Woods continues to reap advantages of wholesome knee
NASSAU, Bahamas – For each PGA Tour professional, there are particular golf holes that simply don’t match their eye. For Tiger Woods, the par-Four ending gap at Albany Golf Course is considered one of them.
“It is only a laborious gap,” stated Woods, who doubled-bogeyed the opening Wednesday to place a damper on his opening spherical of the Hero World Problem.
A day after discovering the suitable fairway bunker off the ultimate tee and making a large number of the opening from there, Woods pounded a drive down the golf green earlier than “roasting” a 6-iron into the inexperienced to arrange a straightforward par.
A pleasant aid for Woods, who got here alive after a gradual begin with an eagle and three birdies on the again 9 to shoot 6-under 66 and rocket up the leaderboard on Thursday within the Bahamas.
“Yeah, no kidding, huh? I lastly hit a ball within the fairway, which is nice,” Woods stated. “Usually it is both soup or it is rocks.”
Woods’ temper was understandably higher than after his opening 72. He missed 4 of his first 5 greens however left himself on the proper sides of the opening to arrange straightforward up-and-downs. He made only one birdie on the entrance aspect, on the par-5 sixth, but additionally made no errors.
BY Tiger Tracker
— December 5, 2019 at 3:15 PM
Tiger Woods had one other back-nine surge on the Hero World Problem – and this time, he didn’t stall out.
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That set the desk for the again 9, when Woods caught fireplace with a brief eagle make on the par-5 11th gap earlier than taking part in Nos. 11-16 in a complete of 5 below. On Wednesday, he performed that stretch in the identical quantity of photographs. However in contrast to a day earlier, Woods didn’t slip up on the finish.
“I felt good with each facet of my sport,” Woods stated. “I labored laborious on all the things, felt fairly sharp.”
It’s been a bit greater than three months since Woods underwent arthroscopic surgical procedure to restore torn cartilage in his left knee. The process has appeared to revive Woods’ sport, which wasn’t in nice form towards the tip of final season.
Because the surgical procedure, Woods has performed six rounds in 25 below. He additionally received his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour occasion in October on the Zozo Championship.
Requested what a part of his sport has benefitted essentially the most from a more healthy knee, Woods gave two responses.
“I can drive the ball a bit bit higher as a result of I can rotate and I can putt the ball higher as a result of I can get down and browse putts once more,” Woods stated. “As I stated in direction of the tip of the yr, I could not do this, so this has been good to have the ability to get down there, squat, learn some putts. I haven’t got to name Joey on each putt as a result of I am unable to get down there, so it has been good.”
Regardless of lacking some birdie tries early, Woods wanted simply 24 putts Thursday. He additionally hit 9 fairways after lacking three of six on the entrance.
It’s all excellent news for Woods and Staff USA because it pertains to subsequent week’s Presidents Cup in Australia. The U.S. taking part in captain, wholesome and thriving, hasn’t stated what number of classes he’ll play.
“Yeah, I am taking part in a minimal of two,” he stated, coyly.
But when he retains this up, anticipate to see a whole lot of Woods at Royal Melbourne.