Tiger Woods shot a second round 65 to crack the top 10 at -6 overall. Tiger trails leader Dustin Johnson by 6 shots heading into the weekend. Woods started the day in 17th out of 18 players and was supposed to play with Justin Rose. Rose, however, was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a back injury. Tiger was then forced to play alone.
Tiger’s round started very well. He hit a beautiful drive off the first tee and hit his second shot within a few feet of the pin for an easy birdie. Tiger would then par the next 4 holes in a row before making another birdie at the par 5 6th. His second shot found a bunker but “The Big Cat” was able to get up and down for birdie. Woods made his third birdie on the front side at the 9th to card a -3, 33.
Tiger turned to the backside and kept his game grooving. On the 12th hole, Tiger hit his tee shot in to the par three within a foot of the cup for a tap-in birdie. After a par on 13, Tiger made back-to-back birdies. Both birds were set up by great drives off the tee.
On 16, Tiger hit his drive to the right where his ball would find a sandy bush. After hacking out, Tiger hit his third shot on the green. Tiger had a 20-foot par putt to avoid his first bogey of the round. Tiger sank the putt and gave a huge fist pump. This is the intensity we like to see out of Tiger. Tiger would par 17 and 18 to finish with a 65.
Now for some grades:
Driver: Tiger definitely did some work after yesterday's round and it paid instant dividends. Tiger did not really have any bad misses except for the tee shot on 16. He did also miss the fourth fairway but drove the ball into a mound of rough in the middle of the fairway. Overall, A-.
Irons: Irons continue to be the strength of his game. He hit some great approaches that led to tap in birdie opportunities. A+.
Wedges: Tiger did not hit any bad chips and he didn’t show any signs of his previous case of the yips. Hopefully Tiger can continue to have good wedge play to finally silence the talk about his yips. A.
Putting: Tiger again did not have any 3 putts. He’s making all the close range putts that he needs to make. Forced with 20 feet for par to save a bogey-free round, Tiger drained the putt. Lastly, Tiger’s lag putting has also been fantastic. Tiger was worried about the speed of the greens going into the tournament, but has made the necessary adjustments. Tiger has shown renewed confidence with his flat stick thanks to his switch back to his old Scotty Cameron. A+.
Overall: Anytime you shoot a 65, you’ve gotten have all aspects of your game on point. It may still be early, but Tiger Woods very well may be back. A+.