By DiMarkco Chandler
The 2012 U.S. Golf Open will undoubtedly go to Tiger Woods. He has that look of a Tiger in his swing, and he’s renewed his Championship skills. I wish I could say that you heard it here first, but I’m not alone. It appears that I have plenty of company because practically everybody, including some of the golfers he’s playing against, are predicting that Woods will win.
What does it all mean? Don’t be afraid to say it: Golf’s about to be dominated again by a older, wiser, almost as good Tiger Woods. Sports enthusiasts know that an almost as good Tiger Woods would still be the best golfer in the game today.
How do you know he’s back? You know he’s back when he shoots a 69 in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Yesterday, Woods bogeyed twice, but don’t forget he made three birdies down the stretch. 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 a younger 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, Woods was busy posting a 69 with the crowd 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 other players.
“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 in this competition. 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.
I don’t know where you’ll be, but I’ll be in front of a TV.