By DiMarkco Chandler
Don’t be afraid to say it: Golf’s about to be dominated again, but this time by a older, wiser, almost as good Tiger Woods. You know he’s back when shoots a 69 in the opening round of the U.S. Open. What, he bogeys twice but then makes three birdies. It wasn’t a perfect Woods first round, but it’s the best he’s opened with since 2002.
Experts are sitting on the edge of their seats and golf pros fear the repeat of the days of old when Tiger couldn’t be beat. “That was the old Tiger… beautiful to watch,” intimated the astonished Watson. “That’s what we all come to see. That’s what we all want to watch, and that was awesome to see him strike the ball.”
In his prime, for those of us that remember the old Tiger, remember a confident kid that no one could beat. Well, that confidence has reawakened. While his playing partners where having a terrible time on the Olympic Club course, he was busy posting a 69 with fans and foes cheering his every shot.
Woods has already won Tour titles 72 and 73 this season. So he came into the Open confident that he had found his game. Yesterday in the late rounds Woods holed back-to-back birdies closing at 1-under. He ended the day three strokes behind Michael Thompson, tied for second with four others.
“I’m very pleased … I had a game plan going in, and I executed all the through and ended up with a score under par, which was nice.”
Today, Woods will again be paired with Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson who need low rounds if they’re to continue on. They will tee off at 4:18 p.m. If Tiger can keep his confidence and his swing, he’ll win his 15th major championship and first since the 2008 Open.