Putter goes chilly, Woods struggles merely to make minimize at PGA

San Francisco, August 8

After Friday’s barrage of misreads, quick misses and rim-outs on greens he couldn’t determine, Tiger Woods may wish to return to his outdated putter. And discover a new sand wedge whereas he’s at it.

Woods, who acquired below par on Day 1 of the PGA Championship by swapping his standard putter for one which was slightly longer, ended up in a battle merely to make the minimize within the second spherical. He shot 2-over 72 to complete at even par on the halfway level at Harding Park. He is eight pictures behind chief Haotong Li.

Most of the issues needed to do along with his placing.

“I really struggled with getting the speed of the greens today,” he mentioned. “They looked faster than what they were putting. They were firm coming into the greens, but they weren’t putting as fast as they looked. And then as the day wore on, they got a little more fuzzy and got even slower.”      

On Day 1, he made 141 ft price of putts. On Day 2, the grand complete was 52 ft, and that was with the assistance of 12 footer on No. 16 that appeared extra like 50 contemplating the best way the remainder of the spherical had gone.

The tough placing day contributed to an 0-for-5 efficiency within the sand-save class, which introduced him to Zero for 7 for the match.

A day that started with reliable ideas of Woods capturing his 16th main ended with him needing to play the final three holes at even par or higher merely to make the minimize.

He did, however there are eight pictures and greater than three dozen gamers separating himself and Li. An unbelievable hole to make up below the very best of circumstances. Impossible if he retains placing like that.

“You give it a run, but it’s just not rolling out,” Woods mentioned.

He complained that the observe inexperienced has been rolling sooner than the greens on the course all week.

Sure sufficient, the difficulty began immediately. On the primary gap, he lined up an 8-footer, anticipating it to maneuver barely to the correct because it approached the outlet. It stayed useless straight. It was the primary of 5 misses from 12 ft and nearer on the day.

He wanted 17 putts over the entrance 9, and made the flip in 2-over 37. At that time, he hadn’t made a putt longer than three ft.

His sand wedge was no assist. In two days, he hasn’t left himself nearer than 7 ft out of any of the seven greenside bunkers he’s discovered.

But when requested if he thought he might nonetheless win this match, Woods responded as anticipated: “Yeah,” he mentioned.

He was completely satisfied along with his driver. He hit 9 fairways, which was three greater than the day earlier than. But for the second straight day, he couldn’t make each issues work on the similar time.

Woods mentioned he was attempting a distinct putter this week so he didn’t must bend over as a lot to make the stroke — one other small approach of assuaging strain on his surgically repaired again.

It shall be attention-grabbing to see if he sticks with the identical flat stick for the weekend. Either approach, possibly the very best factor he’s acquired going for him Saturday is an early tee time.

“Hopefully I can get it going, drive the ball like I did today, hit my irons a little bit more crisp,” Woods mentioned, “and be a little bit more aggressive on the putts.” AP 

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