Tiger Woods has experienced some difficulty with the putter at times this year. He seemingly found a way to mitigate those issues during parts of the first round of the BMW Championship – he just needed to hit his approach shots closer to the hole. Event still, Woods missed several short putts that could have turned a good round into an excellent one. He three-putted two of three holes at one point, one of which was from just six feet away. I’m not exactly real happy,” Woods said. “I played well, I just didn’t get much out of it.”
Putting woes aside, Woods is definitely still in contention in the penultimate FedEx Cup Playoff event after firing a five under par 66 in the first round. He is just three shots behind leader Brandt Snedeker. Imagine if he could have avoided those three putts – he would be nipping at the heels of the leader. As it stands now, however, Woods is very much in the mix heading into the second round.
He carded seven birdies in the first round and his only two bogeys were on the holes that he three-putted. He still ranked a respectable 18th after the first round in putting average, coming in at 1.667. Four of the birdie putts he made on the day were from inside of seven feet, but several of the misses were from short distance as well.
There is no excuse for missing gimmie-length putts on an unsettlingly regular basis, especially for a PGA Tour pro. The underlying issue when it comes to missing putts of that length is concentration – not form. Woods just has to maintain his focus until the ball is in the cup and he should be able to make up the two or three shots that he gave away from short range today.