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A bad hole derailed an otherwise excellent Tiger Woods performance in the second round of the 2019 Players Championship.
Woods entered the club with a 71 that left his 36-hole score at three-under par. To finish on Friday on equal points is misleading because its only problem is number 17.
The infamous green island has become a nightmare for Woods. He knocked twice in the water, recovering in time to save a quadruple bogey:
Golf is difficult.
Tiger Woods puts two in the water on No. 17. 💦 https://t.co/xEqCMx04Z0
This hole completely changed Woods' trajectory and added a new chapter to his record book, although he preferred one that did not exist:
The first quadruple bogey of Tiger, or worse, at The Players has arrived on his 1,229th career hole played in the event.
As noted on the PGA Tour, Woods hit the seven fairways in his first nine holes, but was content to make the round tie.
What a cruel game.
Fairways struck on the front nine: 7/7
Score on the top nine: +1 https://t.co/AdTl9rok0u
By ESPN.com Bob Harig, the list of players since 2003 who won a tournament with a quadruple bogey on their dashboard is not very long:
"Tiger Woods will be struggling to defeat the sevenfold bogey 7 that he made at the 17th hole.Winning with a quad on the PGA Tour is pretty rare.The last time this happened was at the Honda Classic 2016 won by Adam Scott before Phil Mickelson won the 2009 Tour Championship and David Toms won the 2003 Wachovia Championship. "
If Woods had been able to go completely to No. 17, he would have finished the day at five below average and would have started the third inning in the top 10.
Woods, who started his round on the ninth day, stormed the door as he had clocked back in 2000. He birdied in three of his first seven holes, in particular by exorcising many demons at n ° 13:
Tiger does tiger things 👀
This is the second time in his career that he has made a birdie at number 13 at THE PLAYERS in consecutive series.
The other case came in the 3rd and 4th rounds in 2000.
And before yesterday, Tiger had played 13 rounds in a row without a birdie on No. 13.
After the quadruple bogey, Woods was able to find his way back to the beginning. The 43-year-old scored two birdies on the top nine to drop his score below the average for the day. He missed an eagle on the No. 7 per inch:
The club twirl gave it. 😍
Almost perfect, @TigerWoods.
The second round was much cleaner for Woods than he did Thursday, but he had a better score in the first round (70). The triple winner of the players' championship was everywhere yesterday, especially on the back nine with five birdies and three bogeys.
On Friday, Woods hit five birdies and No. 17 was his only hole above normal. He hit 88.9 percent of his greens in regulation, a increase 22% in the first round.
There were clear signs of Woods' improvement over the last 24 hours. This is testament to the cruel nature of golf that the results do not show on the scoreboard, but it is heading in the right direction. He showed no lingering effect due to the tense neck that had prompted him not to participate in the Arnold Palmer invitation last week.
Woods still has 36 holes to get back into the race this weekend. He is also trying to keep up with the Masters in just four weeks.