- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 4, 2009

TRACKING TIGER

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1. Hole No. 13 — After starting his round on the back nine and bogeying No. 11, Tiger Woods stepped to this par 3 looking to knock it close. With a right-pin location, Woods landed his tee shot to the right and fed it down the hill toward the flag. The result was a four-foot putt for birdie that he made with ease.

2. Hole No. 15 — Woods hit a 3-wood off the elevated tee, hoping to find the fairway. Instead, the ball nestled into the first cut and left him 157 yards up the hill to the green. An especially large gallery had crowded around the green and erupted with approval as Woods’ second shot landed on the green. As he made his way up the hill, he found his ball just two feet from the cup. That made for an easy birdie.

3. Hole No. 16 — Woods again missed the fairway off the tee, but this time his ball was inconveniently placed on the curtain of the first cut and the primary cut. Woods backed off his long second shot into the par 5 but got it on the green in two. From there, he two-putted for his second consecutive birdie.

4. Hole No. 1 — Landing in the right fairway bunker off the tee, Woods looked to be in trouble. But a good lie and a short distance left to the pin (102 yards) made the shot much easier. Woods spun his approach shot back within six feet and made the birdie putt. It was his second birdie on Congressional’s opening hole in two days.

5. Hole No. 8 — This 354-yard par 4 traditionally plays as one of the easiest holes for the pros. This year is no different, but in Woods’ previous two times playing the hole — the pro-am Wednesday and the first round Thursday — he bombed his drive down the fairway before hitting a poor wedge into the green. This time, Woods finally got the wedge shot down, hitting it to two feet for his fifth and final birdie.

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