Woods goes bogey-free for first time since 2013
July 05, 2015
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods' 67 on Sunday was his first round without a bogey since 2013. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- The final three groups were still waiting to tee off in Sunday's deciding round of The Greenbrier Classic when Tiger Woods finished his post-round interview session.
He had completed 72 holes for just the fourth time this season but didn't contend in his second appearance at The Old White TPC. Still, Woods saw many positives in his final round before heading to Scotland for The Open Championship at St. Andrews.
"It's the best I've hit it in a very long time," Woods said. "I had full control over all the clubs. ... I hit it great, I had it shaped both ways, right-to-left, left-to-right.
"I had it all on call today."
Sunday's 67 was Woods' first bogey-free round since the opening day of the 2013 Barclays, a span of 55 rounds. Not to mention, it was his third sub-70 round at The Greenbrier after coming to the resort with just two all season.
Woods finished four rounds at 7 under, which is his lowest 72-hole score in relation to par since he shot 9 under and tied for 11th at the 2013 BMW Championship. The 273 aggregate total is also his lowest since he shot 265 and made the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (his fifth win of that season).
At The Greenbrier Classic this week, though, Woods finished T32, six shots out of the playoff.
Tee-to-green, Woods, who had missed the cut at the U.S. Open by 11 shots in his last start, indeed appeared to have command of his game. He hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. The putter, though, refused to cooperate as he used 31 strokes on Sunday to bring the total for the week to 119.
"Made absolutely nothing," Woods said. "To count it up, I had six lip-outs for birdie, so this could have been one of those special rounds where I could have really gone low."
Woods stopped short of saying this week was the turning point as he tries to resurrect the kind of swing that kept him atop the Official World Golf Ranking for a record 683 weeks. No, that still goes to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, despite the 85 he shot in the third round.
"I felt like we made a big, giant step at Memorial, even though I shot those numbers, but the pattern was set now, just had to refine it," Woods said. "This week was definitely that, definitely refined it, and just needed to -- if I just made a couple putts, this week could have been completely different."
Woods says the shift he and swing consultant Chris Como have made in his baseline is a completely different motion than he's used to making in any other incarnation. Consequently, it's taken him some time to get used to get the "feel" for it.
"It's not a short-term fix," Woods said. "People looking for the one quick fix and the very next day go out and play golf, it doesn't work that way. It takes time. It takes time to build it. I'm very pleased with what I've been able to do, and consequently I'm in this position now."
Tiger Woods interview after final round of The Greenbrier