Tiger Woods struggles off tee, in peril of lacking lower on the Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour on the Memorial Match won’t final so long as he had hoped.

Woods sputtered alongside all morning Friday, struggling to search out the golf green whereas taking pictures 4-over 76 to place him at three over via the primary two rounds and in peril of lacking the lower at Muirfield Village.

The projected lower to advance to weekend play was at 2 over getting into the afternoon rounds. It could be the primary time he has missed the lower in 18 appearances on the Memorial.

“Not superb,” Woods mentioned. “I three-putted two holes early, and no matter type of momentum I used to be going to create, I stifled that early and fought it the remainder of the day.”

Woods closed Thursday’s opening spherical with a birdie to place him at 1 below. He wanted birdies on two of the ultimate three holes Friday to place himself in place to make the lower.

“I wish to have the chance to play [Saturday], and hopefully the lower will fall yet another and I am going to have the chance,” Woods mentioned.

The normally-reserved Woods acknowledged he was coping with again issues that began whereas he was warming up previous to Friday’s spherical.

“I wasn’t fairly shifting in addition to I might like and could not fairly flip again and could not fairly clear,” Woods mentioned. “It was a little bit of a battle.”

Woods hit solely 10 fairways Friday after reaching 13 within the first spherical.

He additionally handled again stiffness in Genesis Open, which was the final event he had performed in again in February previous to the Memorial.

“Mainly most of my layoffs in my profession have been due to surgical procedures, and so this can be a pressured layoff for all of us,” Woods mentioned. “That is completely different than my previous layoffs. However this can be a new world we’re residing in.”

Woods opened his ultimate 9 holes with a double bogey — after hitting a sand shot over the inexperienced to the opposite bunker — and a bogey, He closed out the spherical with two birdies and a par, which he known as concerning the “solely constructive” to the day.

“Properly, I haven’t got the identical sort of stamina as I used to have, that is for positive, once I was coaching arduous and working and all that stuff,” Woods mentioned. “Granted, I am lots older now, so issues change, they evolve. Yeah, so it’s what it’s. Power, you attempt to suck it up as finest you may and get via it.”

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