NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – A putting epiphany helped turn Tiger Woods’ day around on Saturday at AT&T National and buoy the spirits of a player in need of a boost.
“Have lunch?” a relaxed Woods asked Greg McLaughlin, who runs his foundation and is the AT&T National tournament director, following his round.
Woods was also pleased with the turnout to watch him round Aronimink Golf Club in 70 strokes early Saturday, a round that left the world No. 1 tied for 52nd. “They came out early and it was great to have them out that early,” smiled Woods, who was in the day’s fourth group off at 9:02 a.m. (ET).
Yet barring an epic collapse by the leaders or a historic final round, or both, Woods seems bound for another pedestrian week, extending his PGA Tour winless streak to seven events dating back to last year’s Tour Championship.
It will be the longest victory drought since 2004-05 when he went 16 consecutive Tour events without a victory when he began retooling his swing under former coach Hank Haney.
Bookend ties for fourth at the year’s first two majors is a good start, but for the player who once famously opined “second place sucks,” 2010 is slow starting by any measure.