PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – For so many good iron shots he beat to give himself a chance on Saturday during the third round of the US Open, Tiger Woods hit just as many puzzling on the way to an even round of 71 leaving him 11 shots behind leader Gary Woodland.
Woods has been known for his hardness throughout his career and especially at the best times of his recurrence over the past two years from back surgery. . He beat only nine greens in regulation on Thursday and only 11 Saturday, several times coming up short, leaving you wondering about any physical problems.
Woods was predictably coy when asked about physical problems he was wearing KT tape – a therapeutic strip often worn to treat pain ̵
"When it's cold this is all bad," said Woods, who is tied for the 27th into Sunday. "It's just part of the deal."
Asked specifically about the neck strain that prevented him from competing in March at Arnold Palmer Invitational and if there was any correlation, Woods said: "It's all the same It has been so long this year, the forces have to go And if they are not in the lower part, they are in the neck, and if they are not, they lie in the middle of the back and if not, they go to the knee. You name it. "
Woods replied to the player's championship in March when he returned from the neck problem, and it is simply another example of Wood's fate, with four back operations. A few days, as he has often said, will not be as good as others.
He talked about it just because he was asked and did not suggest that it directly affected any of his shots Saturday.
"As I say, my back affects every shot I play. It's just part of the deal, he says. Met on some specific shots," said Woods: "Let me say this, I know every shot I hit. I think it will always be the case from here onwards. "
Woods started poorly, bogeying two of his first three holes before birdies on the fourth and fifth, but he couldn't lie on par 5, and then up and down down the rest of the round and hit some good practices, but also hit some poor.
He managed to return to equality for the round and tournament by pouring a long birdie putt on the 16th and then beating it on the 18th green in two and two-set for birdie.
"I started a horrible start and patted it around, but still gave me a chance, which is positive, Woods says. "And we'll see what the weather forecast is for tomorrow. There are many guys in front of me right now. Seems like everyone is doing what I would do earlier, which plays 2-4 people under couples through the first seven [holes]. We'll see what they come in.
"I was playing with Ben [An] today, and he played a hell of a round. Missed the ball in the right place, and that's what you have to do at this place. "
A 29, who won the American amateur 17 in 2009, shot 68 and played with Woods for the first time while moving near the top 10.
" I've always dreamed of playing golf with him, and especially that is The US Open on Pebble Beach, it's definitely something special, "said An, who kept his phone on Friday night to see the pairings for Saturday, he believes he can be mated with Woods.
" It felt like two and half an hour, "he said jokingly." I wanted to play with him, see how it is. And I got my wish. I'm glad I played a good round in front of the bunch. … He didn't have the best day, but he's still Tiger. It doesn't matter how he plays, just playing with him, that means a lot to me. "