Return to old putter fails to help Woods

Tiger Woods was delighted with his performance from tee to green and in despair over his putting after the British Open final round.

Written by Reuters | St. Andrews | Published: July 19, 2010 12:46:46 am

Tiger Woods was delighted with his performance from tee to green and in despair over his putting after the British Open final round on Sunday.

“I drove it great all week,hit my irons pretty good and did not putt well except for the first day,” the world number one said after a closing 72 gave him a three-under tally of 285.

“I feel satisfaction in the sense I drove it on a string all week and hit my irons pretty good (but) you just can’t play and expect to win golf tournaments if you have nine or 10 three-putts for a week. No one can win doing that,” added Woods.

“Driving-wise,it’s better than it’s been in years. Iron play,not quite as sharp as I need to have it,and my putting is way off. I’ve got to clean that up before I tee it up again.”

At the start of the week Woods took the radical step of ditching the putter he had used for 11 years in favour of a new Nike model. The 34-year-old American put the old wand back in his bag on Sunday but was unable to exorcise the demons of the previous two rounds.

“The greens were a little bit faster today than they were the first day,” said Woods. “I just didn’t feel comfortable with my speed so I went back to my old putter. That’s just the way it goes. I’m not going to win all of them,I’ve lost a lot more than I’ve won.”

The 14-times major champion,attempting to capture a record third St Andrews Open after winning here in 2000 and 2005,said he needed to be less erratic. “I’ve got to keep building,keep putting things back to where they’re more consistent day in and day out,” said Woods.

The second of his double bogeys came at the par-four seventh where he was up against the wall of a fairway bunker. Woods then had to play back down the fairway before he pitched short and three-putted. Woods may have started the week wondering about the reception he would receive from Scottish fans as a result of the revelations over his extra-marital affairs last year. He need not have worried.

“The people were great,fantastic. Unfortunately I wasn’t in the lead but still it was very warm,” said Woods.

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