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The Tour Report

August 5 2012

4:15 PM

Tiger pleased with his weekend putting

Interview: Tiger Woods

Following a final-round 66, Tiger Woods reflects on his play in the 2012 World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational with John Maginnes from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods watched as his playing competitor, Matt Kuchar, put on a short game clinic Sunday, chipping in three times and using just 20 putts. Woods, though, wasn't too disappointed with the way he managed to match Kuchar's 66 in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. The two men ended 72 holes at Firestone tied at 4 under. "I hit a lot of good shots and never really sniffed making a bogey all day," Woods said. "So that was a good day. You know, playing with Kuch today was a joke. Twenty putts on the today is not too bad, three chip ins. It was amazing. I never saw the guy all day, and we had the same score. Good stuff." Woods, who ranks second in the world, went out in 31 on Sunday, then finished with nine straight pars. He had his best day tee-to-green of the week, hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation, the latter for the second straight day. The putter was still a bit problematic for the seven-time Bridgestone Invitational champ as he took 29, which tied for his low in a week that saw him use 122 total. Woods, though, was encouraged overall by the bogey-free round, his first of the tournament. "I putted well the last two days, which was good," he said. "... And more importantly, I hit the ball on my start lines, and that's something I did not do the first couple days. I misread a couple, but that's just the way it goes. But at least every putt was starting on the right line, and that's something that I'm very excited about going into next week." Woods got off to a positive start when he got up and down for birdie from in front of the par-5 second green. He made a 35-footer at the fourth hole and a 14-footer at No. 7 before staking his approach at the ninth hole to 21 inches. He couldn't get a putt to drop on the back nine but he'll head to the PGA with confidence. "My tee to green game today was I thought pretty dialed in," Woods said. "I was hitting it long, I was hitting it straight, and my irons I was shaping both ways in all different trajectories with the wind blowing. That was about as absolute high a score as I could possibly shoot today."