Tough greens take toll as Lahiri misses cut, Tiger makes it

Justin Thomas

Woods had an unspectacular round of 71 in his return to Quail Hollow after a six-year absence - mostly due to his balky back - and figured it would keep him and everyone else fairly close to the lead on a course that made it tough for anyone to get separation.

"You've got to pick your spots where you can be aggressive", Day said.

Cheeky chips and poor putts sum up Tiger Woods' performance in the Wells Fargo Championship.

"I feel like it's right on the end of the tip", he said, smiling and rubbing together the tips of his fingers.

"The clubface was coming in just a touch left at impact, and then with the speed that I have, it just accentuates it". I was disappointed because I just didn't give a good account of myself on that final day.

He was at his best over the last three holes Friday.

Day bogeyed the fifth hole, but at the ninth, he started a string of five birdies in seven holes before finishing with three consecutive pars. He made birdie on the two scoring holes on the front nine.

"Then with the pressure of Sunday trying to chase Patrick down, it never quite clicked for me".

After his round, Woods said his putting struggles are "not fun", but he has made adjustments. But it got to the point where [his wife] Erica had to drag me out of the house and say, 'OK, we're going to go do something'.

At least he has the weekend. Now sitting at 14th in the Official World Golf Rankings, he said the goal is to get back there now healthy after an injury-riddled season past year.

He missed five putts from inside 10 feet and flirted with missing the cut before scraping through with a two-over 73 at Quail Hollow.

After a promising three-under-par 68 in the first round, Ogilvy shot a disastrous 10-over-par 81 to miss the cut.

But that's exactly what Jason Day did Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods said he remembers the speed of the bent grass greens in 2012.

His drive down the 18th, where he carded an eight in the third round of last year's PGA Championship at the course, flirted with the stream down the left but it remained dry, unlike his feet as he played a solid second shot onto the green with them planted in the water.

Even from the middle of the fairways on Nos. Of course, ending with a three-putt bogey didn't help.

He walked off the seventh green holding his putter, one hand on the grip, the other on the head, as if he wanted to break it in half. "I putted so terribly so much that I changed putters".

At the conclusion of his round, Woods was six shots behind co-leaders Peter Malnati and Peter Uihlein. "And I did that all day and, unfortunately, I didn't make anything until the last hole". After two days of quiet crowds and leaderboard congestion driven by demanding conditions, the third round felt more familiar. It is the most anticipated of the year and that's what I was trying to say. For me, it's the most special tournament that we play.


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