Steve DiMeglio of USA TODAY Sports gives an outlook on the upcoming tournament at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.
Tiger Wood's return to the FedExCup playoffs did not go according to plan.
After scoring two par 71 games on Thursday and Friday in the Northern Trust, the first event of the Gulf's FedExCup playoffs, Tiger narrowly missed the weekend. The last time Tiger took part in the FedExCup playoffs was in 2013.
Dustin Johnson hit the week above the FedExCup rating, closely followed by Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka. Justin Rose and Bubba Watson complete the top five.
Tiger beats at 7:50 am alongside Ian Poulter. Follow his Saturday round with a shot-by-shot analysis.
Hole 17 – Par 5
BOOM! Tiger shattered this ride down the right middle of the fairway. He should be far enough to make this one in two.
Hole 16 – Par 4
Tiger smoked this driver in the middle of the fairway. His approach will surely find the green. He had a little too much pace here and ran about three feet behind the cup. Two-putt par. 2-under 1 (2-under for the tournament)
Hole 15 – Par 3
Tiger goes searching for a pin here and comes to rest 8 feet below the cup. His birdie putt catches the right edge and lips. Another Par. 2 to 15 (2-under for the tournament)
Hole 14 – Par 4
3-wood here for Tiger and it's not great. He leaves this on the left and it only stays in the fairway. Could be worse. From there he finds the green and leaves it 20 feet in front of the cup. He lowers the putt and falls 2-to-14 (2-under for the tournament).
Hole 13 – Par 5
Tigers driver misses the mark. Precisely. He is forced to stand with the ball over his feet in a bunker, and he lies down with an iron. His wedge from the fairway ends about 10 feet behind the cup and to the left. He never gave this a chance. He played it left and it barely moved. Another frustrating two-putt par and a missed chance to score. 1-under 13 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 12 – Par 4
3-wood for Tiger here on the 275-yard mobile par 4. That's too short and takes place the left green bunker. It should not be too difficult to get at least par from there, maybe even birdie. His out rolls within six feet and leaves a birdie putt that has some movement. Like yesterday, his birdie putt never really had a chance and he putted twice for Par. 1-12 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 11 – Par 3
Tigers tee At number 11, the rough is on the left side of the green. He just has holes out of this. It even hit the cup! Just a tip-in-par. 1-under 11 (1-under for the tournament).
Hole 10 – Par 4
This is a driver Tiger is looking at for a while, but it's fine. This finds the left side of the fairway. Tiger looked at it because it was heading for a left fairway bunker, but it came 10 yards from the bunker in the fairway. Tiger hates it. He leaves the club disgusted on the follow-through. He was 218 meters poor, but the ball lands just in front of the green on the left. That's on the fairway, and the pin is right again. That should be a pretty simple 20 yard chip.
Tiger takes putter and that was a good idea. He lies here about 2-3 feet under the cup. Should be a par. Tiger rolls that right in. 1-under 10 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 9 – Par 4
Tiger finally misses with the driver. This is a good deal and ends in the shell. Should be harmless with regard to a look at the green, it all depends on the lie. A pretty good lie and Tiger is able to make a very nice here. This ball lands a little short and to the right of the cup and rolls about 18 feet to the right of the cup. A great shot from over there.
It starts right next to the cup and bends sharply to the left under the hole. This missed a lot, a good 18 inches. Just awful. He does, however, make two puts to par. 1 to under 9 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 8 – Par 4
Another rider in the fairway. This is a beauty on the left side of the fairway. A nice solid, here from TW, which ends 12-15 feet to the left of the cup. A third very good birdie look. It starts to feel familiar yesterday, Tiger gets good birdie looks. Now it will be exactly the same – most do not use? We will see. This could be an important putt. That's just funny. He started at least one ball to the left of the cup and it did not break a centimeter. As I said, just funny. Good speed, but terrible line. This ends inches to the left of the cup and is a two-putt par. 1 to under 8 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 7 – Par 4
A driver and Tiger smokes this in the middle. Amazing how good he is with this club this week, having been totally lost in the last few weeks. It's a bit torn, but that fits in well. This ball lands 15 to 20 feet to the left of the cup, but begins to roll downhill. This ball ends about 10-12 feet left and behind the cup. A good chance for back-to-back birdies.
