Tiger Woods started off well at the BMW Championship. The same can’t be said about how he finished the event.
It looked like it was going to be a good start to the tournament for Tiger Woods at the BMW Championship. Scoring was at an intense premium, as only three players even finished below par for the day.
The first mayhap of the day came on his second hole. He bombed it off the tee but ran into the rough on the right side of the fairway. With the rough so thick, he was unable to get the ball to bite at all, and ran it well off the back of the green. He then messed up his chip and was looking to chip it in for par.
It was a nice second chip but would be a bit short, and a two-foot tap-in would find it’s way home for bogey.
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Facing a near thirty-foot putt on his fifth hole of the day, we finally saw Tiger make a long putt to score, and he would be back at even for the day. Scoring was difficult for everyone, so anytime he could find a look at birdie, he would need to capitalize, which he did here.
Unfortunately, one of the worst phrases a golfer can hear showed up on the par 3 just two holes later.
Tiger would miss a five-footer for par, and tap in for bogey to fall back to one over on the day.
A great wedge by Tiger on his 11th hole would settle just seven feet away, and he would knock it home for birdie, getting back to even, where he would sit for quite a while.
Heading to the 16th tee, Tiger was still even on the day. He had been up to a T-8th place at one point while at even, and a strong finish, or even a finish of even, would put him in a great place.
Golf can be a fickle game though.
A poor chip from just off the green was followed by a two-putt from ten feet on his 16th hole. +1.
A great 55 footer would roll to four feet on the par 3. Alas, he couldn’t make the four-footer. +2.
The putter would fail him again to finish the day, missing a ten-footer for par. +3.
Three straight bogeys to finish the day. OOF. It would drop him from top ten down into the 30’s, and Tiger is now six strokes back of the leader. The bright side is that 4th place is even, so he is only a few strokes away from jumping right back into contention.
It doesn’t look like scoring is going to be any easier as the week goes on, at least for the second round on Friday.
For Tiger Woods to get back into it, he is going to need to get the putter rolling. For the aging GOAT with back concerns, it’s going to become something you hear about constantly.