Tiger just keeps ‘plodding along’

Tiger Woods credited his “plodding” golf for moving him into contention ahead of the final round at The Players Championship.

Tiger Woods credited his “plodding” golf for moving him into contention ahead of the final round at The Players Championship.
The world number one shot a third-round, two-under-par 70 at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday to reach six under for the week, five shots back on tournament leader Alex Cejka of Germany, with whom he will form the final pairing on Sunday as the first man home in a six-way tie for second place.
For Woods, it was a typical day’s effort for his five birdies and three bogeys, some errant driving off the tee countered with some brilliant improvisation, the American at one point flipping an iron over and playing left handed to get out of trouble at the foot of a tree on the 11th hole.
“I just kept saying if I keep plodding along, not coming back, that’s the whole idea, just making pars, par after par,” Woods said. “If I happen to sprinkle in a birdie that would be fine. But I made a few bogeys out there and thought it would have been a little bit better.”
Woods’ turn as a left-hander came after he found trouble off the tee at 11. He played his second shot from the base of a pine tree, left handed having overturned his club, although having got his ball to safety he shot a bogey six.
“I actually hit it too good and I was stymied there for my third shot,” he said.
“Unfortunately I made six on a hole that I should have been making four.
“I don’t have a problem hitting shots left-handed.
“We do all the time at home. It’s a contest, closest to the hole, stuff like that. Usually it’s around the greens and try to take money off your buddies or stuff like that.”
Since winning the tournament in 2001, Woods has failed to earn a top-10 finish in the event but he said this year was the best he had played the Players Stadium Course in a long time and certainly at his second attempt since it had moved dates from March to May in 2007.
“I can certainly sense a change. It’s nice to get back out here and play a golf course this fast,” he said. “I really enjoy it.
“I think this is how we’ve always thought this golf course should be played is hard and fast. And it’s playing that way.
“Even the guys back in ’99 when David (Duval) won, the guys weren’t really complaining it was hard and fast. We like that. We just don’t like it when it’s super soft and picking up mud balls.”