Tiger Woods 'was close to snapping a couple clubs' Friday at Northern Trust

By the way, Tiger Woods played Friday. Yes, in the second round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston. Really. You might not have known since (...)

Tiger Woods 'was close to snapping a couple clubs' Friday at Northern Trust

By the way, Tiger Woods played Friday.

Yes, in the second round of The Northern Trust at TPC Boston.


You might not have known since Woods was pushed to the back pages for one of the few times in his career in Friday’s second round of the first FedEx Cup Playoffs event. Hard as it is to imagine, the 15-time major winner and two-time FedEx Cup champion was an afterthought on a sun-splashed afternoon.

At the start of his round, Woods was even preempted when PGA Tour Live cut away from his opening tee shot to show Scottie Scheffler two-putt his final hole for his 12th birdie of the day that added up to the 11th 59 in PGA Tour history.

Then Woods played in the enormous shadow of Dustin Johnson, who was playing three groups ahead. All DJ did was begin birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle-birdie-par-birdie-birdie and got himself in position to shoot 59 or match the lowest score in PGA Tour history, a 58, or even set a new record with a 57. Heck, when he was 11 under through 11 holes, he was on a 53 watch.

Tee times, TV info | Leaderboard | Best photos | Scheffler’s 59 | DJ’s 60

But Johnson finished with seven pars and shot 60, a deflating 60 if there ever could be such a thing.

As for Woods, he didn’t generate much excitement, had little pop in his round and there really wasn’t much to see. After an opening birdie from 13 feet on the first, Woods couldn’t get much going and many aspects of his game were just a little off.

He rimmed two birdie putts, had a chip roll back to his feet, didn’t birdie a par-5, hovered around the cut line instead of moving toward the leaders. He hit 10 of 18 greens in regulation, nine of 14 fairways in regulation, scrambled for par far more than he set up good chances for birdie.

In other words, it wasn’t must watch TV.

“That (would be) an under understatement,” Woods said when asked if it was a frustrating day. “I just didn’t quite have it. I was hitting the ball all over the place, and on a golf course that was certainly giving it up to most of the field.

“I made it really, really hard on myself, and especially the last two holes, I had wedge in my hand and made bogey there at 17, and 18 is a 3-wood and a 5- or 6-iron there. Tucked it left and have to 2-putt from middle of the green.”

Those two putts, however, allowed Woods to shoot an even-par 71 and at 3 under through 36 holes, he made the cut on the number. While positives were few and far between, Woods did find one.

“Well, I was close to snapping a couple clubs today, but I didn’t, so that’s a positive,’ he said. “Just keep fighting and grinding it out. Most of the time, I missed in the correct sides, even though I didn’t really have it. It was hard to get the ball into the correct spot, especially the way I was feeling with my shot shapes, and on a day, as I said, that most of the guys are going low, I didn’t have it to go that low and at least this, I have the weekend to keep building and keep playing.”

There is another positive. Woods has only played 18 competitive rounds this year and if he’s to get sharp for the remainder of the playoffs – how long that will be is yet to be determined – and for the U.S. Open in September, he needs, in one of his favorite words, reps.

Woods stands 57th in the FedEx Cup Playoffs standings and will head to the south of Chicago for next week’s second playoff event, the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields. The top 70 players move on to the BMW Championship from TPC Boston, but only the top 30 continue onward to the playoff finale, The Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta the following week.

Thus, Woods needs to get going – and right quick – with one of those must watch rounds. His weekend tee times afford him that chance to move up and then he’ll have four rounds to get to East Lake.

“The greens are, I think, a little softer and a little bit slower today. The dots for tomorrow are definitely like today. They are definitely gettable,” Woods said. “So again, the forecast, the guys are going to go mostly low. So hopefully I’m one of those guys that tears the golf course apart.”

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Dustin Johnson stole the show, and Northern Trust lead, with 60 after Scottie Scheffler’s 59

NORTON, Mass. – Danny Lee walked off the golf course after shooting a 64, signed his scorecard and talked with a couple of media members. (...)

