SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports activities’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the conceivable head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are lately making plans.
Tiger Woods entered the general spherical of the Dell Applied sciences Championship in Norton, Mass., on Monday at 7 underneath par, tied for 16th.
He hit fairways and vegetables many of the day on his approach to an even-par 71, however a few dangerous holes at the again 9 foiled any probability to complete upper at the leaderboard. Woods were given to three underneath at the day and 10 underneath general after a birdie on 11, striking him briefly inside of 3 photographs of the lead. (The lead teams, on the other hand, had simply begun their rounds.)
In any case, it was once some other day of ignored alternatives for Woods: No longer slightly shut sufficient together with his irons on manner, now not slightly correct sufficient with the putter.
The Dell Applied sciences Championship is the second one of 4 occasions within the FedExCup playoffs. The highest 70 avid gamers within the FedExCup standings after Monday — Woods will probably be safely amongst that staff — advance to the BMW Championship, Thursday-Sunday in Newtown Sq., Pa.
To advance to the FedExCup finale, on the other hand, Woods may have to complete prime on the BMW.
Hollow 18 — par Five
Woods takes the Three-metal off the tee and reveals the thick fringe at the entrance finish of a fairway bunker 300 yards from the tee. No means to achieve the fairway in two from that spot. After a superb layup, Woods’ manner finally ends up about Eight ft from the opening. His birdie putt lips out, and he closes with a par. Even thru 17 (7 underneath for the match)
Hollow 17 — par Four
Woods reveals the left facet of the green together with his tee shot and can have 132 yards to the opening. Some other cast manner leaves 11 ft for birdie. Woods wishes it, however it isn’t to be. A par. Even thru 17 (7 underneath for the match)
Hollow 16 — par Three
Tiger’s tee shot comes up quick … and is going for a swim. The end result, clearly, was once dangerous, however the shot itself was once just a little quick — Woods was once going proper on the flag. Woods’ shot from the drop zone finally ends up 15 ft from the opening. Some other omit, and it is a double bogey for Woods. Even thru 16 (7 underneath for the match)
On the best of the leaderboard: Bryson DeChambeau birdies No. nine and is by myself in entrance at 16 underneath.
Hollow 15 — par Four
Some other cast tee shot, 303 yards to the fitting facet of the green. Woods can have simplest about 106 yards to the opening. His manner shot is cast, however the birdie putt is going awry. Some other tap-in par. 2 underneath thru 15 (nine underneath for the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Bryson DeChambeau birdies No. Eight and is by myself in entrance at 15 underneath.
Hollow 14 — par Four
The 514-yard par-Four has performed the hardest at the direction this week. Woods’ tee shot lands in the main tough, left of the opening. He has about 200 yards to the flag. His Eight-iron comes up simply in need of the fairway. A whole lot of paintings — about 80 ft — to do. Woods’ putt was once a bit of fast, and Woods can have about Eight ft to save lots of par. No pleasure this time … the par putt slips simply previous at the left, and Woods has his first bogey of the day. 2 underneath thru 14 (nine underneath for the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Abraham Ancer and Bryson DeChambeau every tally birdies on 7 to sign up for Rafael Cabrera Bello at 14 underneath.
Hollow 13 — par Four
Woods’ tee shot reveals the left facet of the green, 312 yards from the tee, leaving 142 yards to the opening. The manner shot is middle of the fairway, however as soon as once more now not in point of fact with reference to the opening. His birdie putt, from 24 ft, runs Three ft previous … he did say he was once going to take a look at to be extra competitive. Some other par. Three underneath thru 13 (10 underneath for the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Rafael Cabrera Bello birdies No. 11, his fourth consecutive birdie and 7th at the day, to get to 14 underneath, by myself in entrance. Abraham Ancer, Bryson DeChambeau and Emiliano Grillo are at 13 underneath.
Hollow 12 — par Four
Some other cast tee shot (with the Three-metal), 303 yards to the fitting of the green in this 508-yard par-Four … the second-hardest hollow at the direction this week. His manner, a difficult reduce with a Five-iron, lands within the middle of the fairway. Safely on, however 37 ft away — of rapid inexperienced — creating a birdie not likely. Woods’ birdie putt appears to be like excellent, even though moderately off course, but it surely simply didn’t prevent, leaving Five ft for par. Giant make there. Three underneath thru 12 (10 underneath for the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Abraham Ancer birdies No. Five to get again to even for the day and in a percentage of the lead with Bryson DeChambeau, Tyrrell Hatton and
Hollow 11 — par Three
Woods’ tee shot from 239 yards reveals the fairway, 11 ft from the opening. The birdie putt is not off course, and he strikes to 10 underneath par, 3 again. Three underneath thru 11 (10 underneath for the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Dustin Johnson closes with a 64 to take over the clubhouse lead at 11 underneath. Bryson DeChambeau bounces again with a birdie on No. 14 and is at 13 underneath, tied on the best with Tyrrell Hatton.
