Friday, September 25, 2009

Tiger Woods Leads Tour Championship, Should Be Leading By More

As Tiger Woods was walking up the 15th fairway, having just hit a 5-wood from 247 yards to 4-feet, 7-inches, the announcing group on hand at the tournament started chatting about Tiger's largest margin's of victory this season.

They discussed the eight shot victory Tiger just incurred on the field at the BMW Championship earlier this month. Tiger would make the eagle, play the last three holes some number under par and be five shots up before the rest of the field knew what happened.

Then something strange happened. Tiger missed the short eagle putt. Then, on 16, he missed an equally short birdie putt, catching a nasty lip. A scrambling par on 17 followed by a bogey on the 18th left Tiger only a shot clear of the field at the Tour Championship when it looked like he might blow this thing out of the water.

Now, instead of walking into Saturday with a whoknowshowmany shot lead, Tiger will be a single stroke ahead of Padraig Harrington and Sean O'Hair, who followed his opening round 66 with an even-par round of 70.

Tiger has set himself up for the $10 million prize that comes with the FedEx Cup trophy. The four guys chasing him the race are currently all out of the top-10, with only Jim Furyk breaking the top-17.

I'm fairly certain Tiger will be kicking something tonight after those short putts didn't fall.

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Vince Spence said...

In at least five tournaments this year, I could not see how he could have played any worse, yet he won two of them and top-fived the other three.

It is downright scary.

Shane B. said...

Couldn't agree more.