A day after he was seething on the par-3 17th after making a quadruple-bogey 7 by dunking two balls into the water surrounding the inexperienced, Woods was laughing on the quick however scary gap in Saturday’s third spherical of The Gamers Championship.
Making a deuce from inside Three toes improves the temper in a rush, as Woods used a wedge to arrange his kick-in birdie. And it helps to have a humorous sidekick available, and Kevin Na stuffed that position to a tee.
Wooden and Na weren’t precisely Martin and Lewis, or Abbott and Costello, however they made the 1000’s of onlookers and even themselves bust a intestine with their little routine. Na was the instigator, as he confronted a putt for birdie inside 5 toes. Earlier than the ball obtained to the opening, Na had already taken an enormous step ahead and was transferring to choose it up. The ball barely hit the underside of the cup earlier than Na’s fingers snatched it out.
Woods busted out laughing. Moments later, he did the identical factor.
“He nearly picked the ball out of the opening earlier than it even obtained there,” Woods stated. “And I had just about a kick-in, so I attempted to emulate him as greatest I presumably may, in the meantime nonetheless making an attempt to make the putt. I believed I’ll have a bit enjoyable with it, however I had to ensure I hit it on line first after which I did no matter I did.”
The comical alternate was the spotlight of a spherical filled with struggles for Woods, who posted an even-par 72 and by no means made a cost on the leaders. When he signed his scorecard, Woods stood 9 photographs out of the lead.
As soon as once more, Woods obtained off to a gradual begin. Along with his putter as boring as the grey skies, Woods didn’t make a birdie till the 12th gap. Bogeys on the second and third holes set him again and one other on the eighth basically ended his probabilities of successful. As a substitute, he needed to begin fascinated about making the secondary minimize.
Woods couldn’t change his mojo as putts for birdie on the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth holes both burned an edge or lipped out. He barely missed once more on the 14th, as properly.
A two-putt birdie on the 12th, the place he drove the inexperienced of the quick par-4, put some pep in his step. A stable birdie on the 16th was the precursor to the shenanigans on the 17th, and Woods closed with a par.
“I simply struggled with the inexperienced speeds being a lot slower,” Woods stated. “I used to be a bit bit stunned they had been that gradual. I most likely made the error of placing yesterday afternoon a bit bit, they had been dry, crusty and fast. Got here out this morning and we had been stunned at how gradual they had been on the placing inexperienced.
“So, we thought, properly, they is perhaps a bit quicker on the golf course, perhaps throw a bit SubAir on them on the market, however they didn’t try this. They had been gradual, grain was affecting it a bit bit extra and I struggled hitting the putts laborious sufficient.”
For the ultimate spherical Woods received’t be paired with Na, who missed the secondary minimize after taking pictures 78. Whereas Woods would possibly Share a couple of laughs with whoever he’s paired with, he’ll think about getting as a lot as he can out of the spherical.
“Simply attempt to shoot one thing beneath par and transfer up just a bit bit,” Woods stated. “I fought laborious on the again 9 and simply want I used to be in a position to put that very same rating on the entrance 9 I’d have gotten myself close to that lead. I’ll simply preserve preventing.”