by Jeff Skinner
The field at The PGA Championship has a daunting task ahead of them. Tiger was able to put a little distance between himself and his challengers on Friday and fashioned a four stroke lead. Tiger has never failed to win any major where he held the lead after 36 holes. Woods and Paddy Harrington worked and grinded their way around a windy Hazeltine course and both looked tired as they bogeyed eighteen. Harrington’s bogey put him out of the final group, so he will not be teamed with Tiger for Saturday’s round. Harrington joked that he could use the break. “It’s not bad to have a day off. Hopefully I’ll see him again on Sunday,” Harrington said. There are five golfers tied at -3 that hope Woods stumbles and gives them a chance to make history. Vijay Singh will be paired with Tiger and he is one of the few that does not wilt in the Tiger spotlight. Lucas Glover, Brendan Jones, Ross Fisher and Harrington make up the rest of the contenders at three under.
Woods is hitting on all cylinders. His driver is working, his irons are stellar and his putter is vintage Woods. He ran a string of three birdies on fourteen through sixteen and as the ball fell into the hole on sixteen he walked toward the hole with an affirmative head nod and did a little Michael Jordan tongue action. He knows he has it this week. He is as confident as ever, a four stroke lead will do that for you. When Jack Nicklaus was in his prime all his opponents knew it was futile to think they could beat him when he was on his game. That is the way it is with Tiger Woods today. When he shakes hands with his opponent on the tee he knows he is going to beat them. They know he is going to beat them and he knows that they know he is going to beat them. Such is the life of a pro golfer in the Age of Tiger.
Check out Jim Huber’s post round interview with Tiger below and then click on this link to Devil Ball Golf and Jay Busbee’s chat with Huber. Jay does a great job with Huber who is one of the most insightful and respectful interviewers in television.