Tour Report: Tiger shoots 68 despite putter

Mike McAllister
September 1, 2012

Watch: Tiger's 30-foot birdie putt

In the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger Woods holes a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th hole.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods shot a 3-under 68 in Saturday’s second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, leaving him at 10 under for the tournament, two strokes off the lead held by Rory McIlroy.

Woods came to the par-5 18th with a chance to join McIlroy in the final group in Sunday’s third round. But he hit a poor tee shot, had to lay up with his second, and failed to find the green with his pitch shot, forcing him to settle for par.

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Now he’ll be in the group ahead of McIlroy, with Ryan Moore as his playing partner. Moore is also at 10 under. McIlroy will play with Louis Oosthuizen, who is at 11 under after shooting a second-round 65.

“I’m happy with the way I hit it. I didn’t putt very good,”  said Woods, who missed all four of his putts between 7 and 10 feet and three-putted the par-3 11th. “I didn’t really make anything. Hopefully tomorrow will be a lot better.”

Woods did make a 30-foot putt at the par-4 14th for birdie but said, “That doesn’t count.” Woods said he watched Brandt Snedeker’s putt and made a late adjustment.

“I had a hard time figuring out what it was going to do late because it was questionable whether or not it was going to fall back to the left,” Woods said. “His putt, he got totally fooled on it. I switched my read a little bit and knocked it in.”

In shooting a 64 in Friday’s first round, Woods picked up 1.174 shots on the field with his putting. On Saturday, he lost 0.123 strokes.

“You’ve got to let it balance itself out because I made everything yesterday,” Woods said. “Today was one of those days where I had some good looks, missed them, but didn’t feel like I was really rolling it correctly.”