MEXICO CITY — For the second straight day, Tiger Woods was understandably and visibly irritated with himself after struggling on the greens at Membership de Golf Chapultepec and squandering an opportunity at a low rating.
And for the second day in a row Sunday, Woods declined to speak about it.
Golfers throughout all skilled excursions decline media requests after poor rounds, however Woods has been the uncommon sort to be accountable for good and dangerous — and he is additionally the one one requested each time.
Woods skipped only one post-round media session final 12 months however now has two in a row on the WGC-Mexico Championship, the post-tournament recap refusal one thing that hasn’t occurred in years.
A final-round 2-under-par 69 and a 10th-place tie appears nice, however Woods once more had a maddening variety of missed putts, making simply three birdies in his spherical, operating his whole of three-putts for the event to 6 and squandering a chance for a excessive end.
Chatting with a PGA Tour media official afterward, Woods acknowledged bettering finishes in his three tournaments, however “sadly I did not putt effectively these final two tournaments and it has not been good,” he stated.
Woods wasn’t going to win, not with Dustin Johnson once more going low to publish a five-stroke victory over Rory McIlroy. However at 276, eight underneath par, Woods (13 photographs again of Johnson) definitely was in place for a top-five end in a World Golf Championship occasion he has gained seven occasions however which he was taking part in for the primary time in Mexico.
As he did Saturday, Woods birdied the primary two holes. He missed a 6-footer for a birdie on the par-5 sixth and bogeyed the eighth after a poor drive to show in 34, 1 underneath par.
However his frustrations actually started on the 10th, the place he had a very good likelihood from 10 toes. On the 11th, a par-5, he three-putted from 58 toes — his sixth three-putt of the week. He missed from Four toes on the 12th — and needed to make a Four-footer for par, earlier than changing a 5-footer on the 13th for his closing birdie.
Tiger Woods was once more annoyed Sunday by poor placing. AP Photograph/Christian Palma
At 14, he missed from 16 toes. On the par-5 15th, Woods was over the inexperienced in 2, chipped to five toes and missed. He drilled an iron shot to five toes on the 15th and did not even hit the outlet, missed a 6-footer for an additional birdie on the 17th and ended by two-putting from 13 toes on the final gap.
For the weekend, Woods hit 31 of 36 greens however performed these holes in simply three underneath par.
“I do not know what to say. I actually cannot clarify how dangerous I putted. The putts I assumed I hit effectively did not go in,” he later advised GolfTV, with which he has a monetary association. “The putts I hit dangerous had been simply atrocious. The one factor I can take away from this week is I actually had good really feel for hitting the ball pin excessive, which is basically the one comfort for the week.”
Woods additionally lamented his placing final weekend on the Genesis Open, the place he had 4 three-putts in a single spherical and 6 for the event, calling it one of many worst placing performances of his profession. He once more had six three-putts right here (together with a four-putt Saturday), giving him back-to-back tournaments with that many for the primary time since 1997.
The placing points marred an in any other case strong exhibiting. Woods performed conservatively off the tee, however ranked seventh in strokes gained tee to inexperienced and first in strokes gained on method to the inexperienced. However these 66 putts over the weekend (35 on Saturday, 31 on Sunday) prevented him from going low.
He has now completed tied for 20th on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, tied for 15th on the Genesis and tied for 10th right here. He earned a bit of FedEx Cup factors and moved up one spot to No. 12 on the planet.
“I will perform a little little bit of training and loads of coaching to try to be prepared for the subsequent couple of weeks,” he advised the tour media official.
That begins on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which begins March 7, adopted by the Gamers Championship, the subsequent two tournaments he is introduced he’ll play.
At the very least at these occasions, he will not need to putt on the difficult poa annua grass that he is been annoyed with in his three event begins this 12 months. There it will likely be Bermuda grass, and Woods will look to kind out a placing stroke that gave him suits.