WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Tiger Woods reacts to final-hole loss

In the same day Tiger Woods defeated world No. 4 Rory McIlroy, he fell to world No. 52 Lucas Bjerregaard at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event.

The two rounds played Saturday featured the the best, and worst, of Woods. He ultimately exited Austin Country Club after he lipped out with a short putt on the final hole. 

“I wanted to play tomorrow,” Woods said after his round. “This is going to sting for a few days and I’ll get back after it after that.”

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Woods made seven birdies against Bjerregaard, but missed three putts inside five feet. He had been 2 up through six holes and still had a one-hole lead teeing off at the par-5 16th. But, that’s when favor swung in Bjerregaard ‘s direction. He eagled the hole to catch up to Woods. 

The two were battling it out in tough conditions featuring high winds and cooler temperatures.

“He played well in tough conditions. It was not easy out there,” Woods said. “We both hung around, kind of grinded our way around the golf course. He played the last three holes pretty solidly. He hit it well. He hit a lot of good shots today. He was flighting it well. His natural ball flight is pretty flat. It’s advantageous in these conditions.”

Woods and Bjerregaard were all square after the 16th and 17th holes. On the 18th, Woods recovered from the green-side bunker but failed to sink his putt.​ 

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“(I) had a lot of difficult pins out there,” Woods said. “It is match play and they’re going to put the pins on the difficult side, and they did. And we just have to hit good shots.”​

Woods will now prepare for the Masters in two weeks. He will make a quick trip to the famed Augusta National Golf Club​ this week before eventually returning home before the first major of the season.

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