Tiger Woods is having trouble finding the range with his putter.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods was nothing if not succinct following his round of 72 on Friday.
"I hit it good, made nothing, and we can all go eat now," Woods said.
The world No. 2 has yet to break par at Firestone Country Club, a place where he had played 44 rounds prior to this week and had a scoring average of 68.34. So the man who has seven World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitationals on his resume is 2 over and 13 shots off the pace set by Jim Furyk.
"I’m playing well, that’s the thing," Woods said. "I’m hitting it well. I’m making nothing. Certainly I didn’t hit it good enough to be 11 under par, but I certainly hit it good enough to be right there in the top five going into the weekend, no problem at all.
"But yesterday I was 3 under through 11. If I would have just kept that pace up through the end of yesterday and into today, I’m fine. But I didn’t do that.”
Instead, Woods found the left fairway bunker off the 10th tee with his first shot Friday and went on to make bogey. He reeled off eight pars before making another bogey at No. 1, although that was quickly followed by his first birdie of the day on a 7-foot putt at the par-5 second.
Bogeys at Nos. 4 and 7 quickly dropped Woods back to 3 over. But he answered with a 14-footer for birdie at the eighth hole and came in with the round of 2 over.
"I figured something out finally on the 17th hole, but too little, too late," Woods said. "I’m sure it helped on that little one and a half foot tap in on the last hole."
Through two rounds, Woods has struck the ball fairly well, hitting 16 of 28 fairways and 24 of 36 greens in regulation. His putter, though, has refused to cooperate with 33 on Thursday and 29 in the second round.
"It was more path than anything else," said Woods, adding he’s been more streaky this year than he has in the past. "I had my lines good, but it’s just setting my path out. I was trying to marry the two.
“I was trying to figure it out last night on the putting green and couldn’t get comfortable enough on the golf course and finally felt it, and then, boom, made a putt."
Woods said his speed was better on Friday but things were "still not quite right.
"And the putts I did pure, they were just lipping out," he said. "So that’s fine. But I just need to get more consistent where I just don’t hit a bad putt. As soon as I start doing that, everything will be fine."
- Tiger Woods