Woods endures another erratic day at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio, (Reuters) – Tiger Woods again mixed the  good with the bad on his PGA Tour return as he toiled to a  two-over-par 72 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational yesterday in only his third tournament round in three months.     Shaking his head in disgust with each missed putt or wayward  tee shot, the former world number one battled to a one-over  total of 211 as most of his rivals gorged themselves on birdies  at Firestone Country Club.

Woods, whose previous tour event was the Players  Championship in May, recorded four bogeys and two birdies to end  the third round 13 strokes off the lead, a day of frustration  summed up by a missed three-foot par putt at the last.

“I didn’t putt well again today,” the 35-year-old American  told reporters after totalling 33 putts in bright morning  sunshine on Firestone’s heavily tree-lined South Course.

“I had two horseshoes, three-putted 18 and then made a bogey  with a sand wedge on 16. That’s four shots right there I just  threw away.”

As ever, though, Woods preferred to dwell on all the  positives.
“The iron game was back,” he said. “I started getting a feel  in my hands and just about every iron shot was on my number,  which was great. “Today I didn’t hit the ball well starting off but I fixed  it, put it together again and really hit it good coming home.

“I started hitting the ball the right flight, the right traj  (trajectory). Every tee shot was flush and everything was back  to where it was at the beginning of the week.”

Woods is a seven-times champion at Firestone but he started  the week under closer scrutiny than usual after missing the last  two majors while sidelined by leg injuries.

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