Lost the momentum battle


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Tiger Woods says he hasn’t driven the ball this well in years. It’s just his putting was terrible this week. Funny how the game works. Woods' problem for most of this year has been that he couldn’t find a fairway and was fighting the dreaded two-way miss.

“Maybe I should go back to spraying it all over the lot and make everything,” Woods quipped. He shot 67-73-73-72 for a 3-under-par 285 total to finish well outside the top 10.

It was a bizarre week for Woods, as many of them seem to be nowadays. He arrived to the British press hammering him about his on-course behavior and questions asking the state of his marriage. Through all of that, the biggest news was that he had changed putters after 12 years with his faithful Scotty Cameron.

A first-round 67 put him on the map and people around here thought it a foregone conclusion that he’d contend for a third claret jug at the Old Course. But consecutive 73s in terrible conditions, a final-round 72 and a balky putter all week kept him from being in the hunt. The putting got so bad that he switched from his new Nike Method putter back to his Scotty Cameron for the final round.

“If I got something going, I would somehow find a way to stop the momentum,” he said. “Basically, that’s what I did all week.”