Ahead of golf's oldest Major championship returning to the Angus links course in July, Padraig replayed one of the toughest stretches in golf - holes 1, 16, 17 & 18 - the playoff holes that witnessed the Irishman win the first of his consecutive Open Championship titles 11 years ago. "I said it Sunday at Wells Fargo (where he tied for fifth), I was anxious about energy this week". And he drove it really well last week at Wells Fargo to end the week seventh in driving distance and 15 in strokes gained off the tee.
'Rory is committed to helping build the strongest field we can get and I am sure he has taken the time to chat with the guys on the PGA Tour informally. Mickelson followed up a 79 with 73, while Fowler made back-to-bag double-bogeys on the back nine to finish at one-over for the two days.
At Woods' news conference later at Sawgrass he was asked about Mickelson's proposition. His issues were the opposite of what they were on Thursday, which has epitomized his last three events.
"The way I was feeling today, I should have shot something in the 60s", Woods said after the round.
"Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round".
Woods finished tied for 32nd at the U.S. Masters in April, his first appearance at a major championship since 2015.
"I had good touch with my speed, I just didn't quite read them exactly the best a couple times", he said.More news: F1 driver describes details of nasty crash that destroyed his vehicle
". I think it says that if you can play golf at the highest level imagine how comfortable it is in the office".
Woods reached out to Mickelson as his wife, Amy, battled breast cancer.
Woods, an 18-time Major victor, said a year ago that he would "love to play Carnoustie again". Woods hopes to give them their money's worth. "They wanted to get fans in here on Thursday and then on Friday, so they had one of us in the afternoon either day".
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"It's not a very long golf course".
Fowler missed an 18-foot birdie try, Woods missed his 8-footer for par and the moment was gone by the time the group began the lengthy walk across property, past the clubhouse toward the first tee to underwhelming fanfare. "It's always been a blast". He can't get anything going, couldn't deliver one of those explosive runs from yesteryear, as one aspect or another of his arsenal continues to let him down.