POTOMAC. – Tiger Woods produced his best final round since 2012 for a fourth-place finish on Sunday at the US PGA Quicken Loans National, a new putter reviving his game ahead of the British Open.
The 14-time major golf champion fired a four-under-par 66 at TPC Potomac, his lowest final-round score since a 63 at the 2012 CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur, for the second-best showing in his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery.
“It feels good. Even my bad putts still had the ‘go in’ look,” Woods said. “That’s something that I haven’t had. When I was struggling there for a little bit, I couldn’t even cheer for my good ones.”
Woods said his ability to make long putts consistently with his new mallet putter, given its first competitive test this week, has boosted his confidence ahead of his next start at the British Open in three weeks at Carnoustie.
Woods is visualiSing putts better, striking the ball with more confidence and showing more signs of the form that has brought him 79 US PGA titles, but none since 2013. “I’m seeing the lines again, I’m rolling the ball on my line, I’ve got the speed and I really like the swing of this putter,” Woods said.
“I rolled the ball well this week. I’m starting to see it, starting to feel it and I had the pace pretty much good all week. “The putts I missed, I hit a lot of good ones, which I don’t mind because I hadn’t been doing that for a while, so this was nice.” Woods even asked National winner Francesco Molinari of Italy about his secret after shooting 62.