Friday, August 14

Tough Day, Tough Tiger

Tiger is the 36-hole leader at the PGA. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

“With a four-shot cushion over his closest pursuers, these players would have a better chance rescuing a steak from a junk-yard dog.”
−Phil Capelle, Capelle On Golf

IT WAS A WINDY DAY at Hazeltine in the PGA Championship, blowing red numbers off the leaderboard and whisking players out of town as the cut line fell at 4-over par. Tiger Woods found the conditions difficult, but by the end of the day it had worked in his favor.

“It was a tough day all around,” Tiger told TNT’s Jim Huber after the completion of his round. Tiger carded a 70 to finish 36 holes at 7-under par and open up a four-shot lead on Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Ross Fisher, Lucas Glover and Brendan Jones.

“It was tough out there; the wind was blustery, the greens were a little bit bumpy and it was just a tough day all around.”

Yeah, it was tough alright, especially on players who have designs on catching Tiger. Three consecutive birdies in the middle of the second nine separated Tiger from the field, and we know how unlikely it is that he’ll relinquish the lead in a major.

Still, there are 36 holes to go and Tiger isn’t taking anything for granted.

“You just plod along and see what happens,” Tiger said. “That’s what I did today. I got off to a poor start but hung in there.”

I have to agree with Phil Capelle. I like Tiger’s chances.

−The Armchair Golfer


Lancer said...

Yes, Tiger's chances do look good. I thought Tiger would be somewhere near the top at this stage of the tournament. To show everyone how good I am at predicting leaders, I also though Bryan Gay would be one to watch. So much for thinking I know anything about golf or those who play it for real.

Randy Beckett said...

Should be interesting. There are a lot of good players right behind him.

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