Expectations are much higher in 2019, and even Tiger Woods will admit to this. After 2018, where Tiger Woods was feeling his way around, contending in multiple events and claiming his 80th title in the PGA Tour, the prospect was unavoidable.
However, this doesn’t mean that Tiger Woods is getting ahead of himself in 2019 and impatiently looking to add to his total victories this early on in the year. This is essentially the primary reason why he decided to skip the Sentry Tournament of Champions that took place earlier this month.
It’s also the reason why he was full of smiles on Sunday after he finished the Farmers Insurance Open even though he fell out of contention on Friday where he finished 11 strokes behind Justin Rose who was the winner of the event.
The First Tournament for Tiger Woods in 2019
“If you take a look at where I was on Thursday, compared to where I was on Sunday, you will notice that I did much better,” Woods stated after the final round where he was tied for 20th place. “I managed to drive the ball better and hit the irons much cleaner. I had some issues with my putts, but I managed to get some in along the way. I still have a few months to prepare for the Masters in April and therefore things are looking up and I’m heading in the right direction.”
The first tournament for Tiger Woods should be seen as a major success. Even though he had problems with his putting, there were actually no major concerns to stress about. Woods didn’t have any problem with his tee shots as he found 31 out of 56 fairways during the week. He managed to rank 30th when it comes to strokes gained off the tee and was ranked 10th in terms of strokes gained from tee to green. When it comes to approaching to the green, he was ranked 12th. There also wasn’t any indication of his injury during the tournament.
He essentially needed 118 putts for the week, and there were several opportunities during the tournament that he missed. The missed opportunities caused him to miss a place in the top 10 finishers. During the final 9, he managed to drop a few. However, he still three-putted a par 5 which denied him a birdie. It did help with the frustration he had during the earlier stages of the round.
“I didn’t read the course correctly,” Woods stated. “This is where a lot of panic was created. I need to do something completely different. I have to work on this to rectify this problem before the next tournament. Although I was hitting the ball on all my lines, I didn’t hit the ball on the correct line. When I was able to read them right, the ball managed to go in. I merely need to read my putts correctly to improve my overall play.”