Playing in the second group out on Saturday Morning, Tiger Woods is right back into the mix at The Honda Classic. Both Tiger, and playing partner, Luke Guthrie, fired matching -5 under par 65’s on “Moving Day” at the PGA National golf course. The difference? …..Putting!
Tiger Woods got the putter working on Saturday morning, and made only two bogeys on his trip up the leaderbord. He finished the day at -5 under par, and only six strokes back of the leader, Rory McIlroy as play continues to get underway on Saturday morning. Woods got out early ahead of the wind that is expected this afternoon.
Although he is probably too far back to have a chance to win his first Honda Classic, but if the wind comes up, this golf course, and in particular, The Bear Trap, can grow teeth. Anything is possible. Tiger missed a couple of putts coming in, at 17 and 18 and commented in his post-round press conference that he left at least one on the course on the last two holes. Maybe two.
If you watched Tiger play on Friday, it looked as if he had spent some tome Friday evening practicing with the flat stick. Although he hit only 42% of his fairways, and 61% of his greens in regulation on Saturday, the strokes gained putting number moved drastically. His approach shots started looking a lot like the ones that won five tournaments in 2013.
This could be bad news for the field as the tour moves to Doral and Bay Hill, two places where Tiger Woods has had some success in the past. If he can get his game on-track, and with Rory McIlroy playing well, we might be in for good Florida Swing, and maybe a dream matchup at Augusta.
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