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Sports Big finish for Woods gets him to the weekend at Memorial

02:55  18 july  2020
02:55  18 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Woods opened with a 10-foot birdie and there was silence. He finished with a 15-foot birdie for a 1-under 71, leaving him five shots behind Tony Finau in the Memorial , and he walked to the '' Got off to almost an ideal start and got a feel for the round early,'' Woods said. ''I just didn't make anything today.

Woods opened with a 10-foot birdie and there was silence. He finished with a 15-foot birdie for a 1-under 71, leaving him five shots behind Tony Finau in the Memorial , and he walked to the '' Got off to almost an ideal start and got a feel for the round early,'' Woods said. ''I just didn't make anything today.

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Five months without competition, and Tiger Woods was grinding over key shots and big putts Friday at the Memorial. None was bigger than a 7-foot par putt on his final hole.

It kept him from going home.

Woods missed a pair of 3-foot putts early that shut down any momentum, twice missed the green with awkward chip shots in deep rough and had to finish birdie-birdie-par for a 4-over 76.

It was just enough to make the cut on the number at 3-over 147, his highest 36-hole score at Muirfield Village since his Memorial debut in 1997.

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Not Tiger Woods . But he experienced such in the opening round of the Memorial Tournament. On Thursday, for the first time in 18 trips to Jack’s Place, Woods could relish the simple things – like walking directly from the 16th green to the 17th tee, without going some roundabout way to avoid a

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The Memorial, the Masters and the Arnold Palmer Invitational are the only tournaments he has played at least 15 times without failing to make the cut.

Woods said his back felt a little stiff while warming up and he couldn't move through his swing like he would have liked. He said it was a struggle on a warm, calm morning at Muirfield Village.

But when asked if it was enough to keep him from playing the rest of the week, Woods replied, “I would like to have the opportunity to play tomorrow.”

Woods was outside the cut when he finished, and he was helped by a pair of fellow Californians. Max Homa finished with two bogeys, and Bryson DeChambeau made a 10 on the par-5 15th hole, moving the cut to 3 over.

Ryan Palmer (68) and Tony Finau (69) managed just fine and were tied for the lead, leaving Woods 12 shots behind going into the weekend.

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Woods opened his first round at the Memorial Tournament with two birdies on his first three holes. He is five strokes off the leader, Tony Finau. The rest of the day was not quite a romp to the top of the leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament, where Woods is a five-time champion.

The finish at least gave him a chance.

Woods had to lay up from deep rough short of the water on the sixth hole — he started on the back nine — and missed a par putt just outside 5 feet to fall to 6 over for his round. He looked to be done. He wasn't moving well, the look of someone who would be heading home shortly.

But he found the fairway on the par-5 seventh and made birdie from a greenside bunker. Then, he rolled in 20-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 eighth. He found more trouble on the ninth, sending his tee shot to the right, in rough and blocked by trees, leaving his only option to chip out to the fairway.

From there, his wedge spun back to 7 feet below the hole and he made that par for to have hope.

“I finished birdie-birdie-par,” he said. “That's about the only positive to it today.”

He wasn't sure what to make about his back, which has undergone four surgeries, the last one to fuse his lower spine. He has recovered well enough to win three more times, including the Masters last year for his 15th major.

Woods, DeChambeau attract attention for different reasons

  Woods, DeChambeau attract attention for different reasons DUBLIN, Ohio — Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau pounded shots along the front nine of Muirfield Village, a nine-hole practice round Wednesday that no doubt would have attracted a capacity crowd if spectators were allowed at the Memorial. They are gobbling up most of the attention in golf, for entirely different reasons. One of them because he’s Woods. The other because he’s unlike anyone else in the game. DeChambeau has everyone talking, whether it's his super-sized physique, how hard he swings the driver, how far he is hitting the golf ball or his beliefs — which can sound like boasts — that he's changing the way the game is played.

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Woods is intrigued by a different way of playing, which is why a generation ago he used to practice early When he started, Woods and John Daly were the biggest hitters. Technology has changed all that Greens are being replaced after this week , so there's no fear of getting them super slick to the

Woods last played Feb. 16 in the cold at Riviera, where he finished last in the Genesis Invitational with a 76-77 weekend. He attributed stiffness that week to the cold. As for Ohio in July?

Woods said he felt fine when he woke up, not so much while going through his practice sessions.

“It wasn't quite as good as I'd like, and it it what it is,” he said, adding later, “It's going to happen more times than not.”

What really irritated him was his putting. He three-putted from about 35 feet on the par-5 11th, missing a 3-footer for birdie. Two holes later, after a superb play from the rough to right side of the green, he rolled a fast putt to 3 feet and missed that par putt. And then when he chopped up the par-5 15th for bogey, the rest of the day became a battle.

From a fairway bunker right of the 17th fairway, he sent his shot high on the hill into rough so deep it took him a few minutes to find it. With the greens so brittle, he hit that through the putting surface into more rough, and he had to make an 8-foot putt to escape with bogey.

Making the turn, Woods had an awkward lie with his ball in the collar of a bunker. He caught all ball and sent that long, through the green and into a bunker, failed to get up-and-down and took double bogey.

Tiger's 2nd-round struggles put weekend in jeopardy

  Tiger's 2nd-round struggles put weekend in jeopardy Tiger Woods did not have it on Friday at Muirfield Village, turning in a laborious 4-over 76 and putting his chance of continuing in the Memorial Tournament at risk. The round was difficult for the 44-year-old. Woods appeared to be walking gingerly, and he even let out an audible "ow" after his last drive of the day. Additionally, a few of his wayward drives ended with a one-handed finish. "I wasn't quite moving as well as I'd like and couldn'tThe round was difficult for the 44-year-old. Woods appeared to be walking gingerly, and he even let out an audible "ow" after his last drive of the day. Additionally, a few of his wayward drives ended with a one-handed finish.

Here's how things look after the opening round of the Memorial Tournament, where Tony Finau leads but several big names struggled amid more Main storyline heading into Friday: Finau's pursuit of win No. 2 can wait til the weekend . All eyes will remain on Tiger Woods , who birdied his final hole to

Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time in five months and noticed a big difference about Muirfield Village. He finished with a 15-foot birdie for a 1-under 71, leaving him five shots behind Tony Finau in the Memorial , and he walked to the side of the green and stood with Rory McIlroy, chatting briefly

His next shot sailed to the right toward a hazard, and Woods simply hung his head. He still managed to have enough left at the end to give him a chance.

Woods is a five-time winner of the Memorial, and his next victory would set the PGA Tour career record of 83. Also looming is the first major of the year at the PGA Championship in three weeks.

For a 44-year-old who won the first of his 82 tour titles at age 20, time isn't on his side.

“Aging is not fun,” he said. “Early on in my career, I thought it was fantastic because I was getting better and better and better. And now I'm just trying to hold on.”

Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press


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