Woods misses the cut, but encouraged about back

By Jay CoffinJune 27, 2014, 10:34 pm

BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods missed the cut by four shots at the Quicken Loans National and deemed it “encouraging.”

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a new world.

Woods followed a first-round 74 with a shaky 75 in the second round at Congressional and will not play the weekend in his first event back after a nearly four-month layoff because of back surgery.

“A lot of positives to take away from these last two days,” Woods said. “I came back four weeks earlier than we thought I could. I had no setbacks. I got my feel for playing tournament golf.”

To be fair, he’s right. The week was a success, even though it’s difficult to view the end result (T-103) as such from a man who has won 14 major championships and 79 PGA Tour victories.

Woods hit many trademark shots during the two days outside the nation’s capital. He swung hard with the driver time and time again, he hit several precise long iron shots into greens, and he wasn’t afraid to attack the pins that he thought he could. He took many massive blows out of thick, gnarly rough. The back never gave him a problem.

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“The thing I was worried about most was hitting driver, and I roasted most of them the last two days,” he said. “Hit it really well.”

What Woods did not do well was what most people thought he would do the best. Frankly, his short game was not good. At all.

The statistic that knocks you in the face most about his putrid performance in this area – Woods got up and down three of 16 times. Yes, the 16 times he failed to hit a green in regulation, he made par only three times. Three.

On the par-3 12th hole on Friday, Woods chunked a chip shot 12 feet short. On No. 14 he hit a chip 10 feet past the hole and did not make the par putt. He missed a birdie putt from inside 6 feet on No. 4, three-putted for par on the par-5 sixth hole and missed a 3 footer for par on the 16th hole, among other things.

It’s a surprise that this part of Woods' game was so ragged because it’s the part he said earlier in the week he believed was at its best. Since his surgery on March 31, Woods almost immediately began chipping and putting on his back-yard practice range.

“I was off,” Woods said. “I probably should have spent more time chipping over on the chipping green than I did. But that’s the way it goes.

“All the little things, and speed on putts, all the little things that I know I can fix.”

After a bogey on No. 8, Woods rattled off birdies on nine and 10 to pull within two shots of the cut line. He then made four consecutive bogeys to put weekend play out of reach.

“Swing looks good, he’s not over-swinging,” said Jordan Spieth, Woods’ playing partner for two days. “He’s in rhythm.

“He’s going to be a severe threat at the British (Open), probably a favorite, and after playing these couple rounds, I think he’ll take something from it.”

Woods said he was going to take his children on a vacation, then he’d begin preparations for the British Open in three weeks at Royal Liverpool, a place where Woods won the claret jug in 2006.

“I’m very excited to get there,” he said. “Excited to play that golf course.”


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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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