Tiger Woods at Bridgestone Invitational 2012 Tracker: Day 1 Highlights, Updates
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Today was a microcosom for Tiger Woods' 2012 season.
After getting out to three-under par after the 11th hole, Woods lost confidence in his driver, could not put his approach shots where he wanted and putted poorly.
When he missed the fairway right on the 16th, his decision to layup from 250 yards from the fairway will come into question.
He missed putts he should have made for par and turned a good round into a bad one.
He will have plenty of time tonight to try and workout what went wrong, but he goes out tomorrow morning at 10 starting on the back side.
We will be right there with him starting around 9:15.
Woods has around 25 feet left for birdie.
Straight up the hill, Woods just misses on the righ edge for a kick-in par that he somehow overhits.
Woods ends up with a frustrating even-par 70. He left shots again on the course and will be furious with himself for.
He sits seven shots out of the lead.
A stunning last 45 minutes.
Tiger gets a free drop from a sprinkler head. His lie has improved, but there are some branches close to the green that might be a distraction.
Woods hits a bump-and-run on to the green and has a birdie chance below the hole to finish with a potential 68.
Another driver on the 464-yard 18th and another one that goes right off the tee and into the trees.
The last few holes for Woods seem to be a regression back to his faults he has fought with this year, lack of accuracy off the tee and distance control around the greens.
He did nail it 347 and only has 121 to the hole but should reach the green.
Woods faces a ticklish 15-foot or so downhill chip for birdie. He will need to leave it short of the hole to have it trickle down close for his par.
He executes it perfectly with a tap-in par.
At one-under through 17, Woods is still six back.
Woods puts the driver away on the 400-yard 17th and finds the fairway with an iron. On the left side of the fairway, he has 166 yards.
He throws the 8-iron approach high into the air but it bounces behind the hole and nestles on the collar on the edge of the green long.
Woods has a 20-footer left to save par below the hole.
The uphill putt just misses left and he drops another shot to go back to one-under and six behind the leader Furyk.
Woods chose to layup short of the pond and has 75 yards left for his fourth.
His shot from the tree only traveled 109 yards and decided that 235-yards was too close or comfort to hit the green.
He leaves his approach short of the hole, but on the green. Distance control is turning into a problem.
Woods is almost right of the trees just by the cart path. He has a play to advance it down the fairway under a chute of limbs. The ball is lying well and he will stand on he grass and not the cart path to swing.
He chunks the shot and is still short of his playing partner Branden Grace's tee shot. Grace, by the way hit his drive 427 yards.
Woods has about 250 left for his third.
To the 667-yard par-five 16th we go. No chance really to go for this one in two as water fronts the green on the right.
A driver in hand, Woods hits a tree right short of the turn of the fairway left. The lie and what his view here is important as that will determine how close he can get it to the green for his third.
With just nine feet to go and pin-high left, Woods is sitting pretty here to get back his dropped shot and back to three-under.
Woods hits it too hard and it takes a skip. A foot past, he converts the par and remains at two-under.
Mr. Woods is not a happy camper at the moment but has held it in check.
The last par-three of the day is the 221-yard 15th.
With a six-iron, Tiger is pin high about 10 feet to the left of the hole for birdie.
From 21 feet, Woods did not quite read his birdie putt correctly and it just misses right.
A solid par for Woods after the last hole and he goes to 15 still five shots back at two-under.
That drive of 288 only leaves him just 166-yards from the pin.
Woods overcooks his approach but does find the green on the same side as the pin. Woods has struggled with distance control and that seems to be creeping in a bit here on the back nine.
Another fairway hit on the 467-yard 14th. Woods has been accurate off the tee for the most part and is again here.
The pin is cut tight on the left giving him a tough approach when he attempts it.
Jim Furyk birdies again to get to seven-under. Tiger five back and fuming
His short par putt edges the right side of the cup and leaves him with an equally long putt coming back for a bogey.
He took some time to think it over and sinks it. Back to two-under and a disappointment from being in a perfect place off the tee.
After a 332-yard bomb, Woods only has 139 left to the hole.
His sand-wedge, however, was short and lands in the rough or bunker on the front-right portion of the green.
A tough chip lands just beyond the hole.
He's not happy, but he has an easy par putt.
Tiger has to work his driver here left to right and he bombs it down the left-hand side of the fairway on the 471-yard 13th hole.
Woods has hit more than two-thirds of his fairways today despite choosing primarily driver or three-wood off the tee.
From nearly 19 feet, Woods tried to coax his slippery putt in the hole, but just missed right.
Another par for Tiger as he remains at three-under.
Woods moves to the par-three 12th where his iron shot settles 15 feet or so behind the pin almost in the center of the green.
Slightly downhill coming up, but it is for birdie.
Elsewhere, playing the frontside last, Jim Furyk eagles the par-five second to take the lead outright at six-under.
Six feet and three inches exactly for Woods.
Another solid straight one-putt and Woods now joins the gaggle at three-under after an easy birdie.
With only 143 yards, Woods tells the ball after he hit it to "Get up a foot."
It did and Woods has another decent birdie chance right of the hole from about six feet.
Simon Dyson has dropped a shot to go back to four-under leaving just three tied for the lead at five-under, John Senden, Lee Slattery and Rafael Cabrera Bello.
A driver uphill is solidly in play. the 11th is a shortish par-four with a rise from the tee to the fairway.
Woods hits it dead-center 276 yards and should have a wedge to the green.
Just under nine feet in fact for Tiger remaining.
Woods will not be happy with the fact he had 17 putts on the front side, but he has played very well all-around just missing one green out of the first 10.
A dead-straight one-putt this time. Tiger birdies for two-under!
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