Erratic, Woods posts 71 at WGC-Bridgestone
Friday, August 1, 2014
With a 1-over 71, Tiger Woods lost ground on his fight to play in the FedEx Cup and Ryder Cup on Friday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Erratic off the tee with his driver and when using a fairway wood, the defending champ fell from four shots off the overnight lead and T-9 to seven back and T-20 as he headed in.
Woods thought he "didn't do anything well today," he told Golf Channel, saying if he'd putted better he could have had a round as good as Thursday's 2-under 68 instead.
Justin Rose shot 67 to take the lead at 8 under with several players still on their front nine and within striking distance.
Woods started his day with a birdie but would go 10 holes before carding another, registering three bogeys among that span. He never got back under par, leveling his day with a birdie at No. 5 but ending it with a bogey at No. 9 – where he hit fairway wood from deep rough but missed the green, then failed to get up and down – wrapping up a 1-over 71.
Woods said he didn't hit the ball well on the practice range Friday before his round and carried it over to the course. But he thinks, he told Golf Channel, that seven shots back with 36 holes to play is "doable" at Firestone CC.
Starting the week 215th in FedEx Cup points, Woods would need strong finishes both this week and at the PGA Championship if he is to reach the playoffs.
First-round leader Marc Leishman shot 69 to fall a shot back of Rose. Rickie Fowler matched Rose's 67 and is two back.
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Woods' score Friday.