Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tiger Woods Will Win (Most Likely)
A thing that is scary to the field at the PGA Championship -- Tiger Woods is leading after a first round 67 that didn't include a bogey, and he putted like shit. Seriously.
Woods had plenty of looks for birdie on a round he even admitted could have been "very low," yet he is atop the leaderboard because he finally has his swing clicking like it's 2008. Tiger has opened two major championships with a bogey free round, the 2000 U.S Open and British Open. He won both of those, and he will probably win this one.
When the week started, Tiger was probably a 70 percent favorite to take the final major of the year. Now? It has to be closer to 95 percent, because when Woods gets the lead, he is absolutely cruel in his execution. Fairways, greens and he birdies the par-5s. If Tiger wants to make his way around Hazeltine in 70 strokes, I think he'll be able to do it, and 11-under will probably be good enough to win.
When Tiger misses two fairways, you better watch out, and that's what he did on Thursday. Scary times for the field, people. Take cover.
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