Tiger Woods ranked 71st in strokes gained-putting at the Memorial Tournament. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- On Saturday, he was so frustrated by that 79 he shot, a score which tied his highest in a non-major, Tiger Woods took a rare pass when asked to talk with the media.
Woods' mood was considerably improved on Sunday after he fought back from a triple bogey on his third hole to shoot an even par 72. Not that he was happy to finish tied for 65th in his title defense, but at least the five-time Memorial winner had limited the damage after that difficult start.
"It wasn't that bad today," said Woods, who had racked up a triple bogey and two double bogeys on Saturday in a back-nine 44. "It was just one hole that cost me obviously a few shots."
All in all, Woods was philosophical as he summed up a week that saw him rank fifth in driving accuracy, hitting all but 10 fairways, but miss at least five greens each day (and nine in the third-round 79). His putting, which had been so sharp in Woods' last outing, a win at THE PLAYERS Championship, left a lot to be desired as well.
"It happens," said Woods, who had 119 putts for the week. "It happens to us all."
Woods said he planned to work on every aspect of his game next week before the season's second major. "You want everything clicking on all cylinders, especially at the U.S. Open, because everything is tested in the U.S. Open," he explained.
That said, putting is sure to be a particular area of emphasis. He used 30 each of the first three days and one less on Sunday.
"I had bad speed all week," Woods said. "I thought the greens didn't look that fast, but they were putting fast. I could never get the speed of them."