This week was supposed to be a big one for the top two players in the world. Rory McIlroy, set to announce to the world that he was in fact a Nike athlete, was paired with the one that put Nike Golf on the map in Tiger Woods for the first two rounds of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. It was a perfect way to begin this new partnership with Rory, Tiger and Nike and at an event both have had success at in the past, it seemed that 2013 would once again be the year of Rory and Tiger.
Problem was, neither brought their golf games on the private flight to the United Arab Emirates.
Rory struggled as much as we've seen him since the weekend at Augusta National a year ago, shooting consecutive 75s that left him well outside the cut line and had him so confused with his game that he switched from a Nike putter back to his old Scotty Cameron after just one round with the new product.
Tiger's week was a little more perplexing. After a three-putt on his final hole on Thursday kept him out of red numbers, his start to his second round was about as dreadful as they come. Woods made bogey on three of his first four holes on Friday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, a course he co-lead at just a season ago after three rounds, and then came the crazy part.