Azinger slams Woods

Paul Azinger had delivered a stinging assessment of Tiger Woods’ current predicament, suggesting that the former world number one is ‘delusional’.

Woods, a two-time winner of the Open at St Andrews, carded a disappointing opening round of 76, despite having the best of the conditions as one of the early starters.

The American’s round was the second worst of his career at the Old Course, only bettering a 78 he shot as a 19-year-old amateur in 1995.

Despite his troubles this year, Woods insists that he is making progress and heading in the right direction. He brought a positive message with him once more when speaking after his 76.

“I’m so far back and the leaderboard is so bunched that in order for me to get in there by Sunday, I’ll need the conditions to be tough and play some really solid rounds,” Woods said.

“Something like JD [John Daly] did back in ’95. He hit some really solid rounds in tough conditions. If you shoot some good, solid rounds in tough conditions like that, players can move up the board, and hopefully I’m one of them.”

However, while Woods may be looking to stay positive and believe that he’s still in with a chance, Azinger, who is working as a pundit for ESPN, was anything but positive in his commentary of the 39-year-old during Thursday’s opening round.

“It’s hard to watch the greatest player of this generation be a middle-of-the-pack hack,” Azinger said during ESPN’s broadcast of The Open.

“You almost want to say, ‘who are you and what have you done to Tiger Woods?’

“He’s saying all of the things he should be saying. He keeps saying he’s close. He might be delusional.”