Tiger: I’ll fix it for the US Open
Tiger Woods says he has plenty of work to do ahead of the US Open after finishing eighth at Sawgrass on Sunday.
Tiger Woods said after his slide to an eighth-place finish at The Players on Sunday that he has plenty of work to do ahead of the defence of his US Open title next month.
The world number one had been poised to strike for his second victory of the year when arrived for the final round at TPC Sawgrass five shots off Alex Cejka’s overnight lead and playing with the German in the last group.
But as Cejka crumbled with a seven-over-par 79, Woods failed to take advantage and was in trouble as early as his second shot on the opening hole, which he sent to the wrong side of the green.
At the second his tee shot hit trees carrying just 180 yards into pine needles from where he sent his second shot right of the green into a pond.
That was the first of eight fairways out of 14 and eight greens from 18 that he missed in his one-over-par 73 that still managed to deliver his first top-10 in the tournament since he won it in 2001.
Still it will have been a disappointment that the American World No 1 finished seven shots behind champion Henrik Stenson.
“I’ll fix it,” Woods said. “When you’re playing a golf course like this and you don’t have it and the greens are this fast and this hard, you can shoot some pretty high numbers.
“As you can see out there, some guys probably went pretty high.
“I just kept hitting those spinners up to the right, and it was frustrating because if I aim down the right side, I’d spin it to the right; aim down the left side, spin it to the right. I tried to put the release in early enough, but it still wasn’t right.
“It’s not that bad. If I had a two-way miss, then obviously I’d be a lot more concerned than I am now, but just a one-way miss like today, you can aim for it, at least I can take out one side of the golf course.
“We know what the problem is, it’s just a matter of me doing it. As we all know, playing the game is harder to do on the golf course.
“I just need to do a little better job of it. I’ve got plenty of time.”
Woods said there has been no problems with his left knee which required season-ending reconstructive surgery following last year’s US Open victory at Torrey Pines and kept him out of action until the end of February.
The Players Championship was the first time the American had played back-to-back tournaments having finished fourth at the Quail Hollow Championship.
“Knee feels great,” he said, “No issues at all.
“That’s a great sign. It’s something we were wondering about at the beginning of the season when we first started out, first coming back, and I didn’t know how that was going to operate. But it feels good.”
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