Tiger Woods putts his ball right off the green at Muirfield

The conditions are very difficult, but this was not exactly a precise judgement by the world's No. 1.

Let's talk more about the course conditions at Muirfield! As we noted earlier, Tiger Woods is on the wrong end of the draw, battling a British Open setup that features completely baked out afternoon greens with difficult pin placements. The setup even got Phil Mickelson to empathize with what the afternoon groups would face after more sun and wind would dry out Muirfield.

Tiger has handled the difficult setup admirably so far, hitting some poor shots but getting on track on the back nine. We've seen him try to delicately place a chip shot up on the green only to watch his ball roll back past its original spot. We've also seen him hit an incredible sand shot from one knee as he worked his way from over par to under par. But after that impressive three-hole strech to start the back nine, Woods slipped up again by putting his ball right off the green at No. 14:

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Tiger did find his way back towards the hole, but it would take two more putts. That three-jack led to a dropped shot for Woods and is now exhibit A in Ian Poulter's continued prosecution of the R&A's Thursday setup:

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