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It hasn't been a steady fall, interrupted by the occasional top five finish and time off to rehab his increasingly injured left leg. Here, though, Woods came out of the starting gate on fire, making birdies on three of his first five holes, and then skidded all the way out of the tournament. He hit the same number of fairways and greens both days -- just six of 14 and 10 of 18, respectively -- was slightly better saving pars out of the sand and needed one fewer putt, 28 vs. 29 on Thursday. That explained the four strokes Woods managed to shave off his opening round.
But as we noted at the end of the first day, Woods' ranking in several crucial driving, short game and putting categories have all tumbled more than 100 places since his 2009 season. He still oozes talent. What he can't produce anymore are results.
Woods and Foley have been working together for a year. Asked whether even in that short time he's convinced the changes he's undertaken will succeed in the long run, Woods replied, "Absolutely."
"So it's just a matter of just doing the work. I need to go out there and spend hours getting it done," he said.
It seems a fair question to ask whether Woods couldn't have plowed some of that work back into his game before this. Deep as the hole looked even before he stepped back out on tour two just weeks ago, it suddenly looks a whole lot deeper now.
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