• Shot his first bogey-free round in nearly two years on Sunday
• Heads into the Open at St Andrews with confidence
Tiger Woods has reflected on a ‘very positive week’ at the Greenbrier Classic after four solid rounds, which included his first bogey-free for almost two years.
The 39-year-old opened up with a four-under-par 66 on Thursday and followed that up with a 69 and a 71, before his first bogey-free round since the 2013 Barclays left him in good spirits heading into the Open in less than two weeks’ time.
"I hit the ball the best I've hit it in a long, long, long time" - Tiger Woods
“I played really well today,” said Tiger Woods. “I hit the ball the best I've hit it in a long, long, long time but made absolutely nothing. To count it up, I had six lip-outs for birdie, so this could have been one of those special rounds where I could have really gone low.
I felt like we made a big, giant step at Memorial, even though I shot those numbers, but the pattern was set now, just had to refine it. Overall, it’s been a very positive week. I've made some nice strides heading into the Open, and I'll do some good work next week and be ready come Thursday.”
Despite finishing T32 at the Greenbrier Classic, which was won by Danny Lee, Woods’ performance in shooting four solid scores can definitely be seen as him heading in the right direction, especially in a season which has seen him shoot his worst professional score twice – firstly an 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before an 85 at the Memorial Tournament.
But Woods is adamant it was at Muirfield Village where things started to turn a corner, despite that 85 on the Saturday and a missed cut two weeks later at the US Open, where only three players carded worse 36-hole scores than him.
When asked about whether the Greenbrier could be considered as the place where he got his game back, Tiger Woods said: “No, I started to get my game back at Memorial when I shifted the baseline. I shot those numbers, but people don't really understand that.
“But people who are close to me or people who have actually gone through swing changes understand that.”
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