March 17, 2019

Tiger Gets Frustrated When Putts Don’t Fall, But All is Not Lost at Players

Steve DiMeglio author for Golfweek

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods bounced out of his courtesy car in good spirits Monday, the sun at his troublesome back, some hop in his step.

The pain in his neck that forced a withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational a week earlier was gone. Ahead was The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event, the next step in his journey to Magnolia Lane and the Masters.

His mood was a tad different as he left the premises on a cloudy Sunday.

Not that Woods was demoralized. Far from it. But he was left with thinking about what could have been, frustrated the results didn’t match his play, dejected by an uncooperative putter – despite having zero three-putts over the 72 holes – and disappointed that he hit the first page of the leaderboard just once.

He closed on his best note – a 3-under-par 69 – and with his previous rounds of 70-71-72, he finished at 6 under and well behind the leaders. His chances of winning basically ended in the second round when he dunked two balls into the water on the par-3 17th, the island green that is the course’s signature hole…

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