“I felt the adrenaline surge.”
World-class superstars sometimes settle all controversies with their skills. He proved why the ‘golf emperor’ is a world-class superstar. All the controversies were swallowed up by his best post-injury performance.
Tiger Woods played the 3rd round of the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize money of 20 million dollars) held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71, 7322 yards) in Pacific Palisades near Los Angeles, California on the 19th (Korean time). He changed 1 eagle, 3 birdies and 1 bogey to reduce 4 strokes. The 4 under par (67 strokes) is the best performance Woods has achieved in a tournament since suffering a major car accident in 2020.
Woods, who rebounded with the best performance after injury on Moving Day, said, “I liked the precision of the iron shot. Putting also improved the stroke and regained the old feeling a little. He recorded his first 4-under par since his injury, and felt the adrenaline rush for a long time. He expressed satisfaction, saying that being able to play on foot is a bigger challenge than better shots or putting.”
I had measles the day before. Woods, who was showing off a powerful shot reaching 323 yards at 180 miles per hour, put a sanitary pad in his hand when Justin Thomas’ tee shot flew less than his. Woods, who has returned to the PGA Tour, which is broadcast around the world after 7 months, is a subject of interest in every move. The thoughtless prank made it into the mouth of golf fans around the world, and received a lot of criticism. It infuriated enough that there were voices discussing gender sensitivity. Woods bowed his head, saying, “It was a joke I did without thinking,” and “I apologize to many people who must have been in a bad mood.”
In the third round amid controversy, he reduced two strokes in the first half only and proved himself to be a world-class superstar on the first hole of the second half, hole 1 (par 5, 509 yards). He hit the pin with an iron shot with 190 yards left to the hole with an exciting tee shot. The ball that landed on the green rolled towards the hole cup and passed by about one ball. It was not difficult to catch an eagle and received applause and cheers at the same time. 슬롯사이트
Woods said, “I made a lot of putting mistakes in the second round. When I received the advice to make a hook (winding to the left) stroke when putting, today (19th) I tried to push his right hand a little more in the direction of progress, and good results came out. He seems to have found a little bit of his old sense,” he explained. “I can make better chip shots and putts, but playing on foot is a bigger challenge for me. I can’t afford to think about whether or not to participate in the next competition. It is more important to complete the remaining 18 holes by relieving the fatigue accumulated in the ankles for tomorrow.”
As for the secret to achieving swing speed comparable to the heyday, “I couldn’t use 100% of the ground reaction force (due to a leg injury), so I did a lot of training to strengthen my core. If you cannot fully use your lower body, it is realistic to use your core to increase rotational power. I’m adjusting to changing the way I use power, and thanks to that, I was able to hit a more sophisticated iron shot today.”
Woods, who recorded an interim total of 3 under par 210, moved up 32 places in the rankings to tie for 26th. Although he is 12 strokes away from leader Yon Ram (15 under par, 198 strokes), he is only 3 strokes away from the tie for 10th place, so he can aim to enter the top 10.
Ram reduced 6 strokes that day, beating Max Homa (USA) by 3 strokes, and had 10 victories on the PGA Tour in sight. Among Korean players, Kim Joo-hyung (21, Nike) and Lim Seong-jae (25, CJ Logistics) tied for 45th with a 1-under 212 strokes.