AUSTIN, Texas — Tiger Woods had a number of spectacular moments — together with hitting a shot left-handed from below a tree and saving par — nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to beat Brandt Snedeker on Thursday at Austin Nation Membership.
Woods struggled to hit the ball shut in windy situations and had a poor day on the greens, falling to Snedeker 2 and 1 on the second day of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship.
He’ll want a victory and a few assistance on Friday to be able to advance to the ultimate 16 gamers and the knockout stage of the match.
Woods declined to talk with the media afterward, telling a PGA Tour media official that “all I can do is hopefully get some extent tomorrow and see if that’s ok.”
The highest participant in every of 16 teams advances to the weekend. Snedeker now controls his destiny, as a win Friday towards Aaron Sensible would clinch his spot within the ultimate 16.
Woods wants a victory over Patrick Cantlay — who defeated Sensible Four and a couple of — and a Snedeker loss to advance. If Snedeker and Sensible tie, then Woods would go to a sudden-death playoff with Snedeker to find out the group winner.
“It was tough situations on the market at this time,” Woods mentioned. “The wind was pumping and if you happen to went round there with no bogeys, you in all probability win your justifiable share of holes. We each made a few errors on the market, however he made a number of much less errors than I did.”
Woods’ greatest got here on the par-Four 13th, when trailing by only a gap, he went first off the tee with an iron and pumped it into the water. That led to a double-bogey 6 and allowed Snedeker to win the outlet and go 2-up with a bogey.
Earlier within the spherical, Woods selected to put up off the 10th tee, and was 100 yards behind Snedeker, who discovered the inexperienced. Woods hit a poor strategy that got here to relaxation below a tree, from the place he by some means bought it to five ft by hitting it left handed. He transformed the putt to save lots of the outlet, nevertheless it was one in all too few highlights.
Snedeker, a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, had performed with Woods 13 instances in PGA Tour rounds and by no means beat him — a stat he was unaware of.
“I do know he is beat me loads,” Snedeker mentioned. “I imply, it is Tiger. I do not get paired with him loads on Thursday or Friday. So if I am taking part in with him it is in all probability late on the weekend. If he is taking part in good, that is sometimes the place he’s. He is simply actually good at what he does.”
Simply not ok Thursday. Woods wanted 31 putts via simply 17 holes and had bother hitting quick iron photographs shut.
Snedeker gained the third gap with a birdie then gave it again with a bogey on the fourth. He went forward with a birdie on the par-6 sixth, the place Woods missed a birdie putt from 5 ft. Woods went 2 down with a three-putt bogey on the seventh, then bought inside one with a birdie on the eighth. He would by no means get the match tied once more.
After going 2-down via 14, Woods got here proper again with a birdie from a fairway bunker on the 14th, knocking it to 2 ft. However he could not make a birdie on the par-5, the place Snedeker put him within the 2-down gap.
“I am in all probability essentially the most hated man in Texas proper now for like the previous few holes,” Snedeker mentioned. “I wager you my children have been in all probability rooting for him late within the spherical.”