Tiger’s Test in Dubai, Day Two

by Jeff Skinner

It seemed like old times for Tiger Woods today as he shot a second round 66 at the Dubai Desert Classic and put himself back in contention for the tournament as he is currently tied for third.  Woods played a flawless round and was finally in control of his ever changing “Sean Foley” swing.  His 66 was the lowest round of the day and he got a bit of revenge on his playing partners as he bested both Lee Westwood (70) and Martin Kaymer (71).

Tiger is looking for his first win since November of 2009 as he continues to comeback from personal and professional struggles.  Tiger was happy with his play as his putting stroke looked solid all day.  “Being out this morning also meant we had some clean greens which was nice, and all three of us hit them perfect, and made a few putts,” he told reporters.  “As of right now I am three back so where that is at the end of the day I’m not sure but I’ve played my way back into the tournament.  It felt good today as I hit some good shots.”

It was critical for Woods to put a good round together as another mediocre round would have put him back in the pack and essentially out of the tournament.  He hit the ball crisply with all his clubs but his biggest change was his putter.  He sank a pair of birdie putts early in his round to set the tone for his day.  It was by far his most consistent round in months and that is what has been missing from Tiger’s game.  If Woods can continue this type of play over the next two rounds he’ll threaten for the title and take a giant leap in his journey back to the top.

“I played myself right back into the tournament. I felt I hit the ball a lot better and the greens were absolutely perfect. It was steady. I didn’t make as many mistakes as yesterday and I felt it was important to post a number.”


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