Watch out: It appears Tiger has regained his magical putting stroke. The putter was the root for his somewhat lackluster play since the PGA Championship. He couldn’t make a putt to save his life in the final round. Then he never got a handle on the tricky poorly-designed greens at Liberty National and missed a 6-footer on the 72nd hole that would have put him in a playoff with Heath Slocum. But a dozen or so club throws later, he pulled it together with his final round 8-under 63 last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The momentum has carried over to this week. He fired a 4-under 67 and shares the 36-hole lead with Mark Wilson, who he beat at the US Junior Amateur in 1992. They carded a two day total of 7-under and have a one-stroke advantage over Padraig Harrington, Rory Sabbatini, Marc Leishman and Bo Van Pelt. Tiger said, “There are a lot of holes to be played.” Certainly. But the field should still be scared. I mean, do we think he’ll let this one get away after the “disappointing” past few finishes?