Hollow 10 — par Four
A superb tee shot to the middle of the green, a dandy manner from 138 yards out, with a slight reduce, to inside of Eight ft for birdie. Woods misreads the putt and misses left, his first omit of the day from inside of 10 ft. Giant ignored alternative. In spite of cast play, Woods has slipped again to T-18. A wide variety of motion taking place forward of him. 2 underneath thru 10 (nine underneath of the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Hideki Matsuyama’s momentum has stalled … back-to-back bogeys and he’s again to 11 underneath, a shot out of the lead.
Hollow nine — par Four
Some other ignored fairway, as Woods’ 317-yard power reveals the fitting tough. Woods powers his manner, from 170 yards out, safely onto the fairway, beneath the opening and in birdie vary, 16 ft away. Just right stroke however a slight misinterpret. Some other par. Tiger is out in 34. 2 underneath thru nine (nine underneath for the match).
On the best of the leaderboard: Bryson DeChambeau birdies the par-Five moment to get to 13 underneath … he then bogeys No. Three to fall again to 12 underneath.. Abraham Ancer bogeys No. 2 to fall to 12 underneath. Matsuyama finally ends up with a bogey at 11 to drop again to 12 underneath. And Tyrell Hatton, even thru 3, is also at 12 underneath.
Hollow Eight — par Three
Woods’ 6-iron is safely at the inexperienced, however he’ll have nearly 40 ft for birdie. The putt is superbly struck however simply misses leaving a tap-in for par. 2 underneath thru Eight (nine underneath of the match).
Hollow 7 — par Five
Woods loses his tee shot, which traveled 303 yards in this 600-yard hollow, to the fitting, into the tree line, for his first ignored fairway of the day. He has 279 yards however no transparent trail to the opening and thus is compelled to pitch out to the threshold of the green. His 3rd shot is not off course, with a large fade, however comes up simply in need of the fairway, 49 ft from the opening. His pitch from in entrance of the fairway is, in a phrase, awful. He hit with an excessive amount of tempo, and it runs previous the opening. His par putt, a downhill 10-footer, is right. Whew. 2 underneath thru 7 (nine underneath for the match).
Additionally: Hideki Matsuyama has seven birdies in his first 10 holes to get to 13 underneath.
Hollow 6 — par Four
Some other cast tee shot, some other fairway hit. The manner reveals the fairway once more, however now not the place Woods sought after it. He’s going to putt for birdie once more, however this is a giant downhill breaker. Woods aimed means proper, however it seems that now not sufficient. His putt for par will probably be from Five ft … the sorts of putts he must make. Proper within the listen to save lots of par. 2 underneath thru 6 (nine underneath for the match).
Koepka makes his first birdie of the day to get to eight underneath.
Phil Mickelson, in the meantime, closed with a 63.
Hollow Five — par Four
Motive force in hand for the second one time of the day (479-yard par-Four), and as soon as once more Woods reveals the green. Woods, from 184 yards out, reveals the fairway together with his manner, however he was once now not proud of this one. It is pin prime, possibly, but it surely finally ends up too a ways left, at the unsuitable facet of the ridge, 35 ft away … and it would possibly not be a very simple two-putt. Woods misses the birdie putt, however makes the comebacker for par. 2 underneath thru Five (nine underneath for the match).
Hollow Four — par Four
Woods, Three-metal in hand, comes up simply in need of the fairway — 290 yards from the tee — however he’s in excellent place once more to stand up and down for birdie. The pitch shot was once nigh on absolute best, and Woods can have simply greater than Three ft for his moment birdie of the day. No issues. 2 underneath thru Four (nine underneath for the match).
Hollow Three — par Three
Some other cast shot from Woods, who hit his mark once more in this 201-yard par-Three. He’s going to have about 18 ft for birdie. His putt, which begins downhill and can transfer left to proper at first, sails previous, leaving Three ft for par. First check of the day for Woods … he passes, catching the threshold of the opening for par. 1 underneath thru Three (Eight underneath for the match).
Hollow 2 — par Five
Woods’ power, with the massive lumber, will get a fortuitous leap from the fitting edge, nearly within the tough, to the middle of the green with some superb roll … 30-40 yards. Woods’ manner with an Eight-iron lands within the middle of the fairway, giving him a tight take a look at eagle. His eagle putt comes up simply quick, however it is a tap-in birdie. 1 underneath thru 2 (Eight underneath for the match).
In the meantime: Phil Mickelson has made 8 birdies and is at nine underneath general thru 13 holes.
Hollow 1 — par Four
The day started neatly for Woods, a low, line power Three-iron off the tee in this 371-yard par-Four to the middle of the green. The second one shot, with a pitching wedge, reveals the middle of the fairway however only a few ft in need of his goal, leaving 27 ft for birdie. The birdie putt was once simply off line leaving a tap-in for par. Even thru 1 (7 underneath for the match).