“, I’m the Masters champion at 43 years outdated, and that’s a fairly good accomplishment,” Woods stated.
In some methods, his 5-over 145 and lack of juice from the get-go simply additional illustrated how particular the 2019 Masters was and all the time will probably be. The second was so massive that, in hindsight, it was unreasonable to suppose Woods may stand up for one more main so quickly after it ended.
Woods hit simply Three of 14 fairways in Spherical 2 and nonetheless had an opportunity to make the reduce on the final gap. He lastly put himself in a great place off the tee, leaving simply 113 yards for a possible birdie to get again to Four over and safe a Saturday tee time.
It was virtually unfathomable to suppose he wouldn’t make birdie from that spot with a sand wedge in his arms. That’s simply what Woods does when he’s in peril of lacking the reduce. A mere par appeared laughable.
Then Woods got here out of his swing and missed properly wanting the inexperienced and reminded us that there aren’t any certainties in life or golf.
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He chipped it to five toes for a closing par and trudged up a crosswalk towards the scoring space.
Brooks Koepka was proper behind him having simply set a brand new 36-hole main scoring document, however the followers have been nonetheless chanting Woods’ identify.
“, I’ve so loved being the Masters champion once more and the PGA was a fast turnaround, and sadly I simply didn’t play properly,” Woods stated. “I didn’t do all of the little issues I have to do appropriately to publish good scores and put myself in place to shoot good scores.”
Woods smiled typically all through a six-minute media session, greater than normal after per week like this. Identical goes for caddie Joe LaCava forward of an surprising Friday night time drive again to his dwelling in Connecticut.
There was apparent disappointment as a result of these guys are true opponents and didn’t come right here to birdwatch. It was additionally uncommon territory, Woods’ first missed reduce for the reason that 2018 U.S. Open and ninth all-time at a significant. It was additionally the primary time he’s ever missed the reduce at a significant after profitable the one which proceeded it.
The underside line is that this course calls for precision off the tee and Woods simply didn’t have it.
“It wasn’t like he drove it everywhere in the map, however miss the green by six or eight toes and also you’re in hassle right here,” LaCava stated. “It wasn’t like we drove it terrible. So I’m not anxious about that. Each time the subsequent event is, if we obtained to (the Memorial) we’ll be advantageous there and we’ll be advantageous at (the U.S. Open) at Pebble.”
Koepka, in the meantime, drove the ball wherever he needed to. Launched it excessive and straight off the tee to arrange a golf course all his personal. This is among the longest, most troublesome, main venues within the nation, and Koepka regarded like he was taking part in a apply spherical on the John Deere Basic.
Whereas Woods opened with a double bogey on the par-4 10th gap Thursday, Koepka dropped a 40-footer for birdie and hasn’t slowed down. He holds a seven-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott and his 128 complete is the bottom 36-hole rating in main championship historical past.
“He’s obtained 9 irons when most of us are hitting 5 irons and Four irons, and he’s placing properly,” Woods stated. “That provides as much as a fairly substantial lead, and if he retains doing what he’s doing there’s no cause why he can’t construct on this lead … , relative to the sphere, I used to be about that lengthy early in my profession.”
Woods doesn’t have that distance benefit anymore, however he’s nonetheless one of the best irons participant on Tour. He simply didn’t give himself sufficient probabilities to indicate that this week and spent an excessive amount of time in Bethpage Black’s unforgivable tough.
Woods noticed the entire course final week and performed 9 apply holes Monday, however that was the final of his on-course prep. He wasn’t feeling nice and determined he’d fairly relaxation than pressure the difficulty, although he didn’t suppose that was the explanation for the early exit.
“I simply made too many errors and simply didn’t do the little issues I have to do,” Woods stated. “, I had a pair three-putts. I didn’t hit any fairways in the present day. Did a number of little issues improper.”
It was solely Woods’ 19th missed reduce on Tour as an expert. For comparability’s sake, Koepka already has 18. However he was 17 pictures higher than Woods in Rounds 1 & 2 and properly on his strategy to main No. 4.
Woods was on his manner again dwelling nonetheless recent off main No. 15. He didn’t appear too discouraged. Matching the bodily and emotional peaks he achieved at Augusta will all the time be a tall order. He wasn’t up for it at Bethpage, however the finish consequence may assist push him again in that route.
“I wouldn’t think about it a setback, however actually irritating and disappointing,” LaCava stated. “… I feel if something he may work even more durable now.”