PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The gang was roaring, the birdies have been dropping and Tiger Woods regarded like his classic self for the ultimate 12 holes of the U.S. Open.
The issue for Woods was what occurred on the primary 60 holes.
Woods salvaged an in any other case disappointing weekend at Pebble Seaside by birdieing six of his ultimate 12 holes Sunday to complete the event at 2-under par, far behind the highest contenders on a weekend made for low scores.
Woods lastly acquired in on the motion after bogeys on 4 of the primary six holes with a powerful turnaround that even he couldn’t clarify.
“I want I might have identified as a result of I might have turned it round just a little sooner than that, he mentioned. “Once more, acquired off to a different crappy begin and was capable of combat it off. Turned again round and acquired it to underneath par for the week which is — usually it’s a great factor, however this week the blokes are undoubtedly taking to it.”
The issue for Woods all weekend was his incapability to reap the benefits of the scoring alternatives on the primary seven holes at Pebble Seaside. He performed that stretch at 2-over par for the event and four over within the ultimate two rounds.
Woods left his strategy pictures brief on three of the early bogeys on Sunday and hit a tee shot into the tough on the par-Three fifth gap on the opposite. As he walked off the sixth inexperienced after his fourth bogey, Woods trudged towards the seventh tee, head down, seemingly defeated.
However then he made a 15-footer for birdie at 7, hit an strategy to five ft on eight for one more birdie and drained a 40-foot putt on 13, prompting a fan to yell, “The comeback has began!”
Whereas that may have been a little bit of hyperbole, Woods hit one other nice strategy shot on 16 to get again underneath par for the event and closed it out with one other on 18 to the delight of the followers.
“Simply because I acquired off to a nasty begin doesn’t imply it’s over,” he mentioned. “Hold grinding, preserve enjoying. And I used to be capable of flip my spherical round right this moment in addition to yesterday. So rounds that would have simply slipped away and type of gone the opposite approach fairly simply I used to be ready it to turnaround.”
The ultimate spherical of 69 tied for Woods’ second-best closing spherical ever at a U.S. Open, behind solely the 67 at Pebble Seaside in 2000 when he had a record-setting 15-stroke win.
Now after beginning the yr by successful his first main since 2008 on the Masters, Woods has missed the minimize on the PGA Championship final month and completed far out of the lead on the U.S. Open.
He plans to take a couple of weeks off from competitors earlier than gearing up for a run at his 16th profession main subsequent month on the British Open, performed on an unfamiliar course to him at Royal Portrush in Northern Eire.
“I’m wanting ahead to getting up there and looking on the golf course and attempting to determine,” Woods mentioned. “I hope that my follow rounds are such that we get completely different winds, particularly on a golf course that I’ve by no means performed, and to get a distinct really feel the way it might play for the week. And undoubtedly need to do my homework as soon as I get there.”