Fans in firing line of wayward Woods

Dublin: When Tiger Woods struggled on
Sunday, his fans felt his pain - three of them literally.

Woods hit three spectators en route his closing 72 at the
Memorial, his fourth tournament of the year and his last
tuneup before the US Open at Pebble Beach later this month.

"I kept hitting everybody out there today," said Woods,
who has a habit of giving an autographed golf glove to any
spectator he hits. "Thank God I get them for free."

Woods pulled his drive at the first and hit Jeramy May in
the neck.

At the second he hit a fan standing left of the fairway
in the back of the leg and at 15 he hit another spectator on
the hand.

Despite some wayward shots, Woods said he wasn`t too
disappointed with his first competitive outing in three weeks
- since a neck injury forced him out of the final round of the
Players Championship.

He was also playing without the guidance of swing coach
Hank Haney, after the two parted ways in the wake of the

The week before that tournament Woods had missed the cut
at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

Asked what he learned about his game at Memorial - a
tournament he has won four times, Woods laughed.

"Well, I`m capable of playing four rounds in a row," he

"I need to be able to shape the ball both ways
comfortably," he said more seriously. "I was able to do that
most of the week here this week, which was good. I hit some
shots that I hadn`t hit in a long time."

Woods opened and closed his week with even-par 72s at
Muirfield Village, with two 69s in between.

"I felt like this week I hit some really good shots,
shots that I have been lacking," Woods said. "It`s just one of
those things where I still need some work at home."

Woods nabbed three birdies in the front nine on Sunday,
but also two bogeys to go with a bogey at the par-three 16th.

"Still not quite right," he said of his tee shots. "Not
enough air. I felt a little bit defensive. I was hitting the
ball, basically, too easy and just putting it in play instead
of going ahead and just letting it go.”

"Then I was trying to place the ball on the correct side
of the fairway to give myself angles," he added. "Maybe I was
trying to do that too much instead of just hitting it down
there like everybody else is."

Bureau Report


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