Tiger Woods Looked Miserable in Dubai
Tiger Woods got off to a slow start on Thursday, that start never changed at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
“No, I wasn’t in pain at all,” he said. “I was just trying to hit shots and I wasn’t doing a very good job. At the end I finally hit some good ones but the damage had already been done. On top of that, I could have hung in there, could have shot something near even par if I would have made some putts, but I made nothing.”
Woods putted a whooping 33 times in the first round. Woods did everything else well, managing to hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens. But he three-putted twice and was forced to hit long putts all day.
“I probably left about 16 putts short,” he said. “I just couldn’t get the speed of these things, and consequently, it added up to a pretty high number. … I just could not hit the putts hard enough. I left every putt short. What I thought was down grain, downwind, would be quick downhill and I still came up short. In the wind, uphill putts into the grain, I put a little more hinge on it trying to get a little more hit on it and it still didn’t work.”
Woods finished with the worst score in 29 rounds at Emirates Golf Club, a 5-over-par 77, leaving him 12 strokes behind lead Sergio Garcia. It’s highly doubtful that he will advance, looks like he will be going home early for the second time in two tournaments this year.
Woods has two more tournaments scheduled this month, the Genesis Open followed by the Honda Classic.