What Tiger Woods said after shooting 68 Friday at Tour Championship

Sep 21, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tiger Woods tees off on the 16th hole during the second round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports

What Tiger Woods said after shooting 68 Friday at Tour Championship

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What Tiger Woods said after shooting 68 Friday at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods had ’em roaring at East Lake Friday, as he briefly took a two-shot lead on the back nine before settled for -7 overall and tie for the lead with Justin Rose.

Woods shot a 68 on the day but faltered on his final three holes.

Here is some of what he had to say after his round:

On Round 2 vs. Round 1:

“I ground out a round today. I wasn’t quite as sharp as I was yesterday, but hung in there and tried to miss the ball on the correct sides so I had angles. For the most part of the day, I did that.”

On being tied for the lead headed into Saturday:

“We’re only halfway home, and this course, the way it’s playing right now, you’ve got to be so patient. It’s hard to make birdies, and on top of that, it’s hard to get the ball close. It’s very easy to make mistakes, make a few bogeys here and there. And look at most of the field, that’s basically what they’re doing.”

On his par save on 13:

“Yeah, I made a mistake there, and I got stuck in the ground a little bit with a 9-iron there. And from the middle of the fairway you just — I can’t miss that ball right of that flag. I could have hit the ball 70 feet left of the flag and been on the green. Only place I couldn’t miss it is anything right of that flag, and I did. Had an easy bunker shot, just didn’t quite hit it hard enough, but I left myself an uphill putt and was able to pour.”

On played tied for the lead with Justin Rose:

“It’s going to be fun. Rosey and I have known each other for a very long time and been good friends, and we’ll have a good time tomorrow. We’re going to obviously be competing, but also I think we’re both going to enjoy competing against one another. We’ve still got a long way to go, still got 36 more holes to go, and there’s a lot of golf to be played still.”

On how he feels healthwise:

“Health-wise? Yeah, I feel good. I feel strong. This heat has been — it’s been one of those summers where it seems to me like every event we’ve played in it’s been like 100 degrees. For the most part the only thing I’ve really struggled with is maintaining my weight, keeping my weight up, and that’s always been a struggle when it gets hot like this.”

On the course conditions:

“The rough is brutal. This is Bermuda. Everything sits down low. There is no good lie.”

On the weekend and pressure of East Lake:

“It’s a long season and we’ve played a lot toward the end of our season. This is not an easy golf course. It’s a little different than were playing two weeks ago (at the BMW Championship), where we were firing at absolutely every single flag. This is very different. This is very much strategic and lots and lots of patience here.”

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