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Woods left frustrated after putting woes

05 May, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Woods left frustrated after putting woes

The changes have seen the course be elongated to 7,554 yards, and the par drop from 72 to 71. But he hit a poor wedge that led to bogey on the par-5 10th, atoned for that with a birdie on the par-5 15th, only to give back that shot with a three-putt bogey from 15 feet on No. 16.

This week marked Woods' first start since last month's U.S. Masters, where he arrived as one of the favourites after some encouraging results but ultimately finished in a share of 32nd place.

On Thursday, it was very much the speed of the greens that fooled Woods, but on Friday it seemed to be more of an alignment issue. They're on the slower side. I'm hitting it fine, and I just need to make some putts. "I had defensive putts for most of the days", Woods said. It nearly got even better. I just didn't make anything today.

"No, I've struggled, " he went on. Although they are firm, the surfaces are not as quick as they appear, according to Woods.

After two great shots into No. 18, Woods looked bewildered by a missed eight-footer for birdie, but he looked to right the ship with short par saves at Nos.

The numbers still weren't impressive: Woods made less than 50 feet of total putts on Friday and ranked almost last in the field in strokes gained: putting. Even so, Woods hasn't given himself enough good chances to make up ground over dozens of players ahead of him.

"But you got to put it behind and move on to the next one and hit the next shot with just as much commitment and I did that all day and unfortunately I didn't make anything until the last hole". The bunkers are certainly more in play than they used to be, and the greens are new, so they're a little springy.

Since that time, Quail Hollow underwent alterations in advance of the 2017 PGA Championship, including a different strain of grass on the greens.

"We had a testing process basically since December of previous year and we finally got to the point where, yeah, I can put them in the bag and play", he said. "Ballstriking is always harder [to fix] because obviously the distance covered". He drained a 27-footer for birdie on No. 8 to get into red figures but also missed five putts from inside of 10 feet, including a pair of 4-footers.

After the round, Woods was off to the putting green. It should be noted that the Wells Fargo Championship is the only regular PGA Tour event where he's missed the 36-hole cut twice.

Woods was six strokes off the pace after the opening round and slipped further down the leaderboard during a frustrating display on Friday, with his birdie finish seeing him sneak into the weekend on the expected cut mark.


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