Although he struggled mightily with his driver on Friday, Tiger Woods was at least in a joking mood when he discussed his performance after the second day of the Dubai Desert Classic. After opening the tournament with a round of 68, Woods turned in a disappointing 73 in the second round, but he was able to find some humor in the situation.
I was on so many parts of the golf course today that I got to meet so many people, signed so many autographs out there and gave a lot of balls away. But seriously, I was just hitting it sideways.
Woods, who only found the fairway twice when hitting his driver off the tee Friday, said his short game, in contrast to his driving, felt steady:
Ironically enough, I felt great with the putter. But feeling great with the putter from 40, 50 feet is not exactly the best thing. I just didn’t hit it close enough. Didn’t hit it well. Struggled with it and had a bad warm-up, as well. Just one of those days.
Woods currently sits eight strokes behind 36-hole leader Rory McIlroy.