DUBLIN, Ohio — It was extra than keeping away from lacking the minimize for the very first time in 18 appearances at the Memorial Match for Tiger Woods. It was also much more than bouncing back again from a poor overall performance in the second spherical.
Woods preferred to exam his back again right after it gave him problems throughout Friday’s second round and also perform an additional 36 holes after a five-thirty day period crack from the tour.
He responded by shooting a 1-less than 71 in the third spherical on Saturday.
“General I felt like I played well, managed the ball perfectly,” Woods mentioned. “I strike one particular actually lousy shot there at 3, but other than that, it was a fairly excellent, good working day.”
Woods would not have built the slash had he not closed out the next round with two birdies and a par. He then had to wait around most of the day to see regardless of whether the lower line would drop from 2-in excess of to 3-more than.
“I was fortunate the slash arrived back again,” he mentioned. “I created a minimal run at the close yesterday, and at instances it was on the lookout like it was heading to be at 2, but the good thing is I snuck in at 3.
Woods’ overall body language was substantially distinct during his spherical Saturday as opposed to Friday, when he shot a 4-above 76 immediately after starting to deal with back again concerns throughout his warm-up.
On Saturday, there wasn’t a great deal grimacing soon after hitting a shot or badly missing the fairway like on Friday. Woods was 10-of-14 on fairways hit and his 140-lawn typical on approach photographs Saturday was his best of the event by 15 yards.
“I was shifting better now and felt like I did the initially working day, and as a result I could make the passes at the golfing ball like I did the first day,” Woods explained. “However I did not make any putts now, so ideally I can make a couple extra tomorrow.”
Woods needs these 36 holes over the weekend since, if not, he would have played only 36 holes of competitive golf since February heading into the PGA Championship in San Francisco in 3 months if he chooses not to perform in the 3M next 7 days or the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in two weeks.
“Nicely, I think that getting again into the circulation and competing once again and participating in at this degree, I hadn’t completed that in a though,” he reported. “Playing house and actively playing out below is so really distinctive, and creating certain that I continue to be sharp and will not make any silly mistakes and dump the ball in the improper spots or give myself lousy angles, that is a single of the points about participating in competitive golfing that is really diverse from playing at house.”