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Woods looks better at Greenbrier despite blister

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – After striping the ball around the Old White TPC during his pro-am round Wednesday, Tiger Woods joked that his game has progressed since a missed cut at the U.S. Open.

“Obviously not really saying much,” he added.

Woods’ rounds of 80-76 at Chambers Bay certainly set the bar low, but the man who appeared lost at Chambers Bay showed signs of control, albeit in a practice round. Woods found every fairway and every green on the front nine, and didn’t hit a chip until the 11th hole.

Woods insisted that while the score was difficult to stomach in the Pacific Northwest, his tee-to-green product was not a total loss.

“I know it’s hard to believe that I wasn’t that far (off) at the Open, but I really wasn’t,” Woods said. “Few little knick-knack injuries going on that week sort of playing through. On top of that, playing a golf course that’s as interesting as that place was, if you missed a shot you could look like an absolute idiot there, and then hit an awful shot and look like a hero. It’s just one of those weird golf courses.”

Woods pointed to a blister on his finger, an injury that first surfaced at the Memorial, when he finished last among the 71 players to make the cut. Woods said the blister hadn’t healed at Chambers Bay, and added that it “still hasn’t really yet.”

But the back injuries that have caused him to miss significant time over the last two years are behind him, giving him a reason for optimism heading into his final start before the Open Championship.

“Obviously, you’re going to have knick-knack things here and there,” he said. “Just the way it is. Main thing is my back is feeling good.”