Tiger Woods: Why His Final Round 66 at Doral Means Nothing
Tiger Woods fired his most solid round of the year on Sunday, shooting a six-under-par, 66.
With this final round score, Woods moved from a tie in 30th place to a tie for 10th.
And while this will give the ardent Woods supporters all the evidence they need that Woods is back to stay, his play up unto this point simply points elsewhere.
During the final round, Woods finally found a way to make some putts, needing only 25 putts on the day, an outstanding number.
The trouble lies in the first three days, however, where Woods needed 31, 32 and 28 putts respectively.
If Woods putts most rounds like he did in the final round, he will have no problem winning tournaments very soon.
I just do not see that happening. Not yet anyway.
Putting well one day out of four is not proof that Woods is back. It is proof that his putter has not left him for good.
The majority of golfers are eventually betrayed by their putters, causing their level of play to decline.
And while I do not believe Woods has met this fate, his recent struggles with his putter suggest that he may come to meet this fate sooner than expected.
That is not saying Woods is never going to compete again. I think Woods will compete again and very soon.
But for that to happen, Woods needs to find a way to make some putts.
A combined total of 63 putts for the first two rounds of a tournament is not going to win him an average PGA Tour tournament, let alone a major. And at this point at his career, Woods only cares about winning majors.
So before we all get excited and say a six-under-par is proof that Woods is back to compete week in and week out, lets step back and take a look at the facts.
Woods had one good round with the putter, as a result he had one spectacular score.
Woods also had three poor rounds with the putter; as a result he left himself in the middle of pack.
Playing well one round of a four round tournament is not enough.
While there will be weeks where Woods' putter is hot and he strings four rounds together to win, there will be many more weeks where he struggles and finds himself in uncharted territory: the middle of the pack.
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