Tiger’s quad on 17 ruins otherwise good day

Tiger’s quad on 17 ruins otherwise good day

Tiger’s quad on 17 ruins otherwise good day

The two-time Players Championship victor got close, bouncing back with a pair of birdies and no bogeys on his back nine to shoot 1-under 71 in Round 2.

Woods missed a scheduled tournament for the first time since returning past year from spinal fusion surgery, and said it was more to make sure a growing problem that started last month in Los Angeles did not get worse.

Woods was 5 under and tied for eighth, two shots off the lead at the time, when he approached the course's signature hole. After the ball landed, it rolled off the back of the green complex into the water, leading Woods to let loose with an expletive as he reached caddie Joe LaCava standing next to his player's bag.

Woods, who started on the back-nine, looked in good touch with all departments of his game as he cruised to three under for the round after seven holes, but he then found water twice at the notorious par-three and ran up a quadruple-bogey seven. "I took something off that wedge, and it flew a lot further than I thought". Pepperell will play in his first Masters next month and is yet to visit Augusta National, but said on Wednesday that he's had a vision or two about golf's hallowed grounds. Adding insult to injury, he had to hit another from the drop area.

Woods hit 9-of-14 fairways Friday morning, using driver 10 times and fairway woods four times.

The worst score by a Players victor at the 17th was a triple-bogey 6 in 2000 by Hal Sutton, who beat Woods by a shot.

"I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that, and I was bound and determined to get it all back and get it back to (5 under), and I thought that would have been a hell of a fight".

The forecast calls for cooler temperatures and a change in wind direction over the weekend, which could make scoring tougher on the Stadium Course. Come Saturday, the putts were dropping from everywhere, and that third-round 65 still serves as one of Woods' most memorable post-fusion days.

"I'm very happy with the way I've been grinding around this golf course. And I think that everything is headed on track toward April". I just look at the swing really quick for like two things. That's the closest thing I have in common with Tiger.

"I'm all good with that", he said of the strained neck that forced him to withdraw from last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and had the golf world momentarily holding its collective breath as he tore into the rye overseed in the opening round of the Players Championship.

He had no excuses for what happened at 17. (Having) four weeks off was always going to be created to not necessarily play well at Bay Hill, it's created to kick into effect in a few weeks' time.

"Number-wise and club-wise, it shouldn't be that hard", Woods said. "But we all know if you land it on top it's got a good chance of getting out of here".

After a ho-hum front nine in which he made just one bogey but also only one birdie, Woods strapped in for the roller coaster coming in.

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