Tiger was in full swing yesterday, pun was indeed intended. This was one of Woods’ more impressive performances. It wouldn’t have been much of a shock to anyone had he not played well here.
I mean, he doesn’t like the course, a fact reflected in his modest finishes at The Players. The point is look at the big picture, Woods has already proven he can win again. Tiger has three wins on the PGA Tour already, six since March of last year. Tiger reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the rankings and iss coming off a three-week post-Masters break.
It was a warm afternoon on Florida’s First Coast where Woods was at his most professional in shooting a 5-under-par round of 67. Perfecto.
“He came here with a game plan, and that is what you’ve got to do when you play a Pete Dye golf course,” said six-time major champion-turned-television analyst Nick Faldo.
“You can’t get fancy. He’s played beautifully. I’m really impressed that Tiger can take three weeks off and not look rusty.”
Also lurking is Rory McIlroy, the world No. 2 who’s slowly awakening.
After a horrific start to the season, McIlroy was at his sharpest on Thursday. He shot a 6-under 66; impressive since he’d never turned in a single round under par at TPC Sawgrass. Or made a cut.
Tiger a lot of motivation to win this game, especially with his new found girlfriend rooting him on.