Tiger Woods is hoping that by staying on his yacht, that he calls “dinghy”, will help his chances as he competes in this week’s U.S. Open.
“Yeah, staying on the dinghy helps,” Woods joked (h/t ESPN). “There are a few guys this week who have said it’s taken them from the hotel 2½ to 3 hours and there’s a good chance that someone might be their (tee time). You get a little traffic, maybe a little fender bender, and it’s not inconceivable someone could miss their time.”
Woods has struggled at times since he came back from his fourth back surgery, but showed flashes of his form during play at the Memorial.
“Golf is always frustrating,” Woods said. “There’s always something that isn’t quite right, and that’s where we, as players, have to make adjustments. You’ve seen the tournaments I’ve played this year. There’s always something. Hopefully this is one of those weeks where I put it all together and even it out. We’ll see what happens.”
Woods said he put in significant work on his short game after he had 118 putts over four rounds at Muirfield Village.
“What I’ve done over basically my entire career is putt with those putters at home a lot,” Woods said. “And then I like to feel that in my fingers when I grab my other putter, the one you’ve seen me putt with for most of those years, and have that same swing.
“What I did at Memorial, I just didn’t feel comfortable over it. I couldn’t see my lines. And those greens were quick, and I just didn’t feel comfortable and didn’t hit many good putts. I hit a lot of bad ones.
“This is a different week, different setup, different grass. This is what I basically grew up on out there on the West Coast. Poa (annua) gets bumpy, and it requires a lot of patience. A lot of times you can hit great putts on poa, and it doesn’t go in. The key is to hit putts solid and see what happens.”
Francesco Molinari Wins The Open
Francesco Molinari has won The Open for his 1st career major championship and becomes the first Italian golfer to ever win a major championship.
Molinari holed a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round at 2-under-par 69, and finished with an overall score of 8-under par, two shots ahead of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.
Tiger Woods Likely To Make Cut
Tiger Woods is likely to make the cut after a second straight 71 gave him consecutive scores of par or better to open a major championship for the first time in five years.
Woods is currently outside of the top 25 and was six strokes back of the clubhouse lead when he finished.
“Most of the good scores yesterday were in the morning, and they had no wind ,and they have very little wind this afternoon with a softer golf course,” Woods said (h/t ESPN). “But we certainly had a chance to get the ball down a little bit further and control it on the ground a little bit better.
“The ball wasn’t rolling 80, 90 yards like it was yesterday. It was a little bit easier in that regard.”
Woods played in the toughest conditions yet, but says that the rain actually helped soften the course a bit and helped the greens.
“I played a little bit yesterday,” Woods said. “Today wasn’t quite as good, but I finally birdied a par-5 (a two-putt at the par-5 16th), so that’s a positive.”
Despite his likelihood to make the cut, Woods knows he needs to clean up his game if he wants to make progress on the leaderboard.
“I could have cleaned up the round a little bit,” he said. “And I did not get off to exactly the best start, being 2 over through three.”
Jordan Spieth Blames ‘Brain Fart’ For Falling Back
Jordan Spieth is blaming a “brain fart” for his nightmare first round finish at The Open, also citing reverting back to the type of golf he is working to move away from.
Spieth, who carded a 72, is confident that be improving his execution, he can successfully defend his title.
“I felt like I was really going well,” Spieth said (h/t ESPN). “I had a nice par save after driving it in the bunker at 6. Other than that, it was very stress-free. I was putting the ball where I needed to, having maybe no more than four feet for par on every hole. It was just a clean round of golf. I’ve done a bit of that this year, just the decision making that’s cost me.
“But the misses toward the end were the exact misses that I’ve been having and I’m working away from. My swing just didn’t quite hold up to the end of my round. Those long irons really hurt me today.”
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