Woods making strides

Tiger Woods believes he took some very important steps towards finding his best golf again at the Quicken Loans National.

The former world number one was in the mix at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club after opening rounds of 68 and 66 left him eight under for the tournament.

However, the 14-time major winner lost his way somewhat on Saturday, with a double bogey contributing to a three over 74, effectively taking Woods out of the running for the final round.

Woods bounced back to card a three under 68 on Sunday, enough for a tied for 18th finish, which is his best result since he finished tied for 17th at the Masters in April.

“I started off well and really hit the ball well and looking at the whole week in general, felt like I made some big strides,” the 39-year-old told Sky Sports.

“My short game is starting to come back to where it used to be. Everything is kind of trending in the correct direction now.

“This is much better, much, much, much better to have a round like today. I hit the ball really well and I didn’t really miss a shot on the front nine. It was a very solid round. It was a mixed bag as far as results but the fact I had total control of the golf ball was nice.”

During the final round, Woods looked like he could be headed for a low score after five birdies, but a lapse in concentration lead to an error on the par three 11th. His par putt lipped out, taking the wind from his sails.

“I was five under through ten and really had it going,” he added.

“I took my eye off it. I thought I had made it. Next thing I know it’s coming right back to my feet again. That definitely didn’t feel very good.”

Woods returns to action at the final major of the year, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on August 13.