Tiger Woods seems to take shot at USGA while praising British Open

Tiger Woods seems to take shot at USGA while praising British Open

Tiger Woods seems to take shot at USGA while praising British Open

Sweet-swinging Francesco Molinari "executed the plan perfectly" to clinch a first PGA Tour title in style by taking control on the back nine as he stormed to an emphatic eight-shot victory at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland on Sunday.

The 14-time major champion was collecting birdies in droves early in his third round at the Quicken Loans National, and by the time Woods reached the seventh hole on a steamy Saturday, he was within a stroke of the lead at the tournament he's hosted since 2007. Ancer carded a 72 and did not have a birdie on his scorecard in the final round after making eight birdies in the third round, in which he tied the course record one day before Molinari did so. Francesco Molinari and Abraham Ancer are tied for the lead as the golf begins on Sunday with Molinari posting his second straight 65 on Sunday, while Ancer climbed his way to the top with a 62 in Round 3. He rolled in plenty of long putts, but struggled inside 10 feet.

Although Woods picked up four successive birdies from the fourth, there were bogeys on the first, eighth, 13th and 18th. This time, he had the course to himself with a back nine that was close to perfection, much like his week.

At the Memorial Tournament four weeks ago, Woods was well under par in both the second and third rounds, but he couldn't keep it going, settling for 67-68 and a tie for 23rd. So I'm seeing the lines again, I'm rolling the ball on my line, I've got the speed, and I really like the swing of this putter. "It's just a matter of making putts, and I've done that". "The main thing today was to stay close to the leader, so I've done a very good job of that".

"I m starting to hit some putts". I just wanted to be one step ahead of him.

The Swede started the day seven shots behind compatriot Marcus Kinhult but he birdied two of his last three holes to finish at 7-under 277.

"It was frustrating because I played better than what my score indicates", Woods said. He missed several opportunities for birdies on the back nine, but then putted from 28 feet on the 17th before another birdie at the last.

Woods even asked National victor Francesco Molinari of Italy about his secret after shooting 62.

It had the makings of a special day, but Woods missed birdie putts from inside 10 feet at 10 and 11, dropped a shot at 13 after missing the fairway well right with an iron, and closed with a bogey at 18 to kill any momentum left from that hot start. I missed those putts, " he said. He three-putted from inside of 2 feet on the 12th hole for a double bogey that briefly cost him the lead.

"It was nice to make a couple of birdies coming in, granted missed a little kick-in on 14", he said after another solid display since undergoing spinal fusion surgery previous year.

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