NORTON, Mass. – Michael Sim has now seen the good and the bad of Tiger Woods.
The Australian was alongside the world No. 1 last Sunday at The Barclays on his way to a tie for 12th place, largely regarded as one of Woods’ best weeks of the year, and on Friday at TPC Boston for what may be one of his worst outings, a 1-over 72 that has him languishing at the bottom of the 99-player field.
“At Bethpage (final round of the 2009 U.S. Open) and last week he played well, but today he struggled,” Sim said. “I was shocked when he came out over par.”
To put Woods’ day into perspective, at one point he was further off the lead (11 shots) then he was along in his round (six holes). Although Woods rebounded, with back-to-back birdies at the turn and another on his 13th hole, he still has work to do just to assure himself a spot in next week’s playoff event in Chicago.
“I didn’t have it today. I wasn’t really doing what I was supposed to be doing,” said Woods, who hit just six fairways and 11 greens on a soggy day south of Boston. “I need practice and rest as well. I just can’t go out there and hit balls forever.”
Woods is currently tied for 86th and likely needs to finish better than 57th to crack the top 70 on the FedEx Cup points list and advance to the BMW Championship according to Tour models.
His 72, one of just 14 over-par rounds on Friday with a handful of groups still on the golf course, tied for his second-worst card ever at TPC Boston. But even after just three trips around a tournament course with Woods, Sim wasn’t about to dismiss a possible rally.
“He battled back,” Sim said. “A lot of guys would have thrown in the towel. All he needs is a good round (on Saturday).”