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The Tour Report

May 12 2012

4:35 PM

Woods unable to gain ground in wind

Woods birdies No. 13

Tiger Woods hits it to 15 feet on the par-3 13th and makes birdie.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- For all of Tiger Woods’ dominance, TPC Sawgrass has mostly been a riddle in his career.

Woods won here in 2001, was second a year earlier and in the final pairing in 2009 before finishing eighth, but for the most part he’s struggled with just one top-10 finish in the last decade.

Saturday is typically moving day on the PGA TOUR, but on a breezy afternoon Woods again found himself stuck in neutral at THE PLAYERS Championship, shooting an even-par 72 to sit at 2 under with one round to play.

“I played well today and didn't get anything out of that round,” said Woods, who hit 15 greens in regulation. “It was probably the most solid I've hit the golf ball all year actually. Even though I hit a couple off-line, they were just hit dead-flush. I just got nothing out of the round.”

Especially on the greens, where Woods took 33 putts. He missed three putts inside 10 feet, including one from just 3 feet for bogey on the seventh hole, and made only one outside that range on a windswept day at TPC Sawgrass.

Barring something spectacular on Sunday, it looks like Woods will leave here without the Waterford Crystal trophy for an eleventh straight year.

“It's about ball-striking,” Woods said about TPC Sawgrass. “You can't fake it around here. It's amazing how easy the golf course seems if you're hitting it well. You've got 15-footers all day.”

Woods didn’t have many of those. Eleven times, his approach shots landed outside 25 feet.

“If you look at it as a whole, everyone who has played here, they have never really been that consistent here,” he said.

That includes Woods.

Only three times in his last 16 rounds at TPC Sawgrass has he broken 70.

”There's so much danger out there,” Woods said. “This golf course is set up today where you can go out there and shoot a 65 out there, but then again you can also go shoot something in the 80s pretty easily, too.”