Tiger Woods Struggles At Quail Hollow With First Round 74

April 30th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

As Tiger Woods came to the 2010 Masters after not competing in five months, the public expected to see rust.  What they got was a stark contrast in the opening round.

As Woods began his second tournament of the 2010 PGA Tour season at Quail Hollow however, a two-over par round of 74 was what many had expected to see earlier this month.

Between tee shots that could not find the fairway, approach shots that were not close to pins, and putts that were off on both speed and line, Woods struggled all day.

“It wasn’t just the driver, it was everything; I had a two-way missing going, which is great,” Woods said in a post-round interview “It was one of those days.”

Woods carded an over-par round for the first time in his five rounds to date, as he was in the red each of the four days in the 2010 Masters three weeks ago.

Woods’ two-over-par round saw him make a double-bogey on the par-3 17th hole when he put his tee shot in the water.

On the day, the world’s top-ranked player hit only four fairways and nine greens in regulation.

He finds himself a full nine shots off of the lead of Bo Van Pelt, who carded a 7-under round of 65.

“I was struggling so bad today,” Woods remarked. “I didn’t know which way it was going to go. I was just trying to piece a round together. One good round tomorrow and I can get back in it.”

Woods started on the back nine, and completed his round on No.9 with a bogey.

“I try and be easy on myself, but I know what I can do and I’m not doing it,” Woods stated. “It’s just a matter of carrying it to the golf course. And I haven’t done that yet.”

Woods got his round off to a solid start with a birdie on his first hole, but struggled from there.

“I had my head down, struggling,” Woods said. “I was dropping balls out of hazards and playing balls out of trees. I had my own issues out there.”

In his post-round conference, someone asked whether or not he would go to the range after.

“I’m not going to the range today,” Woods responded. “Hell with it.”

Masters champion Phil Mickelson was also making his debut since his victory at Augusta.  Mickelson recorded a 2-under round of 70, and is currently in 15th position.

“I’ll take it, but I’ve actually had some good omens when I’ve not felt good,” Mickelson remarked after his round. “The last couple times where this has happened, I’ve ended up playing very well and even won at Doral a year ago. So it’s a good omen. I just need to just pace myself, which I did, and played well. I may have run out of a little bit of energy there toward the end, but I hit some good shots and was able to shoot a decent round for the first round.”

Woods has gone from the betting favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks, to sixth, at 12/1, with Mickelson second at 8/1.

Share
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.

=
Best USA Gambling Sites
Top USA Casinos
Visit Casino
Top USA Sportsbooks
Bookmaker Sportsbook
DSI Sportsbook
Top USA Poker Rooms