Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tiger Woods weekend at CordeValle

SAN MARTIN, The fog finally lifted at CordeValle and revealed a Tiger Woods that looked vaguely familiar. Woods ran off three straight birdies early in his round, survived a rough patch around the... turn and kept the stress to a minimum Friday in his round of 3-under 68 in the Open that assured he would be around for the weekend. “I don’t like missing cuts, period,” Woods said. “If I miss the cut, that means you can’t win the tournament on the weekend. I’ve got a shot at it this weekend.” Woods was so disgusted this his putting after his opening 73 that he went to the practice green in the chill of late afternoon after the first round and rapped 5-foot putts, sometimes using only one hand.

My ‘feels’ are coming back,” said Woods, who has not competed since he missed the cut at the PGA Championship in August. “All the balls are pin high which is a very good sign.” The 34-year-old Englishman very nearly birdied the eighth, his long-range attempt ramming the back of the cup before lipping out, but he signed off in style with a two-putt birdie at the par-five ninth. “The back nine, my front nine this morning, the greens were perfect,” Casey said. “You’re not going to get greens any better than that. “My ball striking is coming back. It’s by no means perfect but it’s nice to look up and know that the golf ball is actually going in the direction that I wanted it to go in, which hasn’t happened in a really long time.”

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