Woods still missing extra gear on Sundays

POTOMAC, Md. – There was just enough sweat dripping from the brim of his hat to blur the iconic “TW” logo.

There was a metaphor there somewhere, a once unparalleled athlete conjuring the ghosts of greatness and his competitive identity moving slowly back into focus.

On the roadmap back to relevance, the Quicken Loans National was a delightful detour for Tiger Woods, filled with equal parts promise and purpose.

Although he won’t win a silver putter award for his performance on TPC Potomac’s greens, his dramatic switch to a mallet-headed putter was a qualified success and his ball-striking, which hasn’t been an issue for months, remains something close to vintage.

“I've hit the ball well in this stretch, I just haven't made anything,” said Woods, who closed with a 66 to finish 10 strokes behind his Italian nemesis Francesco Molinari. “I'm starting to hit some putts, I'm starting to make those putts you're supposed to make from 10, 15 feet, but I'm also making some from outside 20.”

Woods had never played TPC Potomac during a tournament, and will likely never play it again, but one of the PGA Tour’s sneaky-hard tests was probably just what he needed heading into the year’s final two majors.

For the week, he ranked 13th in strokes gained: tee-to-green and seventh in greens in regulation. There were moments throughout a sweltering week when it was as if the highlight reel had been turned back to the mid-2000s and not a hole location was safe.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 02 Jul 2018 09:39:59

 



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