Coming off a disappointing finish at the Open Championship less than two weeks back, Tiger Woods has gotten off to a tremendous start at the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational. After shooting a 66 on Thursday, Woods followed it up with a stellar 61 on Friday. With his score in the second round, Woods fell just short of becoming the 6th player to shoot a 59 in PGA tour history.
Tiger would have joined: Al Geiberger (1977), Chip Beck (1991), David Duval (1999), Paul Goydos (2010) and Stuart Appleby (2010, as the only players to ever shoot a 59 on the PGA tour. In total there are 14 players in recorded pro golf history to shoot the amazing score.
After Woods’ round of -9 on Friday, he sits at -13 for the tournament and seven strokes ahead of second place Chris Wood and Keegan Bradley (-6). While Bill Haas and Henrik Stenson round out the top five. However it’s clear at this point that Tiger is in the driver’s seat to win his fifth tournament of the year.
This is has been the story of Woods’ 2013. He’s been his old self in most non-majors this year and only has one finish outside of the top 30. He’s won $6,159,119 in prize money, but he just can’t get the ‘major’ monkey off his back. Although he recently complained about the greens for the upcoming PGA Championship, I like his chances to win and break his five-year major streak.
Still, if you’re just a fan of golf, it’s nice to see Woods back playing at such a high level. All these years later he’s still the best golfer in the world and it only seems like he’s struggling because the bar has been raised so high. I’ll be shocked if Tiger doesn’t complete his weekend at the Bridgestone, en route to his 79th career PGA tour win.
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