Forget about Tiger Woods' promising start at the 2012 TOUR Championship.
In the end, it means nothing.
Woods ranks second on the PGA Tour in scoring average before the cut this year, but it is in the later rounds where he generally struggles.
Woods ranks 53rd in scoring average in the third round and 23rd in the final round in 2012, per PGATour.com.
Does it have something to do with his mental game these days? It's hard to say, but there is certainly something to be said about that.
He hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open and he failed to close at all four majors this year, despite racking up eight top-10 finishes and three wins on the season.
For example, Tiger's best score in the finals two rounds of a major this year was a 70 in the third round of the British Open. Interestingly enough, that was the tournament he almost won, finishing third at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
What it means is that we can't expect Tiger to win the TOUR Championship this year based on one round alone, or even two, for that matter.
He's truly a player we can't judge until the final round. Sure, he's off to a great start at East Lake, but he could just as easily unravel down the stretch.
Now, one thing to note is that Woods did look better down the stretch in his last two tournaments, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship.
He scored a 134 in his final two rounds at TPC Boston and a 139 in his final two rounds at Crooked Stick. He finished in the top five in both tournaments.
So perhaps Woods is finally turning a corner. Getting back to his finishing form is critical if he ever expects to win another major championship (which I believe will happen).
The 36-year-old has already made big strides in rebounding from a disastrous few years. Now he must finish what he started.