Tiger Woods has five wins on the PGA TOUR this year. (Franklin/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The takeaway is not quite right. So Tiger Woods is not playing like the same man who won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by a whopping seven strokes last week.
Woods, who threatened golf's magical 59 at Firestone Country Club eight days ago, failed to break par for the second time in three rounds at the PGA Championship. His 73 at Oak Hill on Saturday left Woods 4 over for the tournament and in a distant tie for 51st.
"Sean (Foley) and I were trying to work on it last night," Woods said. "I just haven't got my takeaway right; it's off. Consequently the whole patterning is off. Just one of those weeks where it's just a fraction off, and a fraction off on a setup like this, it's going to cost me."
Woods, who has five PGA TOUR wins this year but hasn't added to his 14 majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, only hit five fairways on Saturday and just 11 greens in regulation. He used 32 putts for the second straight day, as wwell.
"I didn't play very well today," Woods said. "I didn't hit it very good, didn't make anything, kept blocking every putt. So it was a tough day."
The tone for Woods' day was set early, too, when he bogeyed two of his first three holes. He made his lone birdie at the 11th, then closed off the disappointing day with bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17.
"I didn't start off very good and I didn't finish very good," Woods said. "So the bookends weren't very good and in the middle part I was grinding just to kind of hang in there around par."
Not a good combination at all.
"That's golf," Woods said philosphically. "We don't play well every week."