April 8 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods left before the final pairing even reached the back nine Sunday at Augusta National. With a 74 for a 5-over 293 total, it was the highest total score here for Woods in his professional career.
After winning at Bay Hill two weeks ago, surely it was not the outcome he expected.
“I didn't hit the ball very good this week,” the four-time Masters champion said. “What's frustrating is I know what to do, and I just don't do it. I get out there and I just don't trust it at all. I fall back into the same old patterns. I just need more reps.”
Woods had too many reps this week, failing to post at least one round in the 60s for the first time since 2007. His 75 on Friday was his highest score ever as a professional in the second round.
The most glaring problem for Woods was on the par-5s, where he made just two birdies and one bogey for the week. Collectively, he played them in 1 under.
“This is a golf course you just have to dominate the par-5s, and I did not do that at all this week,” Woods said.
After leading the field in greens in regulation at Bay Hill, Woods struggled with his accuracy here. He hit just 56 percent of his greens and 57 percent of his fairways.
Following his opening round, Woods went straight to the driving range and hit balls until well after sunset.
It didn’t help.
A day later, Woods shot 75 tossing his clubs on more than one occasion and at one point kicking his 9-iron after an errant approach shot at the 16th hole. Woods later apologized but was clearly frustrated with his play all week.
“I can get it on the range, I can get it dialed in there,” Woods said. “I go to the golf course and I just don't quite trust it.”
Asked if he thought he was past that point following his win last month, Woods said no.
”With all the different changes I've made in my game over the years, you're never past it,” he said. “The big things that we're working on are done, but it's the little things, too, now. The details sometimes can be magnified, especially on a golf course like this.”