If youre looking for silver linings, Woods brief game looked decent. He gave himself no possibility to rating but rolled in that monstrous birdie putt and was top 10 on the day in strokes gained around the greens. Those will both be crucial when Woods safeguards at the Masters in November, but without some major improvement from tee to green, Woods wont have any chance of even contending at the last major of the year.
After a month off from competitive golf with plenty of time to hone his game, Tiger Woods might not capitalize on the energy and effort he put into that practice. Woods finished last in the field in strokes acquired off the tee and almost as bad in strokes acquired on method shots (75th of 77). With the scoring average dipping into the 60s on Thursday, Woods did not play like it at all. Woods shot a 1-over 37, which sounds great however he still lost several strokes to the field because of how simple Sherwood– where Woods has five triumphes– played over the very first 18 holes. Those will both be key when Woods defends at the Masters in November, but without some major enhancement from tee to green, Woods will not have any possibility of even contending at the last major of the year.
After a month off from competitive golf with a lot of time to sharpen his video game, Tiger Woods could not profit from the energy and effort he took into that practice. As an outcome, he shot 4-over 76 in Round 1 of the Zozo Championship– where he is the protecting champ– and is currently 12 strokes back of leader Sebastian Munoz. “My games definitely much better than it was at the U.S. Open,” Woods said early in the week. “I feel a little bit more ready, a bit much better, and ideally that equates into playing the golf course.” It did not translate. Woods finished last in the field in strokes gained off the tee and almost as bad in strokes gained on technique shots (75th of 77). Its his worst ball-striking round of the last 6 years. He played the par-5 holes at Sherwood Country Club in 3 over (with a birdie!) and offered himself no shot at scoring at an extremely easy course (by professional golf standards). With the scoring typical dipping into the 60s on Thursday, Woods did not play like it at all. His average birdie effort on his front nine (the back 9 on the golf course) was from 137 feet away. His fastest look on that side was 23 feet. His only birdie came from 87 feet. This is not where you require to be to contend at a small-field occasion like this with the majority of the very best gamers in the world in participation. The back 9 did not get a lot much better. Woods shot a 1-over 37, which sounds great but he still lost several strokes to the field due to the fact that of how easy Sherwood– where Woods has 5 victories– played over the first 18 holes. His 76 was over 6 strokes even worse than the field average.
The quirk here is that Woods really looked actually excellent. Woods beat just one golfer in the field on Thursday in Round 1. Woods will not go back to back at this competition after his win in Japan last fall, he does still have three rounds to prepare for the Masters, which will take place in 3 weeks.