Posted on Golf 365 - January 31, 2014
"Tiger Woods' poor performance with the driver continued at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.
Following a four-under 68 on day one, Woods put together an uninspiring one-over 73 in his second round to leave him on three-under for the tournament, trailing leader Rory McIlroy by eight shots.
After finding the first three fairways with no problem at all, the world number one would only hit one more for the rest of the round. Out of those, he used his driver ten times and found the fairway just twice.
"I didn't hit it very good today,'' said Woods, who is tied for 44th.
"Ironically enough, I felt great with the putter, but feeling great with the putter from 40, 50 feet is not exactly the best thing. I just didn't hit it close enough. Didn't hit it well. Struggled with it and had a bad warm-up as well. Just one of those days.''
After a birdie on the par five third, Woods struggled to get into good positions to attack the pin, especially on the remaining par fives, which he pared.
So far in the two rounds, the American has only hit 11 out of 28 fairways and 22 of the 36 greens. However, his short game is excellent at the moment as Woods has managed to get up and down for par 13 out of 14 times.
Nevertheless, the 14-time major winner believes his driver problems can be rectified.
"I've been hitting hot pulls, and every one of those things has some serious heat on it, which is nice. I just need to get it online,'' said the 38-year-old.
"I would rather hit the hot pull than the big flame-out, crop duster to the right. The hot pull is fine because it's easy to fix; it's getting down there and just have to aim it a little bit more.''
Despite talking an extended break from golf, Woods insists he is not rusty and he will get back to top form soon enough."