The Twittersphere barely lit up Saturday as more Tiger Woods drama overshadowed the early Hero World Challenge coverage and the stellar play of Jordan Spieth (and that was before the 21-year-old posted 63 and a seven shot lead, Steve DiMeglio reports).
While Twitter was fairly quiet (or golf writers were out...golfing), Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker was all over Tiger's temperature and vomiting drama. And after he gutted out a 69 with two more flubbed wedge shots, Woods explained why he played on.
From Bob Harig's ESPN.com report:
"I like to compete,'' said Woods, who is at 216, even par. "If I can go, I can go. I'll give it everything I have. This is different. I wasn't in pain. Just was a bit under the weather.''
Woods had a 102-degree fever on Friday but thought he might be past the problems. Instead, they got worse. Woods looked terrible on the driving range, and several times stopped and bent over as if to vomit. He nonetheless birdied the first hole then added a bogey and birdie on the front side to turn in 35.
Adam Schupak of Golfweek describes Saturday's two chunked wedges and says they overshadow what has been the more glaring issue: putting.
Who would’ve thought his driver would look like the least rusty club in his bag in Woods' first competitive rounds since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August? The chipping woes that plagued his first two rounds continued. He chunked a chip a few feet from the Bermuda rough on the sixth hole and made bogey and then repeated Thursday’s blunder at 13 by lifting his head and stubbing it from a collection area. The ball returned to his feet and led to bogey. How bad has the chipping been? Well, fans were placing bets on Twitter if he’d do it again and someone created a parody account named “@DidTigerChunk.”
While his chipping shortcomings make for easy fodder, they have disguised how poorly he has putted so far. Woods hasn’t made a putt outside of 12 feet in three rounds.
Golf Central's report on the Woods drama and post-round comments.
Tiger also revealed after the round that his early year schedule will be different, getting the hopes up of tournament directors in Phoenix, Pebble Beach and Los Angeles that he may add one of the events he used to play regularly. My money is on Phoenix.
Jason Sobel reports for GolfChannel.com.