SportsPulse: USA Today Sport Steve DiMeglio discusses the potential head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are currently planning.
Tiger Woods returns from one of his worst weeks in his career and needed 120 putts on his way to 40th place in the Northern Trust, the first FedExCup event
He needed 35 putts in the second round – the most he had since the first round of the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. Woods said the main culprit on the greens was his inability to see the putts' lines, and no matter what he did, he could not solve the problem.
Woods, who is in 26th place in the world after being 1.199. December 2017, fell five places in the FedExCup rating, fell from the 20th to 25th. He beats today at 8:51 ET.
Woods said he has not done much with his golfing at his home in Florida leading to the launch of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston today. Woods has not participated in the tournament since finishing 65th in 2013. In 2006 he won the tournament, in 2004 and 2007 he was overtaken by Phil Mickelson, who finished third in 2012.
"I know they made some changes since last time," Woods said Thursday. "I'm really looking forward to going out, I know I've played really well on this golf course over the years, hopefully it will be one of those weeks again, in general (the course) depends on a guy who does it And that's pretty much what I've been doing all my golfing career, especially if this golf course gets tough and the greens get tough, then the High Ball Hitter have an edge. "
" And that was one of my hallmarks during my career . "
This is Tigers 16th start in 2018, which is the most he has done in a year since 2013. If he plays in the BMW Championship in Philadelphia next week – he is bound to play – it will be the Doing the most starts since 19 in 2012.
Woods, the only player to win the FedExCup twice – in 2007 and 2009 – starts the week with 2,405 points behind Bryson DeChambeau, who finished last week with his victory in the Northern Trust he leadership took over.
World's best Dustin Johnson finishes second to defend Dell Champion and FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas is third.
The temperature when Tiger settled was 68 degrees with little wind.
Tiger has a new putter in his pocket – the third he uses this year. His most famous putter, the Scotty Cameron Newport II, with whom he won 13 of his 14 majors, was in his pocket until he got the Quicken Loans, where he switched to a TaylorMade TP Ardmore 3 Mallet putter. Now he has a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Juno, a heel-to-toe blade putter similar to Scotty Cameron.
Hole 10, 434 yards, par 4
Hello, buddy. A familiar face greets Tiger Woods on the 10th tee – Australian Marc Leishman. The two were in the same group seven times this year. They played the first two rounds together at the Masters, with Tiger Shooting 73-75 and Leishman Signing for 70-67. They were grouped back into the Quicken Loans National, where Tiger shot 70-65 and Leishman 67-67. Then Tiger 73 and Leishman 67 shot when they were grouped in the first round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. And last week, the pair were grouped in the first two rounds of the Northern Trust, with Tiger shooting 71-71 and Leishman 73-69. This means that Leishman has a 5-2 lead in head-to-head combinations with Tiger.
Not a good start. Tiger steps on the ball, realizes that he has the wrong fairway metal in his hands, steps back, goes back to the bag, and gets another fairway metal. Then he hits his tee in the tall grass.
Tiger has to take a drop. Hit three of about 160 yards.
The good news? The first putt in competition with his new putter goes into the round. The bad news? The 6-footer saved Bogey when Tiger gets a sloppy start. A confusion over the tea had him with the wrong metal club in the hands. After a change, he hit his first shot in a danger, was forced to take a drop, was long with his approach and hit 6 feet. 1-over to 1
Hole 11, 196 Yards, Par 3
A massive 6-iron comes to rest 35 feet above the hole. The putt looks good … looks good … looks good … and then ouch, a hard lip out. Taps for Par. 1-over-2
Hole 12, 516 yards, par 4
Tiger divides fairway 300 Yard Drive, finds green with solid iron, has 37 feet for birdie. Beat another solid putt but just miss. Everything has looked good so far – except for the first tee. 1-over through 3
Hole 13, 455 yards, par 4
Beautiful, light swing with the driver finds the fairway. Last week, Tiger switched to an old manhole for the driver and tweaked the loft of the face. It has become a weapon again. But from 180, with a 6-iron, he pulls his approach into a difficult lie in the green bunker. His second bad move of the day (see opening tee). With one leg anchored in the bunker and the other in front of the sand trap, he walks across the green in heavy rough. Chips 5 feet behind the hole and his new putter rescued Bogey once again. 2-up to 4
Leader: Chris Kirk, Keegan Bradley and Kevin Na are co-leaders at 2-under very early on.