Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tiger Woods 'absolutely' confident he can win another major title

Tiger Woods 'absolutely' confident he can win another major title

"I came to my first U.S. Open and I wanted to enjoy it, and I hated it". "Whether I do or not at the end of today, I'm really happy with where I'm at, and have an opportunity to play well [Sunday] and post a good U.S. Open". "I gathered myself after that, but if you hit it in the rough, you can't make par".

"You were seeing shots that were well played and not rewarded", said Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA.

Woods birdied his last two holes, the eighth and ninth at Shinnecock Hills, to have the slimmest of chances to make the weekend. Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Ian Poulter, and Scott Piercy finished the day in a four-way tie for first at 1-under par. This caused quite a bit of problems for numerous big names at the top of the leaderboard, including world number one Dustin Johnson, who entered the day with a four-stroke lead as the only player under par. Then at No. 4, his drive found a fairway bunker, but his second shot bounced twice and fell into the hole. Unfortunately, he bogeyed both those holes to miss out by one shot.

Thirty holes into the Open he was 11-over-par and going nowhere.

Johnson, who has been with the PGA since 2004, said he feels bad for everyone involved with the famed tournament, but in his opinion, they've let the high level of the course fall apart.

"There was a couple of holes yesterday and a couple today that I wish I could get back but that's the way it is". "I think there's a 4-, 5-, 6-under par round there".

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He chipped once and it came back to his feet. "Shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, and I'll be just fine, " Woods said. Fox Sports Golf host Holly Sonders and golf course design analyst Gil Hanse on the 2018 U.S.

There won't be an inspiring weekend return to the tournament for Tiger Woods, nor a fifth major championship for Rory McIlroy. I hated a lot of U.S. Opens through the years because I've gone home early and I haven't had the finish that I would have liked.

Woods looked certain to miss the US Open cut for just the third time in his career as a bogey at his 15th hole - the par-four sixth - pushed him to 12-over for the tournament.

After Woods set the putter down behind his ball on the 10th green, he backed away when the ball moved.

Unusual was referring to the eight-over-par 78 Woods shot in Thursday's first round, his worst-ever score at a U.S. Open. And [it] just goes to the set-up.

Playing partner Andrew Johnston called it a "moment of madness" but Mickelson, a five-time major champion, insisted it wasn't just a display of petulance.

"Shoot something in the 60s tomorrow, and I'll be just fine", Woods said.

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Odd was impressed with the way Woods steadied himself for a time, until a four-putt at the 13th hole undid all the hard work he had done to steady the ship. You know, if I would have putted like I did the beginning of the year with this ball striking, that would be ideal. "What would break other players, he just shrugs off".

"So coming in this week, feeling good about my game, feeling good about the course, I kind of love it". Johnson hit 8-iron that went a little deep to the back of the green with a front pin, and all he cared about was the right speed.

"You're not going to beat many people doing that". Then he replaced the ball and made the putt for par.

Then Woods steadied. He never looked like a three-time U.S. Open victor - most recently in 2008 - but he played the rest of the front side in 1 under. He has had nine top-10s and now seven missed cuts.

Fleetwood finished fourth at Erin Hills previous year and is relishing another tough challenge over the weekend as he looks to become only the third English victor of the US Open since 1924.

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