Though Tiger Woods never was going to catch Keegan Bradley or Jim Furyk, Sunday’s 4-under-par 66 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational might be just the springboard he needed heading into next week’s PGA Championship.
“I feel very good about where I’m at,” said Woods, whose tie for eighth gave him back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time since 2009.
After two days of frustration on Firestone Country Club’s slick greens, Woods found something in his alignment during a lengthy putting session after Friday’s round. After making just one putt longer than 10 feet in the first two rounds, he had five on the weekend.
“I hit the ball on my start lines,” Woods said, “and that’s something I did not do that first couple of days. I misread a couple, but that’s just the way it goes. But at least every putt was starting on the right line.”
NO RELIEF FOR RETIEF
Retief Goosen is losing sleep, losing distance – and losing time.
Plagued all summer by back woes, Goosen began his week with a strong 67 but quickly fell off. Sunday’s 69 left him 14 shots behind Bradley and tied for 29th. Of equal weight was his position in the FedEx Cup standings – 129th, four shots outside the playoffs.
“My physio is doing a good job keeping me on the course at the moment,” said Goosen, who has two degenerating discs in his back.
“At the moment, it’s a struggle to sleep properly and to get going in the mornings. And yeah, I’m losing a lot of distance out there on the golf course. I can’t go at it as hard as I would like to.”
The Lake Nona pro earlier this year tried the blood-spinning treatment that has revitalized Fred Couples and Vijay Singh, but without the same success. He’s also had a cortisone shot, and is talking to doctors about other non-surgical options for the offseason.
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