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Saturday 16 December 2017

Woods stares into abyss

Bernie McGuire in Akron

The look of disbelief on JB Holmes' face mirrored the views of most watching Tiger Woods competing on the third day of the WGC--Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Woods had played a superb drive to the middle of the fairway and was just 133 yards from the green. But after seeing his second shot clip trees and drop down into rough, Woods just dropped his club in total disgust.

Holmes, who had hit out from the right rough moments earlier, just stared at his compatriot with an expression as if to say: "Who is this guy I am playing with? He can't be the world's best golfer."

Woods then left his third shot, from some 100 feet out, short of the flag by 31 feet before holing out for a second straight bogey and a score of 75 for a dismal 15-over-par tally.

It is Woods' worst 54-hole effort since turning professional at the end of 1996 and his 75 is also the poorest since a similar round at the 2005 Players Championship.

Woods is now also staring at his worst finish since finishing T60th on debut as a pro in the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open. Woods refused to talk to the assemble media and it was a US Tour staffer who managed to grab a few quotes from the 14-times Major champion.

"I drove it terrible, hit my irons terrible, didn't putt well, and it added up to a lot," he said. When asked if he could take anything positive out of the round and Woods responded: "No, not right now."

Woods hit just half of Firestone's 14 fairways and less than half of the 18 greens in regulation.

Meanwhile Rory McIlroy recovered from a 14th hole double bogey to birdie his closing two holes for a round of 69 and a share of 16th place at four-under par.

Sunday Independent

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