is improving and there is reason to be optimistic about the 36-year-old
moving forward for the first time in quite a while after watching his
performance at the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
looked to be his old self after shooting a 69 on Thursday, putting
himself just three strokes off the lead. He followed that up with a 70,
vaulting him up to the top of the leaderboard heading into Saturday.
25 of 36 greens in the first two rounds and landed on 21 of 28
fairways. He knew slugging the ball wasn’t the way to play this
incredibly difficult course, so he adjusted and played very conservative
golf. Tiger’s reliance on his irons was refreshing to watch, and a sign
Woods is feeling more comfortable.
While looking into Tiger’s
brain is an impossible task, judging from the upbeat tone of his post
tournament comments make you feel as if he has finally turned a corner
with his mental makeup (via ESPN):
a lot of positives this week. Hit the ball really well. Unfortunately, I
just didn't have the speed of the greens until today. But
overall, the way I struck the golf ball, the way I controlled it all
week is something that's very positive going forward, and if I just
would have just hung in there little bit better (Saturday) and missed it
on the correct side a couple times then I would have been in a better
position going into today."
letting the mechanics of his swing engulf his brain, and is focusing on
the course and his plan of attack. Woods hasn’t done as much in quite
some time. This is serious progress, even if the final score (+7, T21)
may not have indicated as much.
Two weeks ago he won his 73rd career tournament at the
Memorial, which was his second win of the year. When the pressure is
off, he has shown flashes of his old self.
But it was the major
tournaments that were the problem, especially after he finished tied for
40th at the Masters, his worst finish there as a pro.
leaves California feeling some resemblance of confidence in his overall
game for the first time in a while. He seems to finally be having fun
out there again.
Expect even more progress at the Open Championship overseas next month as he continues to refine his swing and confidence.
Thanks, BT, for sharing!! Always nice to read an article that tells it like it is!! Tiger is on the cusp of winning a major :-))))