Tiger Woods Fights to Remain in Contention for the Grand Finale

Tiger Woods Fights to Remain in Contention for the Grand Finale

Tiger Woods Fights to Remain in Contention for the Grand Finale – Tiger Woods is 6 behind leader, needs Top-3 finish to qualify for the season Finale

Tiger Woods has 3 more days at the BMW Championship to rise into top-4 and stay for the Tour Championship he won couple of years back. The fifteen-time Major champion seemed alright at even par through 15 holes at the tough Olympia Fields, before he was hit by a hat-trick of bogeys that saw him fall to three-over for the day and 6 behind the leader, Hideki Matsuyama.

Scoring was tough on the opening day, when only three players broke par because the greens were firm and playing really tough and there have been no bogey free rounds.

Woods shot a 73 including a bogey on his last three holes for a share of 35th place. Woods said, “The course was fine. The course is in perfect shape. Not the way I wanted to end .”

The latest projections, which change with each round, indicate Woods needs a tied-third or better to advance to the TOUR Championship.

FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Dustin Johnson opened with a 1-over 71, ending a streak of 12 straight rounds within the 60s to lie four back of Matsuyama.

Rory McIlroy was among 10 players who finished at 70 and felt the day was a hit . He hasn’t registered a top 10 since golf returned from the coronavirus shutdown in June, and he conceded to being lethargic without fan energy.

The 28-year-old Asian star Matsuyama holed a 67-foot birdie putt on his last hole to leap into the lead within the penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Matsuyama has been without a win for 3 years – he won the Hero World Challenge in December 2016 then twice, including a WGC and Phoenix Open in 2017, but has not tasted a win since.

After starting on 10th, and delivering one-over, he had four birdies on his inward nine, draining some long putts – 11 feet on first and a 21-footer on seventh. Then came the large one on ninth for a 3-under 67.

Matsuyama’s weapon of the day was his putter whilst he found only six fairways. Matsuyama also overcame three bogeys against two birdies for an outward 36 on each day .

Matsuyama’s form entering in the week has been steady with top-30 finishes in his last three starts.

Sources: TheHinduBusinessLine, Twitter

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