Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler confused by slow greens at Wells Fargo Championship

Arnold Nichols
May 5, 2018

Tiger Woods is in danger of missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, but a birdie at the last could prove priceless for his chances of making the weekend.

Woods actually did make a couple of big putts, a 25-footer for birdie at the par-4 eighth and a 15-footer to save par at the 17th. He didn't birdie any of the par 5s after being in greenside bunkers on two of them and leaving himself a 6-foot birdie putt on the other.

"I hit the ball fine, I struggled with my speed all day", he told the Golf Channel.

Woods said earlier in the week the greens were "springy" and doubled down on the sentiment Friday. "That's not a combo that you find very often, where they're firm but on the slower side", he said. What I was feeling and sensing just didn't match up. "If I just putt normal I'm right there". "I made some good swings, hit some good putts, and 68 is a good way to start".

"The guys previous year that played the PGA were telling me how quick they are and how slippery they were", Woods said.

Tiger Woods believes he hit the ball fine Thursday, but struggled with the speed of the greens. However, the way Woods has fallen to that 2-over number has been a stunner. "The golf course has gotten more hard, a lot longer".

The latter missed cut was the last time Woods played here, but he can't shake the knowledge of the way the greens used to play. 1, 2, and 3.

Rory McIlroy pitiches up to the sixth green during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. His finish there was the second worst of the six starts he's made since returning to the PGA Tour (he missed the cut in the Genesis Open).

Woods started the day off with two bogeys in the first five holes, and has yet to birdie a single hole during his second round. When that fell into the center of the cup, he raised his arms as if to say "finally!" and grinned in relief. Playing his first tournament since switching from Nike irons to TaylorMades, Woods displayed few issues with the transition, hitting 13 of 18 greens in regulation and carving several shots in to hard hole locations.

The first groups off Tees 1 and 10 begin their rounds at 7 am EST. After finishing his round and speaking to the media, Woods went to a practice green to work on his putting.

"Hopefully, this weekend I'll hit it the way I've been hitting it and get a hot putter on the weekend". "I'm sure they'll keep them around where they are right now".

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