Jun 27, 2014; Bethesda, MD, USA; Tiger Woods shakes Jordan Speiths hand on the 18th green during the second round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club - Blue Course. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods Optimistic In Missed Cut At Congressional

If you don’t think that the popularity of Tiger Woods still drives PGA Tour golf , you obviously didn’t watch The Golf Channel coverage of second round play at The Quicken Loans National on Friday afternoon. They occasionally showed us good shots from around Congressional Country Club, but the majority of the coverage centered around a group that finished at 14 over par and included the former number one player in the world.

Out of the featured group, only 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Jordan Spieth was able to ride his putter into the weekend. Jason Day, who says he is healthy after missing events due to a sore thumb, needed a birdie at 17, but made a bogey and will sit out the weekend with Tiger Woods.

Tiger is starting to sound a lot like Phil Mickelson. After shooting two of poorest rounds of his career, remained positive about his golf game, and contends that he is not that far away from being able to play competitive golf again.

“Even though I missed the cut by four shots; the fact that I was able to even play,” he said. “I came back four weeks earlier than we thought I could. I had no setbacks. I got my feel for playing tournament golf.

“I made a ton of little, simple little mistakes, misjudging things and missing the ball on the wrong sides and just didn’t get up-and-down on little simple shots. Those are the little things I can correct, which is nice.”

Woods only hit 16 of 28 fairways in the two rounds. He missed 16 greens over 36 holes, eight each day, and used a total of 61 putts, including 30 on Friday.

It is uncertain whether Tiger will play another event prior to the Open Championship, but the opinion around the media is he really needs to get the tournament rust off of his game before he travels to Hoylake next month where the best players in the world will be waiting for him.

The good news is, Tiger showed no signs of pain during his 36-hole rehab at Congressional, and sounds like a guy who is ready to get back in the saddle. We’ll see!

The crowds at Congressional on Friday were huge, and took on a weekend feel. Most of them there to see what Tiger would do after his three-month layoff due to microdiscectomy surgery back in March. I think the crowds, and Tiger’s sloppy play may have affected playing partners, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

It was apparent that they may have got caught up in Tiger’s game, and didn’t take care of business. The 20 year-old Spieth was all over the golf course as well, but a bunch of one-putts bailed him out, and he will play the weekend.

We will get a chance on Saturday to see how he fares now that he is free from the featured group.

Lost in the Tiger Woods story is the great golf being played by the leaders in this tournament. There is a log-jam at the top of the leaderboard led by a couple of Aussies, and two US Open Champs a couple of strokes back.

Marc Leishman, Oliver Goss, Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed are all tied up and will tee it up on Saturday with a piece of the 36-hole lead at six under par.

2013 US Open winner, Justin Rose is three back, and two-time US Open Champ, Retief Goosen is four back.

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Source: PGATour.com

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  • Levoy Hemphill

    Bravo Tiger is back now I can watch golf again only one on Tour that makes it worth watching. So guess the next viewing for me the Open Championship.

    • http://twitter.com/Spin_47 Les Bailey

      It sounds like you’re a Tiger fan, and not really a golf fan.

      • Levoy Hemphill

        Yep, about sums it up. I want to see him healthy and hopefully that will lead to seeing him dominate once again. When he is right, Tiger gives that wow factor more consistently than any golfer, I’ve seen. It is that wow factor that got me watching golf in the first place.

  • http://www.progolfnow.com Eddie Garrison

    I agree in part with Levoy on Woods bringing non-typical golf fans to the game because of the “wow factor” of course. However, you can look at that two fold. One, he brought an entirely new group of fans to the sport when he was at his best. Two, he drives fans away when he is not playing or in contention.

    Take from that what you will, just my opinion on what Woods has done for golf. Now that he is not his former (dominant) self as he gets older and his body is showing signs of that form … Many “fans” will once again move away from the sport.

    What I hope happens is that those fans will tune in to see Woods, see the great young players in the game now and find a new reason to become a golf fan all over again.

    • Levoy Hemphill

      Even with Tiger aging, if he gets hot at the Majors instead of some of the others he plays he could still pass Jack, but even if he doesn’t if he can win I think it is one more US Open, he becomes the first golfer to accomplish a Triple career Grandslam. But I see you point, it is just so many of the current younger golfers play so conservatively. It wins but not as spectacularly as Tiger. Sort of reminds me of the down turn the NBA suffered after Jordon retired.

      • http://www.progolfnow.com Eddie Garrison

        I believe if Woods was to win another major it would be an Open Championship actually. With the state of his game, even before the surgery, it was his driving that was hurting him. An Open would be more forgiving off the tee plus, he would most likely hit less than driver 75% of the time.

        At a U.S. Open, if he goes wild with the driver he’s done in that (usually) deep,thick rough. Tough on even a young mans back for a solid week, not to mention a nearing 40 (38 years old) rebuilt back.

        Now don’t get me wrong, several players passed 40 years of age have won a U.S. Open, true. I believe the amount of pressure and torque Woods has put on his back all these years may have finally caught up to him. Now on a surgically repaired back, it cuts the time severely I would think.

        His putter at times has been spotty as well. That favors an Open Championship as those greens are typically slower on the stint meter than any other major due to win and other conditions.

        A win is a win … It doesn’t matter how you do it in my book. No one remembers who finished second to Secretariat when he won the Triple Crown (the horse’s name was Shame) Though he broke the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes records as well. He just happened to do it on a day that another horse was just a bit faster. Which would be considered “spectacular” to any horseman. But…Shame did not win.