It all comes down to the putter.
Tiger Woods struggled mightily on the greens during a second-round 2-over 72 at TPC Harding Park at the PGA Championship. He took 31 putts, and the longest one he holed was 10 feet for a birdie on No. 10.
“They looked faster than what they were putting,” Woods said after Friday’s round.
Aside from that, Woods has looked confident in his swing and in his game. He’ll start the third round at even par, eight shots off Haotong Li’s lead, and with his work cut out for him on the weekend.
We’re tracking his round, shot by shot, so keep up below.
No. 8 – Par 3
Difficult par 3 coming up here (to the tune of third-toughest this week) but Tiger puts his tee shot on the green, inside of Keith Mitchell.
Tiger didn’t even sniff the hole with that first putt, and clearly speed is still an issue. The par doesn’t fall either, and his first bogey of the day will come off of a three-putt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 8 (1 over overall)
No. 7 – Par 4
Tiger needed to take advantage of this driveable par 5, but he pushed his drive way right (the mic picked up a few Tiger expletives there, for anyone curious how he felt about it).
Tiger was so short-sided on the right side of the green, and in deep rough, that he didn’t have many options. He pitched it up to the middle of the green.
At this point, Tiger is literally pleading for the putts to fall. That 35-footer for birdie very well could have gone, but it slid right past the left side of the hole as Tiger clasped his hands together in prayer. Another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 7 (Even overall)
No. 6 – Par 4
That drive sailed right, despite a little jump out of Tiger as soon as it was airborne. By all accounts, the lie in the rough is good. Still looks like Tiger had to really go down after that one, but he’s successful and he gets it onto the front of the green. Birdie putt to a front pin coming up.
That was perhaps a longer birdie putt than we were expecting. Tiger leaves it well short, but it was long. The par putt is good.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 6 (Even overall)
No. 5 – Par 4
That drive gets the stare-down from Tiger as it sails right to the base of a very thick cypress tree. This could be difficult, stay tuned.
Forward movement! Looks like that bump ahead into the fairway short of the green was about all we could have hoped for, folks.
Tiger bumps his third shot, a low, running chip up the green, and leaves five feet for par. He makes it.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 5 (Even overall)
No. 4 – Par 5
Tiger pulls driver, and just after the swing we get a barely audible, “Like it.” He likes it, we like it. Directly down the middle. He needs something to happen on this first par 5.
Well it’s not going to happen off that shot. Tiger appeared to be trying to send it up the right side, but he flared it out way right toward the scoreboard.
The pitch runs through the green and just onto the fringe on the far side of the hole. Tiger’s speed with the putter coming back is respectable but it’s just a bit too far right. Bummer, another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 4 (Even overall)
No. 3 – Par 3
Pin high, good. Clearly Tiger liked that one, and he should. Another opportunity coming.
It’s high, and high all the way. But the par putt is good.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (Even overall)
No. 2 – Par 4
Tiger’s drive at the second is perfect. Rides right up the left side of the fairway. Despite a groan there out of Tiger, the approach is very workable. It’s directly at the hole, on the right side of the green. Another birdie look.
Well, the speed continues to be an issue. That one was well short, but he walks away with par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (Even overall)
No. 1 – Par 4
Not an ideal start. Tiger pulls it left, signaling to the spotters with an out-stretched arm, and it bounces outside the ropes.
After a short conversation with caddie Joe LaCava, Tiger hit a smooth approach but stayed on the front of the green – no bounce. He’s clearly disappointed with that placement.
Very. Good. Effort. Tiger. He runs the birdie putt right up next to the hole, a casual tap-in for par. He’s already looking looser on the greens than he did at any point on Friday.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (Even overall)
Tiger has arrived. Check out some practice-range action.