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Tiger's verdict: "I'm not far off winning again"

 

Jordan Spieth, playing alongside Woods in the final round of The Players Championship, is taking some of the blame for the long-time former World No 1's double bogey at the notorious 17 hole's island green.

“I think I messed him up a little on 17,” said Spieth, who was to finish with a 2-over 74 in a tie for 41st.

“He went and looked in my bag, and saw I had used a 52-degree which makes for some pretty aggressive play. I had to draw it from the water. If he caught it right, he’s going to have a tap-in birdie. But when he caught it (it was blowing in the opposite direction) he was unlucky there.”

Woods downplayed Spieth’s suggestion, preferring to underline the strength of his overall game after fighting back from narrowly missing the cut and getting back into contention for at least a top-five finish with a third round 65.

If it was blowing down off the right, then it’s a sand wedge,” said Woods.“I just happened to get that wrong turn (of wind). I got a puff that came back in my face. That’s just the way it goes. I hit good shots all day long.”

That watery double bogey at 17 nullified to some extent the old brilliance he had shown on the front nine when he notched up six birdies in 12 holes, but Woods was clearly boosted by his strong weekend finish.

The two-time Players Champion and 79-time PGA Tour winner eventually finished in a tie for 11th, but his weekend performance was certainly good enough to have him say, "I played so well this weekend; unfortunately, I just didn't cash in.

"There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year. But now I feel like I've got my playing feel back and I'm playing tournament golf. "I'm not that far off from winning golf tournaments again."

Spieth agreed: "He'll win sometime soon. He's certainly playing well enough to do it."

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.