DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – When Tiger Woods arrived at the par-4 17th hole, there was no doubt in his mind how to proceed – he immediately pulled his driver from his bag.
Whether it was the $2.5 million hole-in-one prize or just a desire to finish his round with a flourish, the world No. 1 figured the best play on the 325-yard hole was to try and drive the green. If he holed out his drive for a double-eagle then there were 2.5 million reasons why it was the correct play.
“If I can get there, I’m going,” said Woods of the downwind drive. “Depends on the pin, which side you're going to miss it on, and yesterday, unfortunately, I hit the cart path.”
Woods’ drive came up short and right of the 17th green but after chipping his second to 5 feet he missed the birdie attempt, another squandered opportunity on a day filled with missed chances.
The good news is he gets one more chance to birdie the hole on Sunday, not to mention swing for $2.5 million.