Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Woods has plenty on the line at Quicken Loans

Woods has plenty on the line at Quicken Loans

This is the past year of the National as hosted by Tiger Woods in the D.C. area.

Tiger Woods is in optimistic mood ahead of the Quicken Loans National this week, saying: "I've done some things I haven't done in over a decade".

"Each time you play with Tiger you become accustomed to the things that make playing with him different to other golfers". He is grouped for the first two rounds with Marc Leishman and Bill Haas.

He has, after all, played well enough so far this season to at least qualify for the first two post-season events, if not the Ryder Cup; and by all accounts seems pleased with his progress during this current comeback from injury. Quicken Loans decided not to renew its contract with Woods' foundation, instead sponsoring a new PGA Tour event in Detroit that starts next summer.

Although Woods' climb in the World Golf Ranking has been nothing short of meteoric, moving from outside the top 600 late last year to 82nd, he still has plenty of work to do, primarily his quest to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational which will move to Memphis next year.

The last three Quicken Loans National winners, including 2016 champion and Navy graduate Billy Hurley III, have a combined four PGA Tour victories over their careers.

This will be Tiger's last event before he flies over the 147th Open at Carnoustie next month, and he will want to show a bit of form before he faces the challenge of a Major on a notoriously demanding course, with the hardest finish in Open golf.

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While he has toyed with a mallet putter in years past, he has not ever used one in competition, according to USA Today's Steve DiMeglio. However, it has not been confirmed which putter he will use on Thursday.

"I'm trying to find something that I can feel again like the swing of the putter, getting my body in the right positions and seeing the lines again, " said Woods, who has been using a TaylorMade Ardmore 3 in practice this week. "We just haven't got the sponsorship dollars", Woods said. "They've got the rough up, fairways in".

Woods has been known for draining clutch putts with his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter with the Ping grip.

"The way I've been putting, I wanted to look for a change".

Day had gone almost two years without winning until his playoff victory at Torrey Pines, followed by another victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. Firestone Country Club will be getting a Champions Tour event.

"I'm motivated to put 100 per cent into this week knowing it's the last time I'll play competitively before two weeks off and then heading to Scotland", Leishman said.

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