PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods bounced out of his pleasantness automobile in good spirits final Monday, a object on his heavy back, some bound in his step.
The pain in his neck that forced a withdrawal from a Arnold Palmer Invitational a week progressing was gone. Ahead was The Players Championship, a PGA Tour’s flagship event, a subsequent step in his tour to Magnolia Lane and a Masters.
His mood was a tad opposite as he left a premises on a pale Sunday.
Not that Woods was demoralized. Far from it. But he was left thinking about what could have been, undone a formula didn’t compare his play, morose by an disinclined dabble — despite carrying 0 three-putts over a 72 holes — and unhappy that he strike a initial page of a leaderboard usually once.
He sealed on his best note, a 3-under-par 69, and with his prior rounds of 70-71-72, he finished during 6 underneath and good behind a leaders. His chances of winning fundamentally finished in a second turn when he dunked dual balls into a H2O on a par-3 17th, a island immature that is a course’s signature hole.
From 146 yards, he done a quadruple-bogey 7 and went from dual shots out of a lead to off a leaderboard. He spent a rest of a contest personification catch-up on a eager TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, though he unsuccessful to emanate movement and light postulated roars notwithstanding pushing a round superbly.
“I was tighten to removing over a jump and removing things rolling, and unfortunately, we done a 7 over during 17,” Woods said. “I 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. we know that a measure doesn’t unequivocally prove that.
“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.”
There were usually a integrate of those forms of shots, though Woods’ conduct was spinning though via a 4 rounds. That’s what happens when we strike putt after putt after putt and watch a round destroy to disappear time and time again.
His 117 putts over 72 holes prove a bad week with his true Scotty Cameron Newport 2, though Woods wasn’t prepared to bust it over his knee. He recently started operative on his putting with manager Mike Killen, who was here this week during a use rounds, and likes where that partial of his diversion is going.
“I’m undone during lipping some-more putts out than we consider we have in a unequivocally prolonged time,” Woods said. “Just one of those weeks where usually zero unequivocally got rolling adequate to get me going.”
Woods will spend a arriving week operative in a gym and operative on his game. The following week, nonetheless he hasn’t strictly committed, he’ll be in Austin, Texas, for a World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play. He’s never been to a site of a tournament, a Austin Country Club, and he hasn’t played in a compare play eventuality given 2013.
Woods won a eventuality 3 times, though behind in those days, a contest featured a single-elimination format. The stream structure has players set adult in pools of four, with any guaranteed to play 3 matches before rejecting rounds.
If he were to win, he’d play 7 matches before streamer north to Augusta for a Masters a week later. That doesn’t, however, regard Woods.
“No, we got a week off after that,” he said. “I’m anticipating that we can play all a matches. That would be great.”
He thinks it’s an ideal prep for a initial vital of a season, a final tune-up to keep his Masters engine in tip form.
“It’s right on track,” Woods pronounced of his diversion streamer forward. “I’m means to figure a golf round both ways, that I’m going to need there. Just need a few some-more putts to go in, though that’s about it.”