Friday 24 November 2017

Frustrated Tiger loses touch

TIGER WOODS has won three times in his last seven starts on the US PGA Tour so he was ill prepared for the frustration he endured during yesterday's slipshod first-round 71 at the Greenbrier Classic.

Playing competitively for the first time at the Old White TPC, in West Virginia, Tiger lost the pinpoint accuracy and imperious putting touch which underpinned last weekend's AT&T National victory at Congressional as he fell eight shots behind red-hot clubhouse leader Vijay Singh.

"I was a little bit off with my game, and on top of that I didn't have the speed of these greens at all," said Woods, who took 31 putts.

"My last three tournaments, the greens were awfully quick and they have a lot of swing at the end because of how fast they are. I missed literally every single putt high today."

Tiger conceded that conditions were perfect for scoring, and Singh heavily underscored the point with his seven-under 63, while recent US Open winner Webb Simpson shot 65.

Fijian Singh (49) finished with four straight birdies as he wrapped up his lowest round score since copper-fastening first place at the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woods holed all 16 of his putts inside 10 feet last Sunday.

Yet he missed a five-footer for par at 13, his fourth yesterday, and a putt of just 24 inches as he made an untidy double-bogey seven at 17, where he drove right, into the water.

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