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02 July 2018, 10:12 | Anna Jefferson
Tiger Woods is in the field at the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National 2018 this week
"Not too far back, 3-under is in 10th", Woods said.
Woods began the day at five under, just four shots off the lead. After scrambling for a bogey on the 11th hole when his shot went into grass so deep he could barely see the golf ball, Woods bounced back with an 18-foot birdie putt he had to play well outside the hole. "I've had to just log in time and putt for hours to try to figure it out. We did a few things I'm very proud of". "I like feeling that toe move and cover that ball and it felt good today".
A spectacular chip-in and four putts beyond 15 feet were among his seven birdies, the 14-time major victor sharing 11th on five-under 135 after 36 holes at TPC Potomac, only four strokes behind U.S. co-leaders Brian Gay, Beau Hossler and Ryan Armour.
The guy who has been fiddling with putters because he wasn't happy with the results finally saw his share of putts go in. This also is the last edition, and the field is among the weakest on the PGA Tour this year.
Woods missed from 10 feet and 6 feet on his next two holes.
He improved his strokes gained putting stat from -1.198 to over 2. "I started on my line with the right pace and today I did that and a lot of them fell". Just continue with it. "The West Coast and early Florida I putted well, but just haven't done it the last four events".
"That three-wood, I smoked it 280 (yards), a nice high cut off a downhill lie, not exactly an easy shot to hit but I pulled it off", he said, displaying just a trace of his old cockiness. He sprayed a drive well to the right into the rough, came up short of the green and then hit a ideal pitch that broke sharply back to the left and fell on its last turn as thousands in his gallery erupted. But an opening bogey suggested Saturday would be a tough one for Woods. In eight events since, he's made just three cuts, but one of those came at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he tied for third.
But he followed up with three more birdies on the back side to make the turn in 33, including a holed pitch shot from 80 feet at the 18th.
Woods tapped in for birdie at the par-5 second‚ then sank a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-3 third. He finished the round with four pars.
In all, Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways, reached 13 of 18 greens in regulation and made only 26 putts.
"I think I'm not that far away from putting it together where I can win". "I'm in a similar position to where I was at Valspar [tied for second]".
The course was the fourth-toughest on the PGA Tour a year ago, trailing only three majors, though it was soft enough and the wind was mild so that low scores were available. He was tied for second that week in March, two shots behind, and he wound up one shot behind the victor. It will be hotter than now, which is scary. It will be over 100 degrees and it will be a long weekend mentally and physically.
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