PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Tiger Woods stopped on the ninth green and stared at a nearby standings.
His name would have been on it if there had not been a hole.
Woods hit two balls in the water at the normal 3 with the TPC Sawgrass – his first appearance in 69 innings at the championship The Players Championship – and delivered a quadruple bogey 7 in the second round on Friday. It was his worst score on the island's famous green and equaled his all-time record at the normal 3 in 24 years on the PGA Tour.
Woods bounced back with two birdies forward, leading to a under 71 and leaving him at 3 under 141 for the tournament.
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He was nine strokes behind co-leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy, but had the feeling that he was still within range of the weekend's end.
"All successful, all successful, have a chance to win this golf tournament," said Woods, who was tied for 39th place.
Woods was 5 under and was tied for eighth place, two strokes back at the time, when he approached the signing hole of the course. Thousands of spectators circled the cloudy lagoon and were shocked when Woods' s corner shot at 146 meters strayed a bit to the left, landed at the pin height and went off. is away from the green. He crossed the rough, through a wooden beam and plunged into the water.
"I was a little surprised that it was going so far," said Woods, who bet or birdied all holes Friday. "I took something off that corner and it flew a lot farther than I thought, the other guys read that a bit."
Woods said that he would have recalled his swing had he hit after playing with their partners Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. But he was the first to play.
He headed for the drop zone and quickly hit another in the drink. This time he knocked another corner too flat and too hot. The ball jumped from the green and into the water.
"The two shots, I'm just trying to hit the ball on the slope and start with a distance of 20, 25 feet and move on," Woods said. "I was pretty excited, that's for sure, and I was attached and determined to get everything back and bring it back to (5 under), and I thought it would have been a hell of a battle. return to 3 (under).
"It was always a good fight to get to this point, but at the present time, I'm six back, which is certainly feasible on this golf course, especially with the weather coming in."
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Forecasts point to cooler temperatures and a change in wind direction over the weekend, which could complicate things on the stadium path.
Woods likes the way he has played until now – aside from the one hole.
"I am very happy with the way I've worked around this golf course," he said. "I missed a few chances to go up and down for a birdie.At all in all, I think I have done quite well Apart from 17 today, I really did not get it wrong. could be very close to that lead, there is no way I'm going, but I would be pretty close to that lead given the weekend and the forecast. "
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Woods said his neck pain made him miss last week's Arnold Palmer Invitation and he felt "good".
He had no excuse for what had happened at 17 years old. Woods hit four balls in the water in his last 68 rounds against the Players. He had conceded a double bogey four times, including in the last round in 2018.
"In terms of numbers and clubs, it should not be so difficult," said Woods. "But we all know that if you get to the top, you have a good chance of getting out of here." And that's the trickiest part: it's just a corner and you want to find it somewhere up there where you have a chance to win birdie, but you simply can not afford to reach it too high. "