Tiger Woods shoots 71, 'ran out of gas' at Tour Championship
Tiger Woods came into the Tour Championship with the easiest path to the FedEx Cup title but now he's all but out of the picture at East Lake.
Tiger Woods looked for a while like he would make a run at Henrik Stenson's lead at the Tour Championship on Friday -- or at least put a dent in it. Instead he fell completely out of contention with a second-round 71 that include a triple bogey on the 17th hole.
According to Mike O'Malley of GolfDigest, Woods only had 11 double bogeys and five "others" on the season coming into this round and he had one of each on the back nine.
After his round Woods blamed his poor play on fatigue.
"I put everything I had into that start and didn't have anything left at the end. Ran out of gas."
That's not something you normally hear from the well-conditioned Woods but in his defense the conditions are quite hot and Woods doesn't often play four straight tournaments like he's doing these playoffs.
Speaking of conditions, Tiger started out extremely hot on Friday as he shot a 32 on the front nine and had visions of 64 (or 63?) dancing in everyone's heads. But a back-nine 39 derailed his round as well as his tournament.
Here's a look at his card:
Woods' issue on Friday, as it has been for much of the year, was an inability to hit fairways. He only hit four of them (out of 14) and with 28 putts didn't do much recovering either.
According to Justin Ray of ESPN this is the first time since 1998 that Woods has opened the Tour Championship with back-to-back rounds over par.
With his poor second round in a row Woods will likely be more than 10 strokes back of the lead when the second day finally wraps up (he was 13 back at the time he finished playing).
The big question now is who, if anyone, Woods is handing the Player of the Year trophy over to. One would think that with Tiger out of contention that Adam Scott or Phil Mickelson has a chance to seize it.
Or maybe Woods will still win it, who knows.
All we know right now is that he won't be setting it next to his 2013 Tour Championship trophy.
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