Day 2 Tour Championship
By James Turnage:
On Friday Justin Rose and Tiger Woods were the final pair to tee off, holding the lead at 4 under par. Ahead of them Jim Furyk was shooting a front 9 of 29. He was ‘on fire’.
Of the top 5 going into the 4 day event, only Woods was near the leader. Bo Van Pelt and Furyk were tied at several points during the day. Watney and Snedeker played themselves out of the front page of the leaderboard. Mickelson was erratic both with the driver and the putter.
Tiger Woods reverted to his inconsistent play in past tournaments. He played badly on the easiest holes, and hit great shots on a couple of the most difficult. His putting was, to put it in terms I can attempt to explain, confusing. He missed easy putts of 3 to 5 feet, and made a couple I thought he would be lucky to get close.
On 10 Woods missed a relatively easy eagle putt. Then he bogged the 11th. On the twelfth, he missed a 3 footer for par. Somehow he put it together to get a birdy on the 13th. At the 16th he found himself all over the course and another bogey. The 17th tee shot found him in the rough, second shot over the green. Third shot was a ‘chunked’ pitch, leaving him with about 20 feet for par. Result, bogey. The 18th tee shot on the par 3 was dreadful, leaving him a 40 plus foot pitch for a birdie. He made par on the hole, finishing at 1 under par.
Meanwhile McIlroy finished his day 3 under par, 4 strokes behind the leader Jim Furyk at 7 under. Two days, 36 holes to go.
At the end of the day, Furyk leads at 7 under, Van Pelt, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose, who played with Woods today, at 5 under. This means that McIlroy is still in the points lead.
Because this is a unique competition, the next two days could produce dramatic results. If Milroy continues to perform as he did in the last 3 matches of the FedEx Cup, he will be 10 million dollars richer on Sunday evening.