It didn’t take long for Tiger Woods to start feeling like his ol’ bad ass self.
Tiger took his game a step further today with his bogey free 7 under 65 that had him moving up the leaderboard at the Hero World Challenge and he even broke out his classic fist pump.
His wasn’t the lowest round of the day, Bubba Watson had a 63, nor was it the second lowest, Brandt Snedeker shot 64 but for Woods who is coming off back surgeries and attempting his umpteenth comeback this was a very encouraging round.
He started fast with a big drive off the first tee, a pure iron to 5 feet and he sank the birdie putt. The big difference today was his driving: he hit 13 of 14 fairways while yesterday he was playing from the left side waste areas.
He went on to birdie six other holes including four in five holes at the turn. But while his birdies may have moved him into the mix it was two par saves that brought out the old, classic Tiger.
At the par 3 eighth he pulled his tee ball left and it settled behind one of those pesky bushes. But as he had so many times in his prime he chipped it close and sank the par putt.
And then at sixteen his tee ball yet again found another bush and all he could do was get it out to the waste area. But with a clean shot at the green he left his third shot twenty feet from the hole.
He wanted to keep his card clean and his Scotty Cameron helped him out as he sank the par putt, kept his card bogey free and let loose with his most dramatic fist pump of the week.
He’s six shots behind leaders Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.
But Tiger is feeling it…that it, he hasn’t felt in years. And it may just be back…fist pump and all.