Tiger’s Acceptable Day
By Stephanie Wei under General

Three wood, 190 yards. That’s the club Tiger Woods used and the distance he hit it to off the 7th tee. Honestly. He popped up his drive. The Golf Channel showed the laughable diagram above to compare Tiger’s drive with the rest of the field. Now that’s something we don’t see…ever.

“I wanted to have a full 5-wood in there,” he quipped. “I wanted the angle.”

He ended up long and left of the pin, but managed to get up and down for par. (Momentum!) That pretty much sums up his day — he hung in there. But despite the shaky ballstriking in the first seven holes, he turned it around with an exquisite three iron with a low draw into the par-3 8th hole. (More momentum!)

Even though he hooked his tee shot into the water on the 18th to finish with his only bogey of the day, he seemed pleased with his two-under 70. In fact, had he managed to make par, he would have shot his best opening round at TPC Sawgrass.

New storyline of the week: Maybe Tiger will make the cut. Thank God. Because I wouldn’t have been able to stomach another day of people griping over his swing problems and him mailing it in.

As he pointed out, it’s simply rust. “I’ve played six competitive rounds in about seven months, so it’s one of those things where it takes time to get into the rhythm of competing and it takes tournaments…Most guys have played close to double digit tournaments by now. This is my third.”

So does this mean Hank Haney might still have a job? For the record, I find it exasperating when people are so quick to blame the coach after a player has a stretch of poor rounds. Doesn’t it seem rather silly that everyone is seeking the perfect swing in this imperfect game? At the end of the day, just get the ball in the damn hole in the fewest shots possible.

By the way, in case anyone cares, J.B. Holmes and Robert Allenby shot a pair of six-under 66s for a share of the lead.