Woods struggles with putting at St. Andrews
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ new Nike putter hasn’t been hurled into the Firth of Tay yet, but it soon might be.
British Open (Rd. 3)
Players battled the Old Course at St. Andrews under beautiful weather in Round 3 of the British Open.
On a day when he was “driving it beautifully,” Woods took 35 putts around the Old Course at St. Andrews, including three three-putts, and shot 73 for the second consecutive day. At 3-under 213, he was 11 shots back of Open Championship leader Louis Oosthuizen and looked to be a long shot to win his 15th major title.
He said his poor performance on the greens – 99 putts through 54 holes – had nothing to do with his new flatstick, rather his speed on the greens. He had back-to-back three-putts on Nos. 13-14, and three-putted again after driving his ball onto the green at the par-4 18th, the second consecutive day he’s reached the 357-yard home hole from the tee.
“I’m playing better than my position,” Woods said. “I certainly have had a lot more putts on the greens than I ever have, and that’s something that has basically kept me out of being in the final few groups.”
A slow start has also hampered Woods. He started bogey-bogey in the second round, and was 2 over on his round Saturday until finally making a birdie on No. 9. It’s not like he hasn’t had chances, however. He missed a makeable birdie at No. 1, lipped out for birdie at No. 2 and rolled another birdie putt past the hole at No. 3.
“If those go in, it’s a whole different ballgame, Woods said. “Hopefully tomorrow I can get some kind of momentum going early.