August 2nd, 2013.
Round 2 of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC.
In the last tournament before the final major of the season, Tiger Woods was on fire.
Below, you will find a shot-by-shot review of TW’s round.
Hole 1 (Par 4): BIRDIE. -1
Shots: Tiger started out the 2nd round with the driver–drilling it right down the middle of the fairway. Picking up where he left off yesterday, he hit a superb iron shot to just outside three feet. He easily drained the putt for a birdie.
Hole 2 (Par 5): EAGLE. -3
Shots: Like the 1st hole, Tiger chose driver again on the Par 5 and once again, he striped it down the middle of the fairway. From the fairway, Tiger was able to reach the green in two with an iron. From around 20 feet away, he jarred the putt! Eagle.
Hole 3 (Par 4): BIRDIE. -4
Shots: Using the three-wood/short iron combination, Tiger found the green about 12 feet below the hole. What was a difficult hole for much of the field, Tiger made it look easy–draining his birdie putt to move him to four under par.
Hole 4 (Par 4): Par. -4
Shots: For the third time in four holes, Tiger chose driver. Just like the first two times he used it, he found another fairway. However, with what appeared to be a “mud ball,” Tiger missed the green on his approach. He was able to get up and down for par.
Hole 5 (Par 3): Par. -4
Shots: On the par 3 fifth, Tiger found a green-side bunker. However, with the way he was playing, he splashed out to about two feet and saved par once again.
Hole 6 (Par 4): Par. -4
Shots: This is where things got a little sketchy for TW. His driver off the tee settled directly behind a tree. After chipping out sideways, he hit an iron to the middle of the green–a long way away from the hole. Shockingly, he was able to somehow recover and made yet another one-putt
Hole 7 (Par 3): BIRDIE. -5
Shots: Tiger was able to knock it close on the par 3 7th. Just six feet away, he was able to find the bottom of the cup for a birdie. Thus, it was his 7th one-putt in a row.
Hole 8 (Par 4): Par. -5
Shots: After finding the middle of the fairway from the tee, Tiger spun his approach back just a tad too much to the front of the green. After a solid two-putt, Tiger was able to make par–ending his streak of one-putts.
Hole 9 (Par 4): Par. -5
Shots: Keeping with the theme, Tiger smoked yet another driver right down the middle of the fairway. His approach left him just 15 feet from the cup. However, his birdie putt slid just off to the side off the cup. Here, he tapped in for par.
Hole 10 (Par 4): BIRDIE. -6
Shots: After stopping in the middle of his back-swing because he felt his hands dropping, Tiger re-approached the ball and split the fairway with a three-wood. His approach left him with eight feet from the cup for birdie, and DRAINO!
Hole 11 (Par 4): BIRDIE. -7
Shots: Taking three-wood off the tee, Tiger split the fairway once again. He knocked his approach close to about six feet. Here, he made yet another one-putt for birdie.
Hole 12 (Par 3): BIRDIE. -8
Shots: On the par 3 12th, Tiger’s tee shot was all over the stick but rolled out to 20′ 5″ from the cup. Tiger drained a the lengthy putt back down the hill for birdie.
Hole 13 (Par 4): BIRDIE. -9
Shots: Tiger chose driver, and it sailed way out to the right towards the trees. Yet, with the way things were going for him, it ricocheted back into the middle of the fairway. From 218 yards away, Tiger stuck a 6 iron to about 15-18 feet from the hole. He drained the putt–his 11th one putt of the day.
Hole 14 (Par 4): Par. -9
Shots: Tiger, this time with the three wood, again found himself sailing out to the right off the tee. Drawing a tough lie in the rough with trees keeping him from being able to hit a lofted shot, he was able to hit a punch shot below the trees–running it up through the green but settling onto the fringe. After his chip rolled out further than he had wanted, he was left with 8′ 5″ to save par. No problem. He drained the putt (12th one putt of the round) smack dab in the middle of the cup.
Hole 15 (Par 3): Par. -9
Shots: 216 yard tee shot with 6 iron. Tiger took dead aim and was able to knock it stiff–just nine feet from the hole. Unfortunately, he misread the putt leaving it just out to the right of the cup. He tapped in for par.
Hole 16 (Par 5): Par. -9
Shots: Tiger piped a drive up the left center of the fairway, but it trickled into the first cut off rough off. With a second shot needing to carry 270 yards over water, Tiger chose to lay up and take his chances with a wedge into the 16th green. However, with just 90 yards left (an awkward distance), his distance control was off, leaving himself with a long birdie putt from the back of the green. Unfortunately, he two-putted for par. Thus, in order to get his 59, he needed to finish birdie-birdie on 17 and 18.
Hole 17 (Par 4): Par. -9
Shots: With three-wood off the tee, Tiger found the left rough. Thus, his chances for the 59 looked dim at this point. However, with raindrops falling, Tiger gouged it out of the rough, knocking it to 6′ 7″ away from the cup. Unfortunately for the 59, he missed his birdie putt just below the hole and had to tap in for par.
Hole 18 (Par 4): Par. -9
Shots: After the disappointing par at 17, Tiger took driver off the tee, once again hanging it off to the right. Swinging and hoping, Tiger tried to punch his shot through an evergreen tree. Unfortunately, it did not make it all the way through. After a free drop, he pitched his third shot to the back fringe. From 26 feet away, he lifted his arm into the air when the putt was still three feet from the cup. It found the center of the cup to save a miracle par given the hacking he was doing from the rough. Tiger was all smiles, lifting his cap into the air.
The 61 tied the course record at Firestone Country Club. The 61 also tied his lowest round on the PGA tour. Thus, his two-round total sits at -13, seven strokes ahead of the second-place players, Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood.
TW Quote: “I felt really good. I had it going today.”
So, there is a little golf for my readers…
Until next time…
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