"And I saw some really good signs last week in Boston and I'm continuing to see good signs this week".
"Solid but not spectacular, " his how Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava, described the round.
"Cheese steaks, I guess", Rose said. "But it was there to be had. Whenever you hit it like that, it's hard not to make birdies". Much depends on Justin Thomas, who was only four shots behind. I think if we do play, the problem might be ball in hand everywhere through the entire way - through the green.
Less than 24 hours after firing an eight-under 62 to share the first-round lead with Tiger Woods in the third FedEx Cup playoff event at Aronimink, the world number eight had to settle for a one-under 69 that leaves him tied for seventh on nine-under-par heading into today's third round.
"If you carry it 300, 310 off the tee, it's a massive advantage". After missing the fairway, Woods blasted a 5-wood out of the thick stuff and almost made it onto the green.
"Yes, the goal is to get into the top-five, but I can't do that without focusing and giving 100 per cent on each individual shot".
Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the first green.
And Woods is not exactly suited for a shootout.
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"I didn't make any putts", Woods said after a round that included 33 putts, six more than Thursday. Taking Wednesday off proved beneficial.
Woods endured eight holes before his first birdie and didn't have many after that.
"It feels good", Woods said. "Shooting 29 on the front nine helps".
Remember the PGA Championship? He birdied three of the last four for a 67.
As for Woods, he said, "Very simple". My approach play, my wedge play has been much better. This moved Hideki Matsuyama to 1 under for the round.
He hit every green in regulation. He took advantage of wider fairways and needed just 27 putts.
It was just the fourth time in 17 tournaments in 2018 that Woods opened with a round under par. And he finally got some putts to drop for the first time since the final round of the PGA Championship. I've hit hundreds of millions of putts with the damn thing. I can accept that.
Earlier, the 42-year-old American rushed to the turn in 29 strokes, including a five-foot eagle at the par-five 16th.
Woods ended previous year ranked 656 in the world but has risen to 26 on the back of what has been a consistent and largely uninterrupted season after spinal fusion surgery. Can it continue? It's too early to go insane thinking about the possibilities, but Woods did himself no harm Thursday.