Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Tiger Woods Believes He Still Has Chance after Quad at Island 17th

Tiger Woods Believes He Still Has Chance after Quad at Island 17th

Tiger Woods reacts after a quadruple bogey on the 17th hole during the second round of The Players Championship. We caught up with Tiger Woods' caddie Joe LaCava on Wednesday to talk about the course, beginning with how much longer the risky par-4 18th will play this week.

"Everyone who makes the cut, anyone who makes the cut, has a chance to win this golf tournament", said Woods, who was tied for 39th.

The iconic island green hole has been the scene of numerous disasters dating to the Players Championship's debut at the course in 1982, but usually not in the benign conditions Woods faced Friday morning.

However, his tee shot on the 146-yard par-3 17th trickled off the back of the green into the water.

Woods birdied the hole in the first round when it was 121 yards, while compatriot Ryan Moore made a hole-in-one. "I took something off that wedge, and it flew a lot further than I thought".

"Everything was a little off, I didn't read the greens well so there's a few things to work on, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. That's just because my lower back is fused, and so the stress has to go somewhere if I don't have movement, and so it's very important for me going forward since the surgery to keep pliable or else the stress is going to go somewhere else". Pepperell will play in his first Masters next month and is yet to visit Augusta National, but said on Wednesday that he's had a vision or two about golf's hallowed grounds. Rather than choosing to re-tee, he hit his next shot from the drop zone, and found water again off the backside. "I have hit anything but a 9-iron or a wedge in there for 12 years".

Woods began the second round five shots off the lead but had moved ominously up the leaderboard with birdies on the 12th, 13th and 16th, having started from the 10th tee.

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"I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that", Woods said. "Ended up getting back to 3 [under], still was a good fight to get to that point".

He would recover to play the rest of the round in two under under to post a one-under 71. "And I think that everything is headed on track toward April".

"I really haven't done a whole lot wrong", he said, except for the one hole.

"When Fred won in '96 when I worked for him he was four back of the lead, shot 8 under and won by four", he said. He will get two more rounds in an event it wasn't clear he'd enter in the first place-Woods pulled out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck strain, but he said early in the week that the absence was precautionary and that his neck feels good.

He had no excuses for what happened at 17. When asked immediately after his round whether he would play the Valspar, he said, "I don't know". He had carded a double-bogey four times, including in the final round in 2018.

To make sure he was not overlooking anything, Woods has brought in putting guru Matt Killen to examine his stroke.

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