September 12 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Tiger Woods' opening-round 5-under 66 at the BMW Championship seems like a good score. After all, it puts him in a tie for third. But for Woods, ranked No. 2 in FedExCup points, it was a bit of a waste.
He missed three putts inside 5 feet, all on his final nine holes: a 3-1/2 footer for par at the fourth; a putt of 2 feet, 9 inches for par at the sixth; and a birdie putt from 4 feet, 9 inches at the par-5 ninth.
Make those and he's tied for the first-round lead with Brandt Snedeker. Instead, he trails by three going into the second round at Conway Farms.
"I'm not exactly real happy," Woods said. "I played well and I just didn't get much out of that round."
Woods came into the event having made 92.3 percent of his putts this year inside 5 feet before missing three of his 18 attempts Thursday.
As with most of the other players in the field this week, Woods is unfamiliar with Conway Farms. That may have played a factor in his struggles with the short putts.
"It's just reading the greens," he said. "The familiarity, I just don't quite have it, and some of the putts are a little bit tricky here and there."
He also failed to capitalize on the par 5s, failing to birdie a single one of the three.
"That's just not very good," he said.