by Jeff Skinner
Tiger Woods had every reason to be angry and disappointed, not with the greens or the setup at Pebble Beach, but with himself. After back to back bogies on two and three he looked to be heading in the wrong direction on the leaderboard. It was then that Tiger showed signs of the Tiger we saw here in 2000 when he owned this course and the US Open.
Woods ripped off three straight birdies on four thru six and then he shifted it into high gear on the back nine. After birds on eleven and thirteen he put the hammer down with birdies on sixteen and seventeen and then hit the sickest shot on eighteen.
Stuck behind the trees on the right side of the fairway with 265 yards left to the green, he smashed a three wood out to the left over the water and faded it back onto the middle of the green. Two putts later he had his third straight birdie and was at one under for the tournament. It was vintage Tiger, something we haven’t seen much of lately.
Woods is five back of leader Dustin Johnson, who matched Tiger’s 66 and is three ahead of Graeme McDowell.
Check out the videos. At the 2:45 mark of the first is Tiger’s shot into eighteen and Tiger describes the shot and his round in the second.