Woods says being timed led to 3 1/2-foot miss


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Following a solid opening nine (he started his round on the 10th hole), Tiger Woods made the turn Thursday at Oak Hill and ran headfirst into a stopwatch.

Woods said his group was put on the clock on the first hole for being out of position and said it caused him to rush a birdie attempt at the second hole.

“I stuffed it at No. 2 (to 3 ½ feet),” said Woods, who finished with a 1-over 71 and was tied for 49th when he walked off the golf course. “I probably should have taken a little longer, but we were on the clock.”

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Woods, who was paired with Keegan Bradley and Davis Love III, said the group was deemed back in position by the fifth hole, but the timing came at an inopportune time as the world No. 1 missed birdie putts of 18 feet (No. 1), 3 ½ feet (No. 2) and 15 feet (No. 3) during that stretch.

“It would have been nice to take a little longer with that putt (at No. 2),” he said.