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Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sean Foley was waiting for Tiger Woods on the driving range a moment after the former world No. 1 finished one of his best rounds of the young season.

Foley had his video camera out and seemed to be inviting Woods for a post-round practice session, but the latter threw up his hands, laughed and playfully backed away, heading toward the scoring trailer to sign his card.

Though they set up a session later in the day at Woods' private club a few miles away, Woods could rightly have taken the afternoon off this time around.

Creeping closer to some semblance of his old form, Woods shot a 4-under 68 in the morning wave on Friday and moved into the top-10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event he has won six times, including his two most recent starts.

Still tinkering with his swing and putter, Woods made a 53-foot bomb on the 18th green and 23-footer to end the round on the ninth, which had him in a decidedly upbeat mood when the dust settled afterward. Both birdies sent the spring break crowds into spontaneous eruptions louder than any cheers heard all week.

Woods has felt the love from galleries only intermittently over the past year, but in his hometown, they seemed to be on the edge of their seats, waiting for something to happen. He certainly used the crowd's energy, just like old times.

"Probably a combo platter there," he said. "We definitely tend to feed off one another when I get is going. It's a lot of fun."

Woods shot 66 in the closing round of his last start at Doral two weeks ago, which matched the number he posted in Dubai earlier in the year, so yet again, he's succeeding in fits and spurts. 

Woods is again tinkering with his putter, using a different version of the mallet model he tried at Doral. He said he left five putts a shade short and dead online, "or this could really have been somethng special today."

It was plenty good enough to get him in the weekend mix, which is exactly what he needs before his next start at Augusta National. 

"It's like anything," he said. "We are trying to build towards the first major and that's what my game is headed towards. It's building and it's coming."
It can't hurt the reconstruction project when Woods makes monster putts as he did on the 18th, where he made walk-off winning birdies to win in his last two starts, in 2008-09. The greens have been completely rebuilt since then, however.

His group had just been put on the clock for falling behind a few moments earlier.

"We pulled a little hurry-up offense and I tugged it a bit," he said if his approach shot. "I hit that putt in a practice round and was surprised at how straight it was. I played a little less break and it went in."

Woods shot 73 in the windy opening round, and considering that he only hit four fairways Thursday, it was a good result, considering. But Friday seemed to mark a step forward, though stringing together four solid rounds has been a challenge all year, no question.

"It's kind of the same feeling and working on the same things that Sean and I are working o n and they are starting to become a little more fluid."
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Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 6:13 pm

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

I would say he is not ready for the masters because that short game and putter of his is not what we are used to and that is how you win at Augusta.  He is close, but so are many of those players on the leader board.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:40 pm

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

Did everyone notice the tone of the broadcast on the Golf Channel yesterday? There was a distinct upbeat atmosphere, and the giddiness of the announcers was very noticeable. They could barely contain their excitement at Woods round. The subject of their worship was back in the center of attention. Of course on the Golf Channel he's always the center of attention, regardless of his play. Did everyone notice the difference in tone this afternoon? Yes, Woods is back in familiar ground. He's out of contention.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:26 pm

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

Daddyboy28:  It appears that you are exactly right...TW shot a 74 today and is T28 after 54 holes, nine strokes off the lead.  Not a snowbal's chance in hell of winning the tourney.  I think he's fooling himself to think he's suddenly going to regain his tournament form in the next week before the Masters.  One or even two good rounds along with two over par rounds isn't going to get it done.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:34 pm

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

Tiger Woods will falter this weekend at Arnold Palmers tournament.  Had his one good round on Friday, he got everyone all excited, but will be back to shooting par today to fall into the top 20 range.  At the end of the tournament, he will fall behind Phil Mickelson and a host of other golfers to finish at -5.  He will talk about how he is getting close, had a lot of good shots, got some bad breaks in the wind and on the green, but is ready for the Masters, which is all he cares for anyway.

Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:21 pm

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

Lol.. Lemme guess. Because he doesnt like the color purple?

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:56 am

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

"Why can't he date black women?"

I wonder why that's a problem for you. Is he even "black", being half Thai? I guess, using your warped reasoning, it should be: "Why can't he date half-black, half-Thai women?"  Maybe you need to get a life.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 9:58 am

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

Cry Why can't he date black women ?

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:30 am

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

I'm pulling for Tiger to make a run this weekend and win. like him or not when he's in the hunt late sunday afternoon it makes watching it on TV a lot more interesting. I'm sure the networks want to see him win too.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 8:53 pm

Woods in familiar spot -- contending at Arnie's

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