Dustin Johnson stole the show, and Northern Trust lead, with 60 after Scottie Scheffler’s 59

NORTON, Mass. – Danny Lee walked off the golf course after shooting a 64, signed his scorecard and talked with a couple of media members. He was one of the first players to complete his loop of TPC Boston on Friday morning, and his name was at the top of the leaderboard. Anyone who shoots 66-64 to start a tournament has the right to pump out his chest a little and feel good about things, but by the time Lee’s rental car rolled down the driveway and turned onto Route 40, his fantastic start at the 2020 Northern Trust would be forgotten.

The course, originally designed by Arnold Palmer in 2002 and updated in 2017 by Gil Hanse, became an aviary on Friday. Birdies and eagles were flying everywhere, and Scottie Scheffler and Dustin Johnson were hunting.

Scheffler set a tournament course and posted the 12th sub-60 round ever on the PGA Tour, shooting a 59 in the morning wave that included 12 birdies. He finished at 13 under. But five hours after he holed a 4-footer on the 18th green, Johnson missed a 25-footer on the same hole for a 59. He tapped in from 2 feet for a 60.

At 15-under, Johnson will take a two-shot lead over Scheffler and Cameron Davis (who had a second-round 65) into the third round of the Northern Trust. He will have a three-shot lead over Lee, Louis Oosthuizen (65) and Harris English (66).

Tee times, TV info | Leaderboard | Best photos | Scheffler’s 59 | DJ’s 60

“Today was obviously a good day on the course. I got off to a really good start and made a bunch of birdies on the front nine,” Scheffler said. “Had some key up-and-downs at the beginning of the round that kind of got me rolling, freed me up a little bit. Then the momentum just kind of kept going. I never really lost momentum, which was nice. A lot of times, when you’re playing well, you can lose that momentum toward the end of the round or have a hiccup here or there. The momentum stayed the whole time, and I made a lot of putts.”

After hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation, Scheffler needed just 23 putts on Friday.

Johnson, who is ranked No. 4 on the Official World Golf Rankings and started the day at 4 under, surged up the leaderboard and set a front-nine tournament record by shooting 27. He made five birdies and two eagles and then birdied the next two holes to reach 11-under par for the day through 11 holes.

Had fans been lining the ropes lines and filling the bleachers, as there have been in past years, the noise would have rivaled the roars heard when the New England Patriots score at Gillette Stadium.

“Everything was going well today,” Johnson said. “Any time you’re that many under through 11 holes, you’re putting well. I made some nice putts, but also I hit some really good shots.”

After having a terrible putting day on Thursday morning, Johnson hit the practice green Thursday afternoon and found a spark using a drill that helps him position his right arm more effectively. He repeated the exercise on Friday before his round and utilized it before several putts on the course Friday. It paid off because Johnson made over 151 feet of putts in the second round and was the leader in strokes gained putting for the day, too (5.132).

Both Scheffler and Johnson said they were very aware that a 59 was possible as they came down the stretch, and they took similar approaches to handling it.

“I wouldn’t say those thoughts are negative at all,” Scheffler said. “You obviously put them in the back of your head when you’re hitting shots, but as far as thinking about (shooting 59), it’s not necessarily a negative because it encourages me to continue to make birdies.”

Johnson also wanted to attack the course and said that he was looking to make birdies on every hole, but a couple of wayward tee shots on the back nine prevented him from attacking a few flags.

If there is one shot he regrets, it is the tee shot on 18.

“I should have hit 3-wood off the tee there because I could have had 3-wood and 6-iron on the green,” Johnson said. “If I had to do over again, I’d hit a 3-wood there.”

Two rounds of 59 have never been fired on the same day at the same PGA Tour event. However, this is the second time there has been a 59 and a 60. In 2010, Paul Goydos shot 59 and Steve Stricker posted the 60 in the first round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

While plenty of low scores were posted at TPC Boston on Friday, several notable players struggled and missed the cut of 3 under (139). Jordan Spieth finished at 2 under, Tony Finau was 1 under, and Phil Mickelson, Patrick Cantlay, Gary Woodland and Bryson DeChambeau ended at even par. Collin Morikawa, the PGA Championship winner two weeks ago, struggled to a 1-over finish to miss his second career cut as a professional.

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