Tiger 'ticked off' after 17th-hole disaster at Sawgrass

16 March, 2019, 04:07 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Flagstick putting will thrive even after Furyk’s rejection	
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His name would have been on it if not for one hole.

The diabolical 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass took a bite out of Tiger Woods Friday. It was his worst score at the famed island green and matched his highest on any par 3 in 24 years on the PGA Tour.

The two-time Players Championship victor got close, bouncing back with a pair of birdies and no bogeys on his back nine to shoot 1-under 71 in Round 2.

He was nine shots behind co-leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy, but felt he was still within range heading to the weekend.

"I've played three tournaments this year so far, and that's about right", Woods said. And he missed just two greens on Friday, one of them, of course, being the 17th.

Furyk ran off three straight birdies early on the back nine, had a pair of par saves from 5 feet on the 14th and 18th holes, and had what appeared to be a good break on the par-3 17th under the new Rules of Golf.

With his fused lower spine in a fixed position, Woods said the energy from his swing has to go either up to his neck or down to his hip or knee. Pepperell will play in his first Masters next month and is yet to visit Augusta National, but said on Wednesday that he's had a vision or two about golf's hallowed grounds. His third shot after a drop was even worse, as he pulled a 100-yard wedge that had no chance of staying dry. "I have hit anything but a 9-iron or a wedge in there for 12 years". The ball one-hopped off the green and into the water. He was also counted out after two days at the British Open and eventually took the lead on Sunday.

"I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that, and I was bound and determined to get it all back and get it back to (5 under), and I thought that would have been a hell of a fight".

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Woods said he will use this week to determine if he is playing next week's Valspar Championship or the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, meaning he will compete in just one more event for a total of five prior to the Masters.

The forecast calls for cooler temperatures and a change in wind direction over the weekend, which could make scoring tougher on the Stadium Course.

But in the end, Woods chances may have been handed a death sentence by his play on one hole, one that he'll remember for some time. "The ball doesn't fly as far and the golf course just plays slower". As my neck got a little bit tighter, yeah, I didn't feel comfortable with my putting, but my putting was uncomfortable going into that point.

"I think everything is headed on track towards April". "I've seen Matt out here in the past year because he works with JT a lot and Matt has seen my stroke enough". "I very easily could be up near that lead".

He had no excuses for what happened at 17. He had carded a double-bogey four times, including in the final round in 2018.

"We hit a good 3-wood and 3-iron in there yesterday", LaCava said of Woods' Tuesday practice round. "But we all know if you land it up on top, it's got a good chance of getting out of here".

Woods made a mess of TPC's signature hole to go from in contention to flirting with the cutline.



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