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Tiger kicks 9-iron, will need foot wedges

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In his prime, Tiger Woods bounced balls off his wedge.

Friday? He drop-kicked his club at Augusta National.

Woods booted his 9-iron after dumping his tee shot on No. 16 into the front-right bunker.

"We can safely say Tiger has lost his game... and his mind," three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo commented on the CBS broadcast.

Woods' take: "It's a simple 9-iron, not that hard. It's a very easy golf shot."

Not for him. Not this day.

After getting to 2 under for the round and tournament with a birdie on No. 3, Woods played his final 15 holes in 5 over to card a 75, his highest round here since logging a pair of them in 2004.

"I've been working hard on my short game," Woods said, "and I think what Sean (Foley) and I have been talking about might have crept into my full swing."

On No. 15, Woods semi-shanked his approach into the gallery, then failed to clear a bunker with his flop shot. He is tied for 40th, eight behind co-leaders Fred Couples and Jason Dufner.

"One of the neat things about this tournament is the 10-shot rule," he said. "Anyone who makes the cut can win the tournament."

TAP-INS: Australian Jason Day couldn't finish his second round, withdrawing with a foot injury.... Canada's Mike Weir shot 79 to miss the cut at seven-over 151.

 

-- Chicago Tribune

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 7, 2012 C11

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