For Tiger Woods, the last couple of days at Firestone have been an on-course tune-up for next week's PGA Championship. Well out of contention when he teed off on Saturday, the one thing Woods needed to work on over the weekend was his putting which, for lack of a better word, had been abysmal over the first two days.
Woods even commented after Thursday's first round that it felt like he was averaging four putts per hole (he was a joking). But with 33 and 29 putts in his first two rounds, Woods clearly needed to find something.
While 31 and 29 putts on Saturday and Sunday won't have him doing cartwheels, he managed to finally hole a couple of lengthy birdie putts that gave him hope heading to Kiawah Island.
"I putted well the last two days, which was good," Woods said. "… And more importantly, I hit the ball on my start lines, and that's something I did not do the first couple days. I misread a couple, but that's just the way it goes. But at least every putt was starting on the right line, and that's something that I'm very excited about going into next week."
As Woods mentioned after his round, shooting 66 on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational was about the highest score he could have shot considering how well he was playing from tee-to-green. After wondering all week how Woods would handle hitting driver on Firestone's lengthy layout, he produced a tee-to-green clinic for the entire week, finishing 1st in the field in ball striking and inside the top-10 in total driving and greens in regulation.
In other words, he was dialied-in with every club in his bag, sans the flatstick. Sure, a T-8 -- the first time he's posted back-to-back top 10s since 2009 -- wasn't exactly what he was looking for with the final major on the horizon, but if there's one thing Woods can take away from the week, it's that he's striking the ball beautifully and the putter seems to be coming around, even if the stats don't show it. Now it's time to see if he can put it all together at the Ocean Course.