Tiger’s Game Is Progressing In The Right Direction
Tiger Woods has remained confident that his form would begin to return at recent disappointments in tournaments. It was not going to happen overnight especially after recovering from injury and also adopting a new swing.
There were signs in the Quickens Loans National that the self believe is justified with his early showing in this competition. Unfortunately the early good form wasn’t sustained throughout. There are still some elements that need to be addressed which I’m sure are in hand.
As with any sportsman or woman confidence plays a big part. If Woods can continue to improve and grow in confidence then maybe we may see some of former champion as we became used to seeing him, in or around the top of leaderboards.
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Woods came out and hit three of his first four fairways — a vast improvement after missing the first six fairways Saturday. He went out in 32 and then birdied No. 10 to get to 10 under. Things were looking up for the Big Cat, and he had a chance to possibly sneak into a top 10 for the first time this season.
Then on No. 11 things started to unravel a bit as they have whenever Woods gets trending in the right direction this year. Woods nearly ran in a birdie putt that would’ve made it three consecutive birdies and taken him to 11 under; his three-footer coming back for par did a loop around the hole and then popped out, forcing him to tap in for a three-putt bogey.
On the 12th tee, Woods sliced his ball into the water hazard to the right of the fairway. After a drop, he hit a miraculous 5-wood onto the green and two-putted for bogey. Woods was back to 8 under for the tournament, but things could have been much worse after the wayward tee shot.
Tiger closed out his round with a bogey on No. 14 and a birdie on No. 17 to finish at 8 under for the event — the same score he had after Friday. Sunday has to be thought of as a success for Woods, but you can see the same problems that have plagued him all year — particularly off the tee — still pop up at inopportune times.
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