Monday , July 4 2022

Tiger Woods: ‘I can still grind it out with the best’

Tiger Woods took solace in the fact that he can still “grind it out with the best of them,” after he secured his best full-field finish at a PGA Tour event in more than two years.

The 14-time major winner never troubled the top of the leaderboard at the Farmers Insurance Open in California, finishing at three under par, seven shots off the lead.
But he carded four birdies in a closing 72 on Sunday, giving himself a first official top-30 finish since the Wyndham Championship over two years ago.
“I played a lot better today,” said Woods of his final round performance which saw him end up tied for 23rd position, one shot ahead of world No. 2 John Rahm.
“I was pleased after not playing for a couple of years,” Woods added, having taken a number of shots from what he described as “weird lies” following wayward drives.
The tournament was yet to be decided at the close of play Sunday, with bad light forcing organizers to postpone the decisive playoff.
Alex Noren, Jason Day and Ryan Palmer had all tied at 10 under after four rounds, with the latter eliminated after only making par on the first playoff hole.
In the end it was former world No. 1 Day who triumphed, with the Australian edging out Noren of Sweden for the $1,242,000 top prize on Monday.
It is the 11th PGA Tour title of the 30-year-old’s career and first since the 2016 Players Championship.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Day told the PGA Tour, alluding to his close relationship with his mother, Dening. “I know that last year wasn’t the greatest season for me and I had a lot of stuff going on off course. It was a little distracting with my mother obviously having cancer. It’s special because I worked very hard in the off-season to try to get back to this position.
“I was up all night last night just thinking about getting the next win, number 11, and you know I’m really happy. I had my best mate on the bag and it was a nice way to go.”
Day had an MRI scan a little over a week ago, and acknowledged he is planning to change a few things in his swing to relieve some of the pressure on his back.
“Going back to earlier this week, I never thought I was actually going to play because of my back,” he said. “I’m just very thankful for my whole team. We just had to stay patient. Obviously my goal is to get back to world No. 1, and this is a good step in the right direction.

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