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Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:27 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 11:01 am
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SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- As you might have heard, for most of his career, players have been looking over their shoulders at the figure of Tiger Woods.

Same thing happened on Saturday at the Frys.com Open, although with a slightly different twist.

Buried in the middle of the pack, Woods was in the first group off the 10th tee, which meant he played his last nine holes of the third round directly behind the trio of leaders. Curious as the rest of the planet as to how Woods was playing, Ernie Els and Paul Casey took more than a few looks backwards as Woods hit shots into certain holes.

"What does that say?" Casey said, squinting to read a distant leaderboard. "Four under? Not bad."

Woods finished with his second straight 3-under 68 and at 4-under overall, which leaves him nine strokes off the lead, but he happily described it as a step forward in his return to PGA Tour completion after six mostly idle months.

Woods was well back in the pack at T38 and moved up only three spots, but for the second day in succession, the misses were less wayward, the misfires were less hurtful, and Woods was downright upbeat afterward.

He said he's been able to make adjustments on the fly as he's come to understand the nuances of his swing changes, which began 14 months ago.

Well, I'm able to, if it does creep in, I'm able to fix it," Woods said. "That's the great thing. I hit it well all day except for a couple of straight ones here and there. But I know what the fixes are."

Making a few putts fixes a lot of problems, too. Woods and his swing coach Sean Foley went to work on his flagging putting stroke this week, and the results were quick to take root. They tweaked his stance and alignment, and for the first time in memory, Woods putted fairly well for two days in succession.

"Certain putts, you just got to make," he said. "And I get a feel for that. The last two days I really putted well after the work we did after Thursday's round. I feel like I'm getting my lines and my speed.  I have got to read these things a little bit better."

Classic Woods -- well back in the pack, but still fixated on the guys in front of him.

"It's getting better," he said. "I'm improving day by day, which is good. Obviously tomorrow I need to improve a lot and make the putts and post a really low one."

His round Saturday marked his ninth full round since the Masters in April. He had five birdies and two bogeys, and unlike in the first round, when he shot 73, kept the damage from the poor shots to a minimum.

With vestiges of his old swagger, Woods sounded as though something big might be in the pipeline.

"I would like to just keep building on it," he said. "I'm definitely doing that. I was very close to really putting it together on the front nine ...  I wasn't that far away from really turning it to the back nine and taking it deep."

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:43 am
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

To steal a phrase from Mike and Mike: Tiger... just shut up.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:15 am
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

Eldrick is TIED for 41st!!!!!!!  If he was nine down tied for 2nd or 3rd his come back would be a 100 - 1 long shot at best.  His new PR people are doing a great job, however.  And the "lame stream media" will continue to pander to him. I mean, come on," Woods SOUNDED as though something big MIGHT be in the pipeline"? Yep, that sounds like swagger to me. ("Taking it deep..." Is that code?)  lol



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:08 am
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:05 am
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

What about David Duvall?  Hitting the bong again?  



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:47 am
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

Hippy Robert.........DAVID DUVAL SUCKS!!!!!




Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:44 am
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

Golf only matters whe Tiger Woods is playing well.  He captures the so-so golf fan to watch.  Nobody else on tour has the ability to do that.  His game is improving now that he is focused and has most of troubles behind him.  You can start to see the focus all over his face.  When he starts to hit fairways again with his drivers, he will be back at the top shortly after. 




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

The golf world and its writers must still be hard up for Tiger Woods to get back to form.  Three "top headlines" in golf relate to Tiger Woods.  He won't get a "vintage rally".  Even if the top 15 golfers are named and are at -25 through -30, they'll still show Tiger's number like this.............tied for 1003, Tiger Woods -8 (F)  (Yeah, sarcasm with the "tie" number).





Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

OOPS my mistake 9 Strokes Back. I'm useless without a calculator



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Woods cites progress, needs vintage Sunday rally

Tiger Makes another BIG MOVE on Saturday and is stalking the Leaders for a another BIG MOVE on Sunday.
He Started Saturday 7 strokes back in 41st place and made a huge move to finish the day tied for 38th place and only 8 strokes back.
They are talking about putting this washed up player who is well past his prime on the Presidents Cup Team!!!
What about David Duval? He's just as good


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