Woods termed it “a bonus” and on a sweltering hot day his new mallet-style putter heated up with the mercury en route to making seven birdies for the round and shooting a five-under 65 which tied for his lowest score this season.
Woods who spent last week practicing in the Bahamas said he began experimenting with different styles and shapes of putters early last week after missing the cut at the U.S. Open. He also confirmed that this week’s tournament is scheduled to be his only start before the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
So was the execution. No putter required for Woods who chipped in for a birdie that jump-started his round. “I just had a feeling” Leishman said. “I’ve never really said that but it just had his name written all over it and in it went so it made me look good.”
“There’s been no better teacher that I’ve ever had than my dad” Woods said. “I’ve had coaches throughout my career but my dad was the best teacher I’ve ever had with putting and probably ever will.”
“Like it’s two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that that goes on around” he said. “So whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn’t become such a novelty that he’s back out playing again because it’s tiring. I need a couple Advil. I’ve got a headache after all that.”