There were plenty of positive signs for Tiger Woods leading into this week’s Frys.com Open and to be fair a few of those signs were evident on the golf course.
In the end though it wasn’t replicated on the scoreboard as his hours of swing technique practice showed…through his horrible putting.
It was his first event for two months saying taking a break to sort out his niggling injuries as well as refocus his mind.
Woods lead up work was solid but at the end of the day his finished at a two over par 73.
Highlighting his green troubles were two main misses, one form six feet and the other from four feet both costing him birdies.
As it stand he’s six off the leader but he knows it could have been so much better.
“That’s probably one of the worst putting rounds I’ve ever had,” he said.
“I just had a hard time hitting my (putting) stroke, and then I started altering it. I started losing confidence in it because I wasn’t hitting my line, so it was just a downward spiral.
“I think I’m going to go put some lead tape on it (the putter) and see if maybe I can get a little bit more mass. It’s always worked in the past.”
His round consisted of two bogeys, two birdies and a double bogey at the par five 12th hole.
All up he had 27 putts for the round and made just half of the greens in regulation.
His only putt greater than six feet came on the 10th when he dropped a 12 footer to save par.
“I’m just playing to get competitive and win a golf tournament,” Woods said.
“It’s about going out there and playing, and right now I’m six (shots) back. I need to put together a good round tomorrow and gradually piece my way back into the tournament.”