It’s Tiger’s to Win
Last Friday, Tiger Woods left Torrey Pines with a 2 stroke lead in the Farmers Insurance Open. Saturday’s third round was delayed because of heavy fog. The golfers and the gallery waited all day as the fog rolled out, then back in again. Eventually, it was decided that the third round would be played on Sunday, as well as the fourth, or at least a part of it.
The first trio teed off at 7 a.m. Tiger was in the final pairing, and hit his first ball just after 9 a.m. Playing his best golf in years, it began to look as though he might run away from the pack. His short game, which was troublesome last year, was near perfect. Several times he pitched balls near enough to the flag to be virtual tap ins.
His only misplayed hole was the easiest on the course, the par five 18th. His tee shot found a fairway bunker. Worse yet, it stayed up near the lip. Doing what only Tiger can do, he muscled the ball towards the green, but landed in a green-side bunker. He made his only bad sand shot of the tournament, and eventually bogeyed the hole, the only time he had ever done that on the 18th in the previous 7 tournaments he has won at Torrey.
He ended round three with a 4 shot lead over defending champion Brandt Snedeker, and Nick Watney.
Approximately 45 minutes after he completed round 3, he was back on the 1st tee. The first few holes found him missing the fairways. But he scrambled well, and, with the sun going down, and the temperatures dropping, he finished the first seven holes. He is 17 under par, holding a 6 shot lead.
Tiger gets to sleep in today, Monday. They will resume play at 1 o’clock today.
With a 6 stroke lead, and 11 holes to play, if Tiger does no better than make par, he should win the tournament. But don’t look for him to play it safe. He appears to be making a statement to the world of golf. It’s simple and a bit scary, “I’m back”.