Tiger Woods got in the back door at The Honda Classic, and will get a chance to play on Saturday. He will face the same problem that he did at The Farmers earlier in the year when he missed the secondary cut. 79 players made the cut at PGA National, but only the top 70 and ties will play on Sunday. Tiger will need to make some birdies if he wants to advance.
Birdies have been hard to come by for the world’s number one player. His struggles in the 2014 season continue, ans he is having trouble getting on greens, and his putter is a mess. He appears lost, and doesn’t have a clue.
In 2013, Tiger Woods struggled with his driver, but his laser guided wedge game put him into position on the greens where he could score. It appears at this time, nothing about his golf game is working. He seemed to have it for while when he went to Dubai earlier in the year, but it disappeared in the third round, and has never returned.
Tiger is on the course at PGA National at this writing, and has made three birdies and one bogey, and is currently -2 under par. He will need to take his game through the Bear Trap before we can relax however. Tiger has played the back nine in one-under par this week, it’s the front nine that has eaten his lunch.
Woods hit only two greens on the back nine on Friday, and made one chip-in birdie at 13. He doesn’t look comfortable with any aspect of his game.
“It was a grind, there’s no doubt about it,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit it very good. Just one of those days where I fought out a number, which was good.”
Tiger Woods is a perpetual grinder, and never gives up. I think anyone else playing the caliber of golf that Woods is playing at this time would not have made the cut. Woods has never won a tournament on this golf course, and has never won the Honda Classic. He will be on familiar ground next week at Doral, and hey…Bay Hill is just around the corner.
With his success at these venues, maybe the World’s number one player can find his game in Florida, and be ready when he gets to Augusta next month. He still has a point and a half advantage in the World Rankings over number two, Adam Scott, and number three, Henrik Stenson. Stenson has had a horrible spring, and Scott is just returning from a prolonged vacation. So we’ll see how it plays out over the next couple months.
One thing for sure, is Tiger needs to find some solutions soon.
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