it happened. He was cruising along the coastal holes of Turnberry making pars when a misplaced 3 wood off the tee on No. 8 set off a chain reaction including a lost ball that Woods could not bring under control until the 14th hole. "It was just problem after problem," Woods said. By the time Woods scrambled for par on 14 he was 7 over, all but done. He made two birdies coming in, but after missing the green on 18 needed to hole a chip from off the green to play on the weekend. It came up short, and now he was done for good. A 71 74 might have kept him in contention in some majors, but in this one all it got him was a quick trip home. "Obviously, you can't make mistakes and expect to not only make the cut but also try and win a championship," Woods said. "You have to play clean rounds of golf, and I didn't." Now he must win the stepchild of the majors, the PGA Championship, next month in Minneapolis or be shut out for the year in the only measure other than his checkbook that he keeps. Unlike his other losses, this one can't be explained by a bad draw, a lousy swing or a balky putter. This was a pure mental meltdown by a guy whose mental toughness has never before been questioned. "You don't often see him play nike 7237 shots like that, some of the shots he played," playing partner Lee Westwood said. "But everybody is entitled to a bad day every now and again. It happens to all of us."