CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After dual days of bad putting and ascent frustration, Tiger Woods during slightest had a spirit of a self-deprecating clarity of amusement Friday when his usually birdie putt of a second spin forsaken on his final hole.
“I’m on a prohibited aria now,” he said.
The 13-footer that fell on a ninth immature was a usually putt he done outward of 6 feet during a second spin of a Wells Fargo Championship. And it was a usually birdie he done during Quail Hollow all day, avoiding a indeterminate eminence of posting usually a sixth spin of his veteran career though one.
Perhaps some-more important, that putt kept him around for a weekend. Initially in risk of blank a 36-hole cut, Woods finished adult safely in during 2-over 144. The cut line was 3 over Friday.
“I feel some-more gentle on faster greens,” Woods pronounced after a 2-over-par 73 put him during 144, 2 over standard for a tournament. “I’ve had plenty time to make a adjustment, and we usually haven’t. we haven’t felt gentle attack a putts as tough as we have to strike them this week.”
Asked what he indispensable to do to spin it around on a greens, Woods said: “It’s called work. we have to go work on it, repair it and try to get a small some-more strike in my stroke.”
Woods wasn’t kidding. After a five-hour spin that finished usually before 1 p.m., he headed to a use putting immature and even altered from golf boots into a span of sneakers — suggesting he competence be there for a while.
Playing with Masters champion Patrick Reed and U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka, Woods played good adequate to be within hold of a leaders. He has strike 26 of 36 greens by dual rounds and ranks in a tip 10 in a margin in strokes gained off a tee.
But he looked awful on a greens. Woods ranked 143rd (out of 156) in strokes gained putting during minus-4.131, definition he is giving adult some-more than 4 strokes to a margin on a greens.
After wanting 31 putts Thursday and creation 3 birdies, Woods took 33 on Friday with usually a one birdie.
“I’ve strike it good adequate to be right adult subsequent to that lead,” he said. “If we usually putt normal, I’m right there. I’m attack it fine, and we usually need to make some putts. Hopefully, this weekend I’ll strike it a approach I’ve been attack it and get a prohibited dabble on a weekend. You never know.”
Woods avoided a 18th missed cut of his career on a PGA Tour as a pro (19th worldwide) and a third missed cut during Quail Hollow. This is a usually venue where he has missed some-more than one — in 2010 and 2012.
The latter missed cut was a final time Woods played here, though he can’t shake a believe of a approach a greens used to play. From 2004 to 2009, Woods played here 4 times, never finishing worse than 11th and picking adult a feat in 2007.
Since that time, Quail Hollow underwent alterations in allege of a 2017 PGA Championship, including a opposite aria of weed on a greens. Although they are firm, a surfaces are not as discerning as they appear, according to Woods.
“It routinely happens on slower greens,” he said. “I’ve always putted faster greens well, and slower greens I’ve always kind of struggled. This is no different. As we pronounced earlier, I’ve had plenty time to make a adjustment. we usually haven’t. I’m struggling with putting that most strike in my cadence to strike it that most harder. I’ve usually got to be means to do it.”
He has a weekend during Quail Hollow to arrange it out.