PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods did not have the desired results in the Players Championship, but he left the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course and felt good about his game, especially regarding the Masters next month.
"It's on the right path," Woods said after scoring his first round of the tournament in the 1960s, a 3-under 69 parade. "I have the feeling that I can make the ball in both directions, I need that [at Augusta National] I just need a few putts, but that's about it."
Woods saw an improvement even on the greens at the players, where he had no 3. Putts – after consecutive tournaments with six tournaments each – and on Sunday only 26 putts.
But he was also unusually average with his iron game, where he ranked first with played strokes, approached the green and tee off on green After a surprisingly good week of driving he reached fourth place in this category. Tiger Woods says taking the last week off was the right move, and he feels like he's in a good place as he prepares for the champions. Tannen Maury / EPA
Woods finished 28th at 282, 6 under par and draws.
"I'm excited how I drove it," he said. "I rode the ball well this week, I did not ride that long last weekend with a bit cooler temperatures, but I drove it pretty straight and I was able to shape the golf ball in both directions with all three of my species, Woods, that was nice too
Woods brought three of his first seven holes to the front to shoot 33, then stopped at the back with a single birdie and his only bogey on the 1
In general, a proper tournament for Woods was the came in eleventh here last year, but came out of a missed tournament a week ago due to a neck strain.
"I needed that," Woods said about free time. "I had to organize that, and when I told you weekend I said, if my back gets tight, it will go up the chain, so I had to start from scratch and move my lower back properly. Get everything well, and then everything will take care of itself.
Although Woods had missed a tournament he had won eight times, the free week was probably the best, he said.
"It was the right decision Bear in mind that I have April just around the corner" He said, "I wanted to make sure that I'd arrange to come in for a week where you could do a couple of punches, where you have to stand on your head and hit some weird hits, and the way I do felt in Mexico, that would have been great order for me. "
Yet, Woods was the worst start of four tournament games this year, having risen to 20th at the Farmers Insurance Open, 15th at the Genesis Open, and 10th at the Genesis Open and 10th won the WGC Mexico Championship, and what he did best at the top was eight strokes on the winner JB Holmes at Riviera.
This was Woods's last stroke event before the Masters, his next start will be in the WGC-Dell Match Play in two weeks – a tournament he has won three times, but one not played since 2013. He also did not attend the Austin Country Club, where he has been playing since 2016.