Spieth, Westwood rip 18The 18th hole, as a par 4, won’t make Spieth’s or Lee Westwood’s list of all-time favorites. Both were steaming after making big numbers – Spieth took a 6, Westwood made 7 – on the hole that can play as a par 4 or 5. TV microphones picked up Spieth saying, “the dumbest hole I’ve played in my life.” Spieth said the 514-yard hole leaves a tiny landing area of “5-6 yards” because the slope of the fairway steers drives, even left-center drives, into a bunker on the right. He said he wasn’t about to hit 3-iron off the tee and 3-wood into the green. “Doesn’t make much sense,” he said. “There’s a group of about 10-12 guys that can fly it 310 that have an entirely different hole to play.” Westwood tweeted: “Played great today. Shame about 18. I know I made triple but it’s a stupid par 4 and a great par 5.” Spieth anticipates the hole will play as a par 4 on Sunday “so I’ve got to get over it.” Asked his strategy Sunday, Spieth cracked, “I’m going to hit a punch slice.”
Woods exitsTiger Woods shot 76, finishing 16 over (156) in two rounds. His worst two-round score in a PGA event was a 157 at Bay Hill as an amateur. “I wanted to shoot 5 or 6 today, but I wanted to be on the other side (under par instead of over),” Woods said. “I hit it a little better but again I made nothing. I didn’t make any putts the first two days.” Other notables to miss the cut: Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell, defending champion Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson.
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