Tiger Woods silent after another disappointing day at the at BMW Championship
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The opening tee shot by Tiger Woods on the long par-5 first hole at Olympia Fields in Friday’s second round of (...)
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The opening tee shot by Tiger Woods on the long par-5 first hole at Olympia Fields in Friday’s second round of the BMW Championship drifted right and flew into a deep fairway bunker.
That would have been penalizing enough but somehow, the ball didn’t roll backward off a severe slope to the bottom of the sand pit and instead settled up against the lip.
It was an omen for what was to come.
A bad one.
While Woods scrambled to make par on the first, his second trip around these grounds was another laborious slog and now his mission to get to East Lake for next week’s Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup finale, is even more arduous.
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After tacking on a 5-over-par 75 to his opening 73, Woods is at 8 over and nine shots out of the lead. He is currently projected to need at least a tie for third if he is to advance to the Tour Championship.
After his first round – which he ruined by finishing bogey-bogey-bogey – Woods refused to talk to NBC TV and answered just three questions from other media.
After his second round, he talked to no one.
What would he have said, really?
He could have talked about his poor driving – he hit just seven of 14 fairways in regulation. Or his usual sharp iron play that was a tad dull – he hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation. Or his putting that has been nothing to rave about – he needed 32 putts in the second round, the same number he needed in the first round.
As for his ability to score, to make something happen out of nothing, he could have said it just hasn’t been there as he has made two birdies in each round.
Basically, Woods kept making things hard on himself on a course that was ready to devour any errant shot and isn’t set up to allow many birdies.
But he ended his day on a good note. While his first shot left him steaming, his last shot left him with a sheepish smile on his face as he canned a 37-footer for par on the 18th hole. But that was a rare positive on another negative day.