Tiger Woods: Master Of Torrey Pines

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After Tiger Woods carded a four under 68 on Thursday at the more difficult South Course on the Torrey Pines Golf Course, he went to the North Course to take the lead in the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday afternoon. On a day that was more suited for duck hunting than golf, Woods teed off on the back nine, and proceeded to dominate a tournament that he has won six times over his career. Tiger shot 65 in a slow drizzly rain to take a two shot lead over a pretty strong field.

Woods made an eagle three at the par 5 18th hole, to make the turn at four under par, and took the tournament lead to the front nine. He followed the eagle with another birdie at the first and second holes. He made his lone bogey at the eighth hole before finishing with birdie at the 9th just as the rain was picking up. Tiger showed his toughness at the final hole as stood in the rain while playing partners Rickie Fowler and Nick Watney headed for their umbrellas. Woods wiped his hat and two putted for birdie.

As the tournament moves back to the South Course for the finale, we need to wait to see if Tiger can break out of his Saturday slump. Since his return to competition last year, he has gotten in a habit of playing well in the opening rounds, but not getting the job done on the weekend. 87 people made the Friday cut, and a secondary cut to 72 players will occur after the Saturday round. If Woods can break out of the Saturday slump anywhere, this is the place for him to do so, a course he seems to have mastered.

For the most of the second round, Tiger kept his ball in play off of the tee, and his short game is as good as it was during his ten year reign over the golf world. His putting was good, but he still tends to struggle with the wedge in his hand. If he can solve the wedge game, I don’t see many people, including Rory McIlroy beating this guy heads up. He is without doubt the most focused competitor I’ve ever seen in any sport, and never seems to give up. He grinds over every shot no matter if it’s for the lead, or 72nd place.


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