After guiding himself through a first round 68 at the Dubai Desert Classic in which he could find the fairway with Google Maps, Tiger Woods struggled again off the tee but this time couldn't score with the putter.
Woods only hit four of 14 fairways but stumbled to 30 putts this time and a 1-over 73 which leaves him eight shots off playing partner Rory McIlroy.
Tiger humorously told ESPN after his round that he enjoyed the sights and sounds of Dubai, regardless.
"I was on so many parts of the golf course today that I got to meet so many people, signed so many autographs out there, and gave a lot of balls away," said Woods. "But seriously, I was just hitting it sideways."
Tiger made three bogeys and just two birdies and the score could have actually been a lot worse if not for some decent play around the green.
Scrambling par at 17. Thank goodness for his short game today.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) January 31, 2014
Woods reiterated the sentiment.
"Ironically enough, I felt great with the putter," Woods said. "But feeling great with the putter from 40, 50 feet is not exactly the best thing. I just didn't hit it close enough. Didn't hit it well. Struggled with it and had a bad warm-up as well. Just one of those days."
Woods, who is 3 under and T44 overall so far, has had a few of those days so far this season and while I still think it's way too early to eulogize the entire year, something is up.
Old coach Hank Haney suggested that Woods was maybe hitting the gym too much after Woods' 79 at the Farmers Insurance Open last week.
Woods (sort of) didn't deny that in Dubai on Friday.
After claiming he wasn't rusty, Tiger said today he "took a long break" for the past 6 weeks "and didn't do much" except work on his body.— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) January 31, 2014
Whatever the case, Tiger is going to have a hell of a time trying to catch McIlroy who was under par for the second straight day (and 11 under for the tournament).
Especially with continued inconsistency in his driving (Woods has only hit 11 of 28 fairways so far).
He told Golf Channel he knows whats wrong and it's definitely fixable.
"I just wasn't able to get in a position where I can dial it in consistently," said Woods. "The hot pull is fine. It's easy to fix."
"I just need to get the game to come around. I need a lot of wind on the weekend and to play two great rounds."
He's going to need a lot more than that.