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Brilliant from tee to green, poor putting holds Woods back

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Tiger Woods fired a 4-under 68, Saturday that will have him starting his final round five strokes behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

Woods called the score “the highest…I could possibly shot today,” and he isn’t wrong.

Woods missed twice from inside seven feet for par in his last three holes, as well as a four-footer for birdie at the 14th hole and two more opportunities inside 12 feet.

“I played really, really well. I played beautifully, actually,” Woods said, referring to his tee-to-green play. He hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens. With a birdie putt at the 15th hole, Woods briefly grabbed a share of the lead.

“I was fine at the beginning of the round,” he said. “My speed was bad on the last two holes, the last two out of three holes, and I didn’t make any.”

If you’re wondering how much better Woods’ rounds should of been, TW did the math, per Golf Channel’s Tiger Tracker: “After estimating that he could have turn a second-round 67 into a 62 or 63, Woods believes that today’s effort should have been closer to 63 or 64.”

“I am definitely not taking advantage of how well I’m hitting it,” Woods said. “Shooting in the low 60s could have been pretty easy if I had just putted normally.”

Woods lost 1.42 strokes to the field with his putter Saturday. He lost 3.68 strokes Friday.

“Had total control of what I was doing out there,” Woods said.

Indeed. He’s second in the field in strokes gained: approach and second in strokes gained: around the green. He leads the field in strokes gained: tee to green–and is 72nd in strokes gained: putting through three rounds.

Patrick Reed, who played alongside Woods Saturday said this regarding the state of Woods’ game.

“It’s close…He missed a lot of short putts today, hit a couple good ones, but for him it easily could have been 7 or 8 under par without blinking.”

While it’s always easy to play the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” game, a couple of statistically average days from Woods would have his name at the top of the leaderboard. As it is, he’ll need the “7 or 8 under par without blinking” he could have shot Saturday on Sunday to have a chance.

Regardless, encouraging stuff for the 14-time major champion and his fans as he eyes the U.S. Open at Shinnecock two weeks from now.

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  1. John Evans

    Jun 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Woulda, coulda, shouda!

  2. Way

    Jun 3, 2018 at 10:19 am

    The rest of the boys had better make sure they don’t let Eldrick win today. We just can’t have that happen. Cannot let Tont win. Got it?

  3. Greg V

    Jun 3, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Bet Rory finishes lower that Tiger.

  4. Man

    Jun 3, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Yes, it should HAVE been a better round.
    Learn to write English first, man.
    You’re garbage

    • Brian

      Jun 3, 2018 at 6:32 am

      Dude, relax.

      • Greg V

        Jun 3, 2018 at 7:29 am

        No, correct English grammar is important if one holds oneself out as a writer.

        • Brian

          Jun 4, 2018 at 5:39 am

          I understand and agree with this sentiment, but calling him garbage? That’s completely unnecessary.

  5. craig

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:25 am

    … is Tiger a-comin’ back or is he just an also-ran from now on…?

  6. Ron

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Dare I say…maybe it’s time to look at another putter design. Doesn’t hurt to let the Scotty know that it can find it’s way back to the bench again.

  7. The dude

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Woulda….coulda….shoulda……

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GolfWRX is live from Sea Island Golf Club in St,. Simons Island, Georgia for the RSM Classic.

Coming the week after the Masters, plenty of players from the tournament in Augusta are making their way 3.5 hours South to the Davis Love III-hosted event.

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GolfWRX is live from the Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course, where players who, well, like to play before majors are playing (including Mav McNealy with some vintage Nike blades in the featured image).

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