Woods' putter woes continue at the Memorial
June 03, 2018
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods starts Round 4 with a birdie at the Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods will spend next week playing with his putter and playing with his kids.
The 79-time PGA TOUR winner struck the ball well enough to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide for the sixth time but was let down by a stone-cold putter, eventually falling six shots short of a playoff.
Woods ranked first in several ball-striking categories at Muirfield Village including Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (+14.157); Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (+11.164) and Proximity (23 feet, eight inches).
But he was second to last in Strokes Gained: Putting (-7.695).
And so his practice focus as he gears up for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock will be with the flat stick.
“If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups,” Woods said.
“I just need to hit better putts. This week I didn't feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off. Consequently I missed a bunch of putts.
“But I hit it really good this week, so that's a positive going into Shinnecock, where ball striking is going to be a must. Obviously way different golf shots around the greens, lots of bump and runs and putters or spinners.
“It will be a very different golf course, but overall if I hit the ball like this, I'll be pleased in two weeks.”
Woods revealed he will have his two kids this week so he would split his time hanging out and having fun with them while also getting his hours in on the greens.
“It's just a minor tweak here and there,” he said.
“I've just got to get more comfortable with my lines and make sure I'm consistent with my lines. But it's just reps. As soon as I get the reps in I'll be all right.”