Woods saved par from the water on the sixth hole at PGA National. (Franklin/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. --Tiger Woods had a Jean van de Velde moment Thursday at The Honda Classic, only it turned out much better for Woods.
With his ball half-submerged in a hazard on the sixth hole (Woods' 15th of the day), he ditched his shoes and socks for rain paints, stepped into the water and successfully played back to the fairway.
"I wasn't trying to advance it very far," Woods said. "Just make sure I got it back in the fairway and give myself some kind of wedge shot."
Woods was left with 81 yards to the hole, and he hit his next to 8 feet before making the putt to save par. It was an important save to say the least.
On a cool, damp, overcast morning at PGA National, Woods made two birdies and two bogeys en route to an even-par 70 that could have been a lot worse.
"If that ball is not playable from where it's at, where I (crossed) was pretty far back and I would have had to have dropped in the primary rough and had to lay up," Woods said.
Woods went on to birdie the next hole, the par-3 seventh, where he rolled in a 20-footer for his longest made putt of the day.
The rest of the round he wasn't so fortunate with the putter.
Woods missed a 6-footer for par on his first hole of the day, No. 10, after hitting into a greenside bunker.
One hole later, he missed a birdie opportunity from just over 12 feet. Chances at Nos. 15, 17 and 1 also went by the wayside and Woods finished with 32 putts.
"I hit good putts," Woods said. "I was getting fooled on the grain; some of it was snagging, some I would blow right through the top side."
"The green speeds are a little bit faster than they were (Wednesday), but it's an adjustment I need to make."