PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The change again to Poa annua greens for this week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Seaside could cause some additional stress for the perfect gamers on the earth – even the reigning Masters champ who authored probably the most dominating efficiency ever right here 19 years in the past.
Tiger Woods had no downside holing putts on the fickle surfaces throughout his 15-shot win right here in 2000, and he’s loads acquainted with their bumpy and inconsistent nature having gained eight instances on related surfaces at Torrey Pines. However even a participant of his expertise is aware of that Poa greens should be approached with warning, particularly late within the day.
“It doesn’t take a lot to get off-line on Poa,” Woods stated. “The trick to placing on Poa is to verify they’re at all times under the outlet. If you happen to’re placing downhill, it’s a Plinko impact, you’re going to go each which approach. The secret is to be under the outlet the place you possibly can take low traces and attempt to take the bumpiness out of play.”
To assist on that entrance, Woods has once more enlisted the assistance of placing coach Matt Killen, with whom Woods was first seen working in March at The Gamers. Killen and Woods had been collectively once more Tuesday on the placing inexperienced, as Woods sought to refine his stroke on a day when he centered completely on the observe facility with out stepping foot on the course itself.
“Yeah, Matt’s looking at my stroke,” Woods stated. “Placing on Poa could be very completely different than placing on bent (grass). And so simply making an attempt to make it possible for I’m rolling the ball like I have to for Poa.”
Woods’ placing has really been a relative weak spot throughout a season during which he gained his first main in 11 years. He presently ranks 73rd on Tour this season in strokes gained: placing, down from 48th final yr when he gained the Tour Championship and completed runner-up on the PGA Championship.