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 (...)
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.”