by Jeff Skinner
You have heard it a million times: “drive for show and putt for dough.” That’s the case at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship where Tiger Woods drove the ball well but could not find his putting stroke. He needed 35 putts to get around the course and still shot a very respectable two under par. If he putts like this over the next three days he won’t be putting for much dough on Sunday.
Tiger set himself well all day by hitting 10 of 14 fairways and averaged 300 yards with his driver. And he hit an amazing 17 of 18 greens. But that’s where his game left him. 35 putts left him muttering about how grainy these greens are and how he couldn’t find the speed of the greens.
Conversely, one of his playing partners, Rory McIlroy who shares the lead with Robert Karlsson at -5, only hit six fairways and 12 greens but only used 25 putts. Leader Karlsson used one less at 24. Drive for show, putt for dough, was never more appropriate.