Putting woes hound Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods stood, hand on hip, and glared. Yet another putt that refused to drop, yet another birdie opportunity wasted. All the moves Woods made... More Below... Posted by on Aug 15th, 2010 and filed under Golf.

Tiger Woods stood, hand on hip, and glared. Yet another putt that refused to drop, yet another birdie opportunity wasted.

All the moves Woods made in the third round were in the wrong direction after pulling within five strokes of the lead Saturday morning and giving the plod-along PGA Championship some badly needed buzz. At 3-under 213, he had to close birdie-birdie just to stay even for the day and trails leader Nick Watney by 10 strokes.

Woods said, “Ironically enough, today I hit the ball better than I did the first two days. I made nothing. You have to putt. I stuffed it in there early on the first few holes and made nothing, and also had a few other putts on the front nine. No matter how good you hit it, you’ve still got to make putts. I just didn’t do that today.”

The turmoil in Woods’ personal life has spilled over into his golf game, and he arrived at Whistling Straits fresh off the worst performance of his career. Last week at Firestone, a course where he has won seven times, he shot 18-over 298 and beat only one player in the 80-man field.

(Thanks to Tampa Bay Online and Keith Allison)