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Tiger Woods and Oak Hill’s Greens, The Saga Continues

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Tiger Woods’ opening-round 66 at Firestone was notable, to be sure. The world No. 1 made it around the South Course’s front nine (his back nine) in an impressive 4-under after a ho-hum opening nine.

However, for 14-time major winner, who has won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational seven times, a quality opening round is routine. Ripping the greens of the course that’s slated to host the next major, less so. Thus, Tiger Woods’ remarks Wednesday about the course he played Tuesday — Oak Hill, site of the coming PGA Championship — continued to dominate Woods-related headlines Thursday, as it were.

As Woods said Wednesday about the greens at Oak HIll,

“They don’t have much thatch to them, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do for the tournament and how much they’re able to speed them up with kind of a lack of grass.”

Further, the golfer indicated that the greens were rolling near a nine on the Stimpmeter during his practice round, which is unsatisfactorily slow for a major championship, obviously.

Predictably, intrepid reporters clamored to get the New York course’s superintendent, Jeff Corcoran, on the horn Thursday.

Eventually, Corcoran provided both explanations and puzzling soundbytes Thursday, such as the following:

“You don’t tell a marathon runner to go out and run a marathon just before you run a marathon.”

Further, Oak Hill’s super said:

“In regards to Tiger’s…comments, he hit it right on the head. We were trying to give the greens a rest before we head into a very stressful week. …When he was here [Tuesday], we were playing defense. We didn’t mow that day, didn’t roll [the greens] that day. We’ve had an extremely tough summer. We’ll have the green speeds up; they’ll roll fine.”

Well enough. If the superintendent says the course will be ready, we have to take him at his word. What do we make of Tiger’s comments, though?

Did Woods offer a casual, honest assessment, which leant itself to “Tiger Calls Oak Hill Crap” type of incendiary headlines? When asked how the course played during his practice round, should he have said, “It was great, next question!”

Under the “everybody plays the same course” school of thought, there’s not a great deal of sympathy when players are critical of course conditions, generally speaking. Was Woods really being critical, though? He certainly didn’t seem to be dishing out praise, at the very least.

Regardless of what we consider Woods’ intent to be in making his blunt assessment, it’s almost certain the saga will continue: We’ll hear much more about Oak Hill’s greens, and Woods will be hit with continued questions in the coming week.

Woods, at least, was impressed by something: his playing partner Thursday, Hideki Matsuyama.

“He has a boatload of talent,” Woods said about the 21-year-old Japanese standout. “He knows what he’s doing out there. And the more time he is out here, the older he gets, he will develop more shots. The talent is there.”

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  1. Tiger Woods

    Aug 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Stop bashing me guys! I’ll stop responding now and go back to my girlfriends… I mean girlfriend. Whoops.

  2. Whatever

    Aug 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Who cares what he says about anything……….blah blah blah.

  3. Ryan

    Aug 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    A little dissapointing that golfwrx allows these types of articles to be put on their site.

  4. Michael

    Aug 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    If you listen to the entirety of Tiger’s comments, the buzz about the greens is much ado about nothing. He was answering an interesting question honestly, and gave Oak Hill their props acknowledging the grass has been under stress and affirming they are doing what it take to get them ready for next week.

  5. RCM1301

    Aug 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    The problem is not Tiger, it’s the Media.

  6. Timothy Young

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Agreed, this is very non-headline making. Yet the media HAS to make it so because its Tiger. He just answered a question honestly. When he was there a week prior to the major event the greens were slow and he wasn’t sure if they’d be able to do anything about based on what he saw.

  7. Steve Barry

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Unreal, and people wonder why Tiger is so robotic when it comes to answering questions. He gives one honest answer and this is what happens. Everything he said makes sense and it was an honest assessment. He didn’t say they were crap or unplayable or anything like that, just said they were slow and there wasn’t a lot of grass to work with. What’s wrong with that?

  8. sturg

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I don’t get the headlines. He didn’t “rip” the course. He was asked a question and gave an honest answer. The are rolling at a 9, which is too slow for a major championship

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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

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Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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Tiger Woods shoots an opening-round 72 (1-over) at the 2018 Genesis Open

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After hitting just 17 fairways all week at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T23, Tiger Woods switched driver shafts and added 0.75 degrees of loft in his TaylorMade M3 driver ahead of the 2018 Genesis Open this week. He went from using a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft, to a Matrix TP6HDe shaft — he used a TP7HDe shaft back in 2015.

So how did the switch work out for him at Riviera CC on Thursday?

Well, he hit driver 9 times during his round of 72 strokes; four went right — one of which got lost in a tree and he had to re-tee — one went left, and four found the fairway. He hit 8-of-14 fairways in total; no Fred Funk, but an improvement. Woods’ bigger issue on Thursday, actually, was that he hit only 7 greens in regulation, leaving himself a few tricky up-and-downs. Despite hitting only 38 percent of greens, Woods managed to make 5 birdies, and he continues displaying prowess on the greens (1.784 Strokes Gained Putting, and 82 feet worth of putts made).

He also showed some flashes of old Tiger with Arnie-esque follow through.

Of course, that means he missed the fairway way right, and he did go onto bogey the hole, but the shot made for some excitement on golf twitter, at least.

According to @RandallMellGC, Tiger described his round in a post-round interview: “I fought hard. I made a few simple, silly mistakes, bad shots here and there, missed on the wrong side, made a few birdies as well. 1-over’s not bad.”

Yea, that’s about right.

Tiger currently sits at T66, and six shots off the leader. Lots of golf to play, but he’ll likely be contending with the cutline come Friday afternoon. How do you think Tiger will finish this week at the 2018 Genesis Open?

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Bill Haas injured in fatal car crash in Los Angeles

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Bill Haas was involved in a fatal car crash in Pacific Palisades, Calif., site of the Genesis Open, Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old was riding in the passenger seat of a Ferrari driven by a member of the family with whom Haas is staying this week. According to LA County fire officials, the Ferrari collided with a BMW driven by a 50-year-old woman. Haas and the driver of the BMW were transported to a local hospital. The 71-year-old male driver of the Ferrari was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Ferrari also reportedly “clipped” a vehicle driven by actor Luke Wilson prior to the rollover. Wilson was not injured, per a police report.

Per PGATour.com, Bill Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, released the following statement Wednesday morning.

“Last night in Pacific Palisades, California, Bill Haas was involved in a serious car accident in which the driver—a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open—was killed. While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and—more importantly—his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time.“

“Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover. He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole, and he has asked for privacy as he processes what has happened.“

Geoff Shackelford tweeted this video of the KTLA coverage of the crash.

Bill Haas’ father, Jay, spoke with Todd Lewis on Golf Channel’s morning drive earlier in the day, saying his son was “very fortunate.” Beyond swelling in one of his legs and pain, Haas sustained no serious injuries, according to his father.

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