Woods gets game back on track at PGA

Tiger Woods during the final round of the PGA Championship.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Tiger Woods walked off the final hole at the WGC-Bridgestone a week ago a beaten man, having just endured the most embarrassing 18 holes of his professional career. He stood 18 over par, and representing the U.S. at the Ryder Cup was a long way from his mind.

Did he even want to play in it?

“Not playing like this, definitely not, not playing like this,” he said when he finished. “I mean, I wouldn’t help the team if I’m playing like this. No one would help the team if they’re shooting 18-over par.”

Woods didn’t hit it great at Whistling Straits for the 92nd PGA, but his game sure seemed a lot better than it was a week ago. At least he got the putter going a little (though it was cold on Saturday) and he found a way to hang around. He briefly made the big leaderboard at the PGA at 5 under Sunday before falling back. He made four birdies in his first eight holes, but was undone by three bogeys and a double, shooting 73 to finish at 2-under 286. For the week, he hit only nine of 28 fairways (32 percent) and 42 of 72 greens in regulation (58 percent). The most putts he had in any one round was 29, and he had only two three-putts (both on Sunday). He drove it poorly, was pleased with the way he was hitting his irons, and managed so shoot under par over four rounds at a major.

Before he headed out of the PGA, he was asked if he was in better shape to help the U.S. Ryder Cup hopes in Wales. Woods joked, “I think I got a better chance of maybe helping out in singles. Save me (until) singles.”

He then added, “No, I mean, I feel like my game was a lot better than it was obviously last week, and given a little time it’s starting to head in the right direction now, which is good.

“And I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully Corey (Pavin) will pick me on the team.”

Gee, you think? I think we can pencil him in.

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