by Jeff Skinner
I was one of those psycho golf fans that stayed up late to watch Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods play in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. And I wasn’t disappointed. Both Rory and Tiger put on a display of golf that shows why they are two of the best golfers in the world.
Rory looks to have found his game as he was solid in every aspect of the game. He was driving it long and straight as he hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation. He used 27 putts to fashion a nine under 63 which included seven birdies and an eagle. Rory was striking it pure and could do little wrong as he leads Edoardo Molinari by two strokes.
His playing partner, Tiger, played an entirely different game but it was a masterful game of scrambling. Woods was consistently wayward off the tee and only found seven of 14 fairways. He could only manage ten greens in regulation but his short game was reminiscent of Woods at his absolute best and saved him a half dozen strokes.
His scrappy 68 could have been an easy 75 except he scrambled like the Tiger of old. His putter was red hot and used 25 putts to save him numerous strokes. Here’s the tell all stat of his round, he was eight for eight in scrambles and that is what saved his game. His four under 68 leaves him tied for tenth with six other players. But today his short game allowed him to stay in the tournament and to live another day.