Woods struggles as bogeys slow his comeback

PGA: Hero World Challenge  - Third Round
December 2, 2017; New Providence, The Bahamas; Tiger Woods reacts after his shot from the rough on the seventh hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

December 3, 2017

(Reuters) – A troublesome start dominated by bogeys proved costly for Tiger Woods as he struggled to a three-over par 75 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday.

After two strong rounds put the former world number one in contention for his first win since 2013, Woods recorded four of his five bogeys in the first seven holes to slip to 10th at four-under 212, 10 strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman.

Woods, in his first tournament in nearly 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested.

“Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot, then everything I did wrong, it was really bad,” Woods told NBC television.

“I’ve got to keep fighting and that is one thing I have always done in my entire career. That’s keep fighting and try and post the best number I possibly could.

“I really didn’t feel I was that far off. That’s the crazy part … I just ended up in bad spots after good shots.”

Only in the closing five holes, where Woods twice had birdies and narrowly missed a third at the last, did the 41-year-old show he could again be a factor at the elite 18-man event that features eight of the world’s top 10.

“It feels good to be out here fighting again,” he said. “I’ve missed the fight and getting out there and competing, fighting against the golf course and the guys.

“It’s so much fun.”

Breezy conditions made sub-par rounds difficult at the Albany course with overnight leader Hoffman one of the few to deliver, surging to a five-stroke lead after a birdie at 18 for a two-under 70 and a 202 total.

Jordan Spieth (72) and England’s Justin Rose (71) were tied for second at nine-under 207, one stroke ahead of Italy’s Francesco Molinari (71).

The troubles for Woods started early on Saturday as he took bogeys at the first and third holes before further miscues at six and seven saw him post a four-over 40 for the front nine.

That contrasted sharply with Friday when he took nine shots less to finish the front nine.

“The shot that really threw me for a loop was the shot at three,” Woods said. “I hit the most beautiful three wood that went 300 yards in the wind.”

But he wound up with a bogey.

Woods finally picked up a shot at the 14th, doffing his hat to the crowd in relief, before carding another birdie at the par-three 17th.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “It took me 14 holes to make a birdie. At that time I had already played four par-fives and nothing happened.”

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Christian Radnedge/Peter Rutherford)

  • ginjit.dw

    If woods plays a enough competitive rounds this season, without injury, he will dominate by FedEx time. There is no one more mentally tough than him. All professional golfers will benefit from a resurgent tiger.

  • Robert Adams

    Even Lindsey Vonn crashed at the finish line.

  • Robert Adams

    Comeback – guess again.

  • JohnGalt11

    ‘…said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested.’
    Oh, yeah, we’ve all heard that before. Always fo…from LOSERS.
    A whole article on a LOSER with barely a mention of the better gofers out there playing better and NOT cursing and fuming (again!). Tell us about Hoffman! Tell us about Spieth. Tell us about Rose – you know, those guys who PLAY THE GAME better than Tiger Woods and have the comportment of gentlemen and not street-corner jive-dancers.
    Poor Mr. Woods is just not a good person and the thrill running up the network’s (and thus the ‘announcers’) legs is simply a chance to again make big bucks on a very flawed man.

  • Harold Swift

    He screwed himself our of a horrendous success streak. His old man and mom would be heartbroken and disgusted. His is a sad story for sure.

  • fatboy46

    That’s golf…

  • DeJuan Chan

    Sounds like a Typical Spoiled Liberal Loser !

    • escaped to Alaska

      Except he hangs with Trump.

  • Angrygenxr

    Go back to hookers Tiger…..

  • mike

    poor tiger he was leading the tournament -9 making the turn on Friday and all the talking heads were effervescing like alka seltzer of how wonderful it is to have him back , then he started cursing after a missed birdie and more mumblinngs when the bogey happened, so where will tigger finish ? he wont make the to 10 in a field of 18 and he this will prove he is not ready for a comeback

  • ginjit.dw

    He needs his caddy back…steve williams….

    • RedPillPlease

      Williams said he’s finished with caddying full time and only teams up with Adam Scott on big tournaments. There were too many words exchanged between him and Tiger for them to get back together, especially considering Williams is getting ready to retire.

  • RedPillPlease

    Bad day for Tiger playing in high winds though everyone struggled today. He got off to a rough start with his approach shots and play on and around the greens but the green speeds were fooling all golfers. The take away is that his tee shots were up to speed with several 180 mph plus ball speed and more importantly, pain free! He is still 4 shots better than the world’s number one ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson and 1 up on the PGA Championship and FedEx Cup winner, Justin Thomas. I can’t be too critical of Tiger’s play being it’s been 10 months since his last competitive round and playing in pain. It just takes time to get back at the top of your game. Just one bad round out of three with 18 more holes left tomorrow.

  • taxpayer22

    Steroids have side effects.

  • UNOWHO

    He looks in playing shape, but needs to get into tournament playing (mental & short game, under stress) shape. Expecting too much too soon?

    • DeJuan Chan

      He looks like a Bloated pig !

      • UNOWHO

        I agree his face has that medication puffiness, but that does not detract from his game. I’ll bet your physique or ball speed could or never would match match his!