NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Tiger Woods’ putter is getting a lot of attention this week at AT&T National, but it’s not the shortest club in the bag that’s derailed the world No. 1’s chances at Aronimink Golf Club.
In fact, Woods is in the top half of the field in putts per round, currently ranked 15th following efforts of 30, 28 and 31 putts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The trouble seems to be Woods’ distance control, particularly with shorter irons. He’s tied for 61st in greens in regulation and has already missed three of first three greens on Sunday. Even more telling, is his four attempts from 75 to 100 yards. Woods’ average distance to the pin is over 18 feet, 45th among the 71 players that made the cut.
On what is largely being called a second-shot golf course, that’s more disturbing than those 31 putts on Saturday.