Monday, 24 September, 2018

McIlroy in the mix again at Quail Hollow

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Cassandra Gardner | 05 May, 2018, 01:38

On Thursday, it was very much the speed of the greens that fooled Woods, but on Friday it seemed to be more of an alignment issue. He got another par on the drivable par-4 14th but there was no reason to celebrate as he missed his birdie chance from four feet. He left himself about 13 feet further on average in his approach shots, but a two-day total average of just under 40 feet to the hole on his approaches should certainly not result in 64 putts over two days.

"We had a testing process basically since December of previous year and we finally got to the point where, yeah, I can put them in the bag and play", he said.

It missed. He missed from 8 feet.

"If I just make a few putts, I shoot 2 under, 3 under, but I just didn't make anything.

These greens are tough to hit just from the fairway, let alone from the rough, so it's imperative to get the ball in play".

"I've struggled with the greens being as slow as they are".

In 1997, he rampaged to a 12-shot victory to claim his first Masters title and then took virtual ownership of the Green Jacket with three wins from 2001 to 2005. Both Koepka and Reed had longer putts from the same area, which allowed Woods to better judge the break and tempo, and he drilled the putt.

The most painful, perhaps, came on a par-4 14th hole when Woods lipped out a 6-footer for birdie.

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Another three-putt fell Woods at the start of the Green Mile, Quail Hollow's long and hard three-hole finish. "I'm right there. If I make a couple putts, I'd be 2 or 3-under par, which is fine".

On a day when the 14-time major victor needed gains, Woods managed only one on the final hole of his second round on Friday, which left him at two over par and right on the projected cut line.

One of them is closer to walking away than the other.

"I hit it all right", said Woods, who is tied for 37th. So I just need to make the adjustments.

He stands six shots behind John Peterson, who ended his round late in the day by making back-to-back eagles, first holing a bunker shot from 56 feet on the par-5 seventh and then holing his second shot from 103 yards on the par-4 eighth en route to his 65.

After a frustrating T-37 Masters week, during which he struggled with his irons, struggling with the putter and not much else was a step in the right direction.

"This golf course is a lot harder, a lot harder than when I played", Woods said. "I made some good swings, hit some good putts, and 68 is a good way to start".

"The way the golf course is set up and the way it's playing right now, the guys are going to be stacked", he said.

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