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May 13 2012

9:45 PM

Tiger has pace of play solution


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Tiger Woods answers questions following Sunday's final round at THE PLAYERS Championship.


By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods thinks he has a solution for slow play in golf.

Penalty strokes.

"Strokes is money," Woods said after his final round at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Currently, PGA TOUR players lose a stroke if they receive two bad times in a round. On Saturday, Kevin Na received one bad time but not a second one. Woods said he would issue a stroke for the first bad time.

"What people don't realize is that one shot is so valuable out here," Woods noted.

Woods said pace of play is not a TOUR issue but a golf issue.

"We have gotten slower on TOUR," Woods said. "College has gotten just incredibly slow. It's so bad that now we are giving the guys the ability to use lasers to try to speed up play, and they are still in, you know, 5:45, 6:00 plus."

As far as Woods' performance is concerned, this week was hardly one he'll remember. He finished at 1 under for the tournament after shooting a 1-over 73 on Sunday in which he rallied after shooting 40 on the front side.

After opening bogey-birdie-par, Woods took a double-bogey 6 on the 384-yard fourth hole when his second shot found the hazard guarding the front of the green. He also bogeyed Nos. 6 and 8 on the front side.

“(Caddie Joe LaCava and I) were looking back on it,” Woods said. “Didn’t hit any bad shots and here you are at 2 over for the day. Just one of those deals.”

Woods bounced back with a 33 on the back side, making birdies on Nos. 12, 16 and on the island 17th when he knocked his tee shot to 6 feet.

Ultimately, Woods said judging the wind and getting a beat on his distance control prevented a better finish. He also pointed to his par-5 performance as an area for improvement. For the week, Woods was 7 under on the par 5s with seven birdies, no bogeys and no eagles.

The good news is Woods has seen progress in his golf game since the Masters, specifically his ability to correctly hit the ball on a high trajectory “and sending it with confidence.”

“I felt that I did it well in spurts again,” said Woods, who entered ranked 13th in the FedExCup standings. “Just need to be a little bit more consistent, and as I said earlier in the week, just got to play the par 5s better than I did. That’s something I didn’t do. I had a lot of irons into the par 5s and didn’t take care of them.”

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