That was a quick and Tiger became aggressive, but this one is missing and runs about 4 feet after the Cup. He rolls in the comebacker, however. 1-to under 7 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 6 – Par 3
Tiger fires it directly over the flag, and this is a nicer, ending around 12 feet behind the cup. This will be a faster, swinging putt, but a decent birdie look. BOOM! That was not really a big swinger like we thought. Tiger started to look like the left edge and she kept her line well as she barely moved to the right and dropped in the middle. That's the bird he needed. 1-under 6 (1-under for the tournament)
Hole 5 – Par 4
Tiger takes the driver and this is started in the right middle of the fairway. He found out about this club. Of course, the rest of his game has receded this week, but that's golf. That's just OK, this approach of 167 yards comes 30-40 feet short and a bit to the left of the pin. It leaves a birdie putt and another probable two-putt par, but he hopes better here. Oh, that was a good putt, but this swinging left-to-right is just a bit too high. This putt rolls around the left edge and seeps a foot next to it. A touch less speed and that falls in the left side for a birdie. A great punch and a simple par. Up to 5 (Also for the tournament)
Hole 4 – Par 4
Tiger takes fairway wood, which actually seems unwise when he details the driver meets and wow it shows. He hates this swing and drops the club on the follow-through. This is good left and goes well 10 to 15 meters in the raw. Only a bad shot. But if he gets a good lie, he can get away with it.
This lie was not very good, but Tiger looks at it from about 170 yards short of the green on the fairway. That will leave a 20-yard chip in front of the green. No hard ups and downs. By the way, Tiger's drive was only a few yards from a lateral (no water hazard) to reach. That tells you more about how rude his ride was. Tiger did it pretty easy. He plays a fairly simple chip that lands about 15 feet in front of the cup and protrudes to about 2 feet. Pretty much a formality here for Par. Yes, par. A good start in Round 3, but nothing that would take him to the top of the competition. Until 4 (Also for the tournament)
Hole 3 – Par 5
Tiger finds the left side of the fairway here with driver. This big racket continues to work well and he has the chance to split in half with a second shot over 275 meters. Tiger takes out a fairway wood, and that was average at best. This falls to the right and a decent deal is just ahead of the green. That may well be rough and will leave him over a longer pitch. If he's on the right fairway over there, that's very possible. If it is in the raw state, it depends on the lie.
Actually this ball was online and short. It came 20 yards from the hole, leaving Woods a slope from the fairway over a pommel to the hole. He played a low spinner, who actually scared the hole, but darted past about 8 feet before stopping. Not bad, but far from dead. Still, a good early birdie look. Seriously, I do not know what he's doing with the putter. This was left of the hole when he came from the putter face. That not only missed the hole left, it was a good pair of balls to the left of the cup. Only brutal to see. It runs 2 meters and he does par. Even up to 3 (Also for the tournament)
Hole 2 – Par 3
This is just fine. The ball ends about 30 feet to the left and behind the pin. A solid shot, but that continues Tiger's problem having trouble closing his approaches. He approaches this putt, but misses inches. A simple two-putt par. Even by 2 (Also for the tournament)
Hole 1 – Par 4
A 3-wood from the opening tee and this comes a bit left. This rolls into the left rough. This continues a strange trend: Tiger struggles to hit the fairway forest, but the driver finds the short grass. I have not really seen this lie well, but Tiger is getting a bit short on approach. This ball ends about 25 feet in front of the hole in the fairway in front of the green. Should be a simple chip from there. Not very good. This comes to a good 5 to 6 feet short. That starts him with a test par-putt. His work on the greens was a bit mediocre at times this week. Good. Tiger drains this par-putt. A sloppy start, but he avoids a bogey. If he wants to keep the dream of arguing, he really has to avoid it at all costs. Noch 1 (Also for the tournament)