Woods uses leaderboard to interpret Augusta roars

ABS-CBN Sports on May 01, 2019 07:22 AM
Woods uses leaderboard to interpret Augusta roars
FILE - Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods knew he was back in the game at the Masters when Francesco Molinari hit into the water on the 12th hole and made double bogey. From there, Woods relied on his vast experience at Augusta National.

That meant using his sight to understand the sounds.

In an interview last week with GOLFTV, Woods said one key to the back nine at the Masters is knowing where the leaderboards are located.

"When I got down to 13, I got a chance to look at the board and see where everyone stood," he said. "I'm like, 'OK, the next board I see is not until 15, because there's no board on 14.' So I get a good understanding, see where they all are, look at what holes they're on in case I hear any roars who that might be.

"Obviously, there's significance to certain roars," he said. "But I want to know what players are in what position so after I played 14 and headed to 15, I have a pretty good understanding of what's going on."

Woods and Molinari made birdie on the 13th to reach 12 under, tied with Xander Schauffele, who had birdied the 14th. He didn't hear a big roar ahead on the 15th for either Schauffele, who made par, or Brooks Koepka, who narrowly missed a 20-foot eagle putt that would have given him the lead.

Woods made birdie on the 15th to take the lead, and his 8-iron to 2 feet on the 16th gave him a two-shot lead.

"I end up taking the lead at 15 — they posted the number there," Woods said. "I hit it close on 16, so as I'm leaving 16 tee box, I take one last look at 15, because that's last time we see the board until 17 green. And so trying to get an understanding who is ahead of me, what their scenarios are, where they might make birdies. If I make birdie here and get to 14 (under), how many guys have a chance to get to 14-under par? ... I'm just trying to figure all that out.

"And meanwhile thinking, 'OK, let's just focus on my game.' But also, I've got to know the scenarios. It's like any other sport. You want to know time and distance, you want to know what's going on so you can play the appropriate shots."

He played enough right shots to win a fifth green jacket.

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