Aug
9
2011
Woods Still Flushing Shots in PM Practice Round
By Will Leivenberg under PGA Championship

Tiger in good spirits on Tuesday

Finishing 37th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – an event he’s made a mockery of after winning seven times – is not the most peculiar facet of Tiger Woods lately.

Known for his early-morning practice rounds, Woods stumbled onto the Atlanta Athletic Club for a quick (and steamy) nine holes Tuesday afternoon. Speaking of bizarre, as Woods rehearsed his mechanical swings alongside instructor Sean Foley, Tiger looked tame, according to ESPN.com:

“Woods was easy-going with the large gallery that followed him over the front nine and took mobile phone photos at nearly every turn. He smiled at a little girl walking to the seventh tee and answered, “What’s up?” after she called his name. He signed autographs for eager fans following the round.”

To Tiger’s credit, that is one promise he has kept — sticking around more often and more frequently to sign for fans.

Even practice round playing partner (and BFF) Arjun Atwal got a piece of Woods’ charm. After accidentally nicking Woods in the leg with a practice chip shot, Arjun playfully asked,

“Was that the bad leg?”

“It is now,” Woods replied with a grin.

Atwal couldn’t help but notice another rapidly evolving element of Tiger—his game.

“He looked good. He’s really flushing it and got that sound again. He just needs more repetitions.”

“Flush” — Tiger’s latest go-to word. He was also really flushing it last week, too. It was his putting that cost him.

We will see if Woods can get in enough “reps” before the PGA Championship to regain his competitive edge and roar into contention.

–Will Leivenberg

[Ed. note: Two weeks in a row where Tiger has shown up for afternoon practice rounds. Last Wednesday evening we were all a bit confused to see him practicing on the putting green with Arjun Atwal after playing nine holes. “I’ve never seen Tiger at the course at 5 in the evening,” said a veteran caddie at Firestone. “Never.” Has anyone? I guess it’s his new thing! — SW]

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)