Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed share leadership when Tiger Woods falters in Bahamas
MIAMI: US Open champion Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed shared the leadership on Wednesday in the Hero world challenge as tournament host Tiger Woods hesitated late the Bahamas .
Woodland and former champion Masters Reed shot six under par 66 in windy Albany Golf Club: showing the kind of solid golf that the United States Presidents Cup captain, Woods, expected to see from the couple when he selected them for this month's showdown with Ernie Els' international team.
Woods himself had problems, improving from two to ten holes to reach three below before closing with a bogey and double bogey in a par 72 pair.
Woods rose to the standings with birdies at 11, 13 and 14, followed by an eagle at 15, where his green card received two rebounds and rolled into the hole.
I did it a little behind in the back nine, got into the mix and then bad shots at 17 and 18, said Woods.
Woods was not the only player who had problems in the closing hole of Albany, where Patrick Cantlay ended up with a quad spectrum and Jordan Spieth A triple bogey.
Despite the disappointing ending, Woods was not discouraged by his game.
I didn't get well today, he said. My short game was excellent, I did very well, I only took a couple of poor iron shots that cost me a few shots.
Woodland said keeping him on the street was the key to his round, which included eight birdies and two bogeys.
The wind was complicated, he said. Fortunately I handled the ball very well, I gave myself many looks from the street, what you have to do.
Obviously, when you have a lot of little birds, you see putts, so, overall, it's a good day.
It's good to make the game have a tendency in the right direction, he added. Obviously, next week is a great week, but so is this week.
Reed, who made four birdies in a row from 13 to 16 to join Woodland in the six-under, said patience was key in difficult conditions.
When this wind blows this way, you are going to hit some good putts and big blows that are not going to work out very well, he said. And you're going to hit some bad guys that go your way.
Woods organizes this event of 18 people for the benefit of his charitable foundation. He is not a US officer PGA Tour tournament, but offers world ranking points.
The 15-time important champion is also looking towards the Presidents Cup next week at Royal Melbourne, saying he is spending considerable time this week preparing himself and his players.
We have some things we need to discuss with the boys, some ideas, said Woods. We want to have a clear idea of what we want to do there because, obviously, once we get there, things work pretty quickly.