He finally put a circle on the scorecard at 14 when he made a 3-foot putt but blew another chance when he missed at 15 from 9 feet. Even Golf Channel’s Terry Gannon wondered on the broadcast whether this would be a one-and-done performance for Woods’ new putter?
Woods has wisely tempered expectations in this latest comeback. But he also has never been the type that would accept an ‘A’ for effort. He was the antithesis of this era of participation trophies. He collected hardware not friends.
“I really want to be on a Ryder Cup team that wins” he said. “I’ve been bugging (U.S. captain) Jim Furyk about being assistant captain. His text back to me this week said ‘No you’re too good. You need to be on our team playing.’ ”