First hole at Torrey Pines bites
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[January 25, 2020]
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The first
hole on the Torrey Pines South Course tripped up Tiger Woods once
again on Friday in the second round at the Farmers Insurance Open.
After hitting his approach shot to 25 feet at the par-four hole,
Woods shockingly four-putted for a double-bogey -- the 13th
four-putt of his PGA Tour career.
While many players would have been left deflated, Woods muttered an
expletive, got the anger out of his system, and fought back to card
a respectable one-under-par 71 that left him six strokes behind
halfway leader Ryan Palmer.
Woods double-bogeyed the same hole three times at the 2008 U.S.
Open, each time hooking his drive way left, though those dropped
shots were not enough to stop him from winning the championship for
his 14th major title.
It would be another 11 years before he claimed number 15, at last
It was the putter, rather than the driver, that caused him problems
After stroking his first putt up to barely two feet from the cup,
Woods rammed his second putt so hard it not only missed the hole but
rolled five feet past.
He blamed poa grass, a strain common in California that typically
grows quickly and sometimes leaves putting greens bumpy, for the
"I tried to ram it in the hole and it bounced," he said. "It's just
what happens on poa. I tried to take the break out and it just
He had no excuses for his third putt.
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Tiger Woods watches his shot from the third tee during the second
round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines
Municipal Golf Course - South Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando
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"Obviously a terrible third putt, pulled it," he said.
Woods, who is tied with Sam Snead for a record 82 PGA Tour
victories, goes into Saturday's third round equal 17th at four-under
He has won eight professional events at Torrey Pines including the
U.S. Open, and is optimistic that a ninth is within his sights if he
"I am excited about the way overall that I felt like I'm driving the
golf ball," he said.
"My short game has been really sharp, just a matter of getting the
ball in the right spots to make some more putts.
"Anything can happen on the South Course, especially the way it's
playing now. It's so much more difficult and I think so much more
volatile because of the fact that if you shoot a good round out here
you'll move up the board."
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Writing by Andrew Both in Cary, North
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