Players Championship 2019: Tiger Woods says he’s ‘right on track’ for Augusta following final-round 69

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Barring an unforesee spin of events on Sunday afternoon, Tiger Woods will finish with his misfortune outcome of 2019 during a Players Championship. After improving with any eventuality he played in—T-20 during Torrey, T-15 during Riviera, T-10 in Mexico—Woods will expected land outward a tip 30 (he’s T-32 as of now).

But Woods stays confident about his game, as he should. Friday’s catastrophic quadruple spook on a 17th hole attacked him of what might have been another top-10 finish interjection to his final-round 69. The 14-time vital leader saved his best turn for a toughest conditions, furloughed a Stadium Course’s front-nine in three-under 33 before cooling off on a behind 9 and creation usually one birdie and a bogey. In sub-60 grade temperatures and winds trimming from 10 to 20 miles per hour, he was scarcely blemish-free, his usually forsaken shot entrance during a annoying par-4 14th, his personal residence of horrors during TPC Sawgrass.

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The outcome might not uncover it, yet Woods did a lot of good things this week, many particularly his play off a tee, where he ranked fourth in strokes-gained/overall. His putting was another story, yet he feels they’re firm to tumble during some point.

“I was tighten to removing over a jump and removing things rolling,” Woods pronounced of a week. “And unfortunately we done a 7 over during 17 [on Friday]. we missed a few putts that we could have unequivocally simply got a movement going that could have gotten me on a run. we was close.

“I know that a measure doesn’t unequivocally prove that, yet this is one of a golf courses that it will—there’s some uncanny spots here, and it was fun to play yet also we was revelation [Steve] Sands-y this is substantially a many stressful golf march we ever play when there’s breeze out here. It just, a breeze swirls and we have fairways that are tough to strike and afterwards we have a greens that are tough to strike and put it in a right sections. And if we don’t, you’re going to be station on your conduct attack some shots. Only had a few of those this week, so all in all it was a plain week.”

If a breeze and a march were stressing him out, he didn’t uncover it off a tee on Sunday. Woods had his best pushing day of a week, attack 12 of 14 fairways, a usually time he pennyless a double-digit symbol this week.

“I’m vehement a approach we gathering it. we gathering a turn good this week. we gathering it not utterly as prolonged on a weekend with a small bit cooler temperatures, yet we was pushing it flattering true and we was means to figure a golf turn both ways with all 3 of my woods, that was good to see.”

If that continues, privately if Woods is means to successfully strike a pull with a driver, he has to like his chances during Augusta National, where he’s looking to win his fifth immature coupler and his initial vital championship given a 2008 U.S. Open. He feels his diversion is in good mark with usually underneath one month until a Masters.

“It’s right on track,” he pronounced of a altogether state of his diversion as it relates to Augusta. we feel like I’m means to start — I’m means to figure a golf turn both ways, that I’m going to need there. Just need a few some-more putts go in, yet that’s about it.”

First, Woods will play in a WGC-Dell Match Play during Austin Country Club, where he’s personification a event’s semi-new, World Cup-like format for a initial time. He’s looking brazen to carrying 3 guaranteed matches rather than presumably usually one like it used to be, though, as a three-time leader in that aged format, he frequency had to worry about an early exit.

“I’m anticipating that we can play all a matches,” Woods said. “That would be great, I’m guaranteed to play 3 instead of when we played it was usually one guaranteed, so that’s kind of good meaningful that I’ll be means to get during slightest 3 good rounds in, presumably some-more if we play well.”

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