Look­ing for some­thing pos­i­tive

Woods hopes to put an end to re­cent bad stretch at The Green­brier Clas­sic

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JOHN RABY

In its in­fancy, The Green­brier Clas­sic was friendly to first-time win­ners and re-en­er­gized the ca­reers of vet­er­ans who had been stuck in a rut.

Tiger Woods will take any­thing pos­i­tive at this point.

Woods failed to ad­vance to week­end play in his only other ap­pear­ance in West Vir­ginia in 2012 and, start­ing Thurs­day, will try to avoid miss­ing the cut in con­sec­u­tive tour­na­ments for the first time in 21 years. In 1994, he failed to ad­vance to the week­end in all three PGA Tour events he en­tered.

Woods, who’s get­ting ready for the Bri­tish Open in two weeks at St. An­drews, has bro­ken 70 only twice in 16 rounds this sea­son.

“I’ve gone through stretches like this,” Woods said af­ter his pro-am round Wed­nes­day on the eve of the tour­na­ment on the Old White TPC course.

Af­ter post­ing the high­est 36-hole score (156) of his pro ca­reer and miss­ing the cut at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, Woods took his chil­dren to the Ba­hamas and en­joyed snor­kel­ing.

“I didn’t touch a club for a while,” Woods said. “It was nice to have a sum­mer break with them like that, es­pe­cially af­ter the way I played.”

Bubba Wat­son wouldn’t mind more rest af­ter a gru­el­ing play­off win last week at The Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship. He ad­mits sleep is high on his pri­or­ity list.

“I’m tired,” Wat­son said. “I’m worn out. Men­tally, the energy level is just not there.”

At least he gets to sleep in his own bed. Wat­son moved into a house built last year at The Green­brier. His wife, Angie, played in his pro-am group Wed­nes­day along with New Or­leans Saints coach Sean Pay­ton and for­mer NBA coach Mike D’An­toni.

Wat­son is the high­est-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world. Oth­ers in the top 20 at The Green­brier are J.B. Holmes (13), Pa­trick Reed (15) and Louis Oosthuizen (18).

AP PHOTO

Tiger Woods smiles dur­ing the proam for The Green­brier Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment Wed­nes­day in White Sul­phur Springs, W.Va.

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