- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009

TRACKING TIGER

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1. Hole No. 2 - The 232-yard, par-3 second isn’t normally a birdie hole, and Tiger played his approach about as conservatively as he could. But from 45-plus feet, Woods sank his birdie putt, sending roars through the course. It was his second consecutive birdie on his opening nine, in which he shot a 31. “All I was trying to do was… actually hit the putt what would be hole-high and let it feed in sideways,” Woods said. “It was nice to make a putt like that. You don’t make putts like that.”

2. Hole No. 7 - Tiger took advantage of the shortest par-3 on the course by sticking it within 10 feet and carding a birdie. It was his third birdie in seven holes and ignited the especially large crowd that had gathered at the top of the hill.

3. Hole No. 12 - After his first of two missed fairways on the day, you couldn’t see Tiger’s shoes as he tried to hack his ball out of the right rough on this par 4. And he had an awkward lie with the ball above his feet. But Woods managed to hit it to about 25 feet, even getting some backspin on it. He sank the left-to-right 25-footer, making up for his only bogey of the day on the previous hole.

4. Hole No. 15 - After blasting a 3-wood off the tee, Tiger seemed keen on taking advantage of one of the shorter par 4s at Congressional. He hit his approach shot to seven feet and knocked it in for birdie, making it look rather simple. At this point, he was 5 under on his round with a par 5 coming up.

5. Hole No. 16 - Tiger hit a massive tee shot right down the middle on this par 5, giving him a great opportunity for back-to-back birdies. He had a fairway metal in hand for his second shot but flailed it way right. With his ball lying just inches away from the cart path, Woods played a flop shot to about 10 feet and made quick work of the putt. It was his seventh and final birdie of the day - good for an all-too-easy 6-under 64.

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