From Tiger and Trump, to slow play and long drives, here’s what Tour pros say when they stop being reserved and start getting real.
On a sweltering hot day, Tiger Woods’s new mallet-style putter heated up with the mercury en route to making seven birdies and a five-under 65, which tied for his lowest score this season.
Woods, who benched his beloved Newport 2 GSS putter in favor of a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3 and settled for an even-par 70. He took 29 putts, ranked 92nd of 120 players in Strokes Gained: putting, and didn’t make a birdie until his 13th hole of the day.
Let’s face it: Tiger Woods is in a putting slump. Even late on Wednesday he was tinkering with a few different models on the putting green of TPC Potomac. What will he use on Thursday? And will it right the ship? We’ll find out soon enough.
Don’t like Scott McCarron’s putting technique? Go ahead and whine. In this Champions Tour player’s eyes, who just notched his fourth win in the last year, he’s legal. He says it’s time to listen up.
The punishment for reselling Masters tickets is harsh, and last year the tournament added a creative new defense to nab offenders.
It’s no longer good enough to say you were there when Woods chipped in at 9 on Saturday or holed a 43-foot birdie putt at 17 on Sunday; you need to be able to post it to social media.
Three weeks ago, Woods was talking about needing “reps.” Now, he is in contention to win for the first time since 2013 and just 11 months after undergoing surgery to fuse his back.
Woods, in just his 12th round of his latest comeback, fired a three-under 68 at Innisbrook Resort’s demanding Copperhead Course and shared the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 140.
It was Watson’s 10th PGA Tour title but his first since he won here in 2016. It has been a tumultuous two years for Watson, who dealt with an undisclosed illness, various family issues. “It was the lowest point I’ve ever been at in the game,” he said.