Tiger Woods binds adult his golf turn after putting out on a 14th hole during a second turn of The Players Championship golf contest Friday, Mar 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Associated Press)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods paused on a ninth immature and stared during a circuitously leaderboard.
His name would have been on it if not for one hole.
Woods strike dual balls in a H2O during a par-3 17th during TPC Sawgrass — a initial time he’s finished that in 69 rounds during The Players Championship — and carded a quadruple-bogey 7 in a second turn Friday. It was his misfortune measure during a famed island immature and matched his tip on any standard 3 in 24 years on a PGA Tour.
Woods rebounded with dual birdies on a front side, streamer to a 1-under 71 and withdrawal him during 3-under 141 for a tournament.
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He was 9 shots behind co-leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy, though felt he was still within operation streamer to a weekend.
“Everyone who creates a cut, anyone who creates a cut, has a possibility to win this golf tournament,” pronounced Woods, who was tied for 39th.
Woods was 5 underneath and tied for eighth, dual shots off a lead during a time, when he approached a course’s signature hole. Thousands of fans surrounded a ghastly firth and were repelled when Woods’s crowd shot from 146 yards divided strayed a small left, landed pin high and rolled off a green. It went by a rough, opposite a timber lamp and plunked into a water.
“I was a bit astounded it went that far,” pronounced Woods, who finished standard or birdie on each other hole Friday. “I took something off that crowd and it flew a lot serve than we thought. The other guys took a small review off of that.”
Woods pronounced he would have dialed behind his pitch had he strike after personification partners Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. But he was a initial to play.
He finished a beeline to a dump area and soon strike another into a drink. This time, he strike another crowd too prosaic and too hot. The turn one-hopped off a immature and into a water.
“Both shots I’m only perplexing to strike a turn into a slope and only travel divided with a 20-, 25-footer and pierce on about my business,” Woods said. “I was flattering ticked, no doubt about that, and we was firm and dynamic to get it all behind and get it behind to (5 under), and we suspicion that would have been a ruin of a fight. Ended adult removing behind to 3 (under).
“Still was a good quarrel to get to that point, though as of right now I’m 6 back, that is unequivocally doable on this golf course, generally with a continue entrance in.”
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The foresee calls for cooler temperatures and a change in breeze instruction over a weekend, that could make scoring worse on a Stadium Course.
Woods likes a approach he’s played so distant — aside from a one hole.
“I’m unequivocally happy with a approach I’ve been harsh around this golf course,” he said. “I’ve missed a few opportunities to get up-and-down for birdie. Overall, we consider I’ve putted flattering solidly. Other than 17 today, we unequivocally haven’t finished a whole lot wrong. we unequivocally simply could be adult nearby that lead. There’s no approach we would be leading, though we would be tighten adequate to that lead given a weekend and a forecast.”
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Woods pronounced his neck — tenderness caused him to skip a Arnold Palmer Invitational final week — felt “fine.”
He had no excuses for what happened during 17. Woods had strike 4 balls into a H2O during his prior 68 rounds during a Players. He had carded a double-bogey 4 times, including in a final turn in 2018.
“Number-wise and club-wise, it shouldn’t be that hard,” Woods said. “But we all know if we land it adult on top, it’s got a good possibility of removing out of here. And that’s a wily part: It’s only a crowd and we wish to get it somewhere adult there where we got a possibility to make birdie, though we only can’t means to land it too distant adult on top.”