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Hit 3-wood off the tee and a 6-iron onto the green at the 448-yard 15th on Thursday. The next day, it was a 5-iron off the tee and sand wedge just over the green. The par-5 17th hole was downwind in the opening round, so Woods hit 4-iron off the tee and 4-iron onto the green. On Friday, he hit 3-wood off the tee and for his approach, leaving that some 50 yards short of the green.

As for the driver? That remains a rumor.

McDowell said he had to check twice with Joe LaCava, Woods‘ caddie, “that the driver head cover actually had a driver underneath it.”

“Because it actually hasn’t seen the light of day _ not even close,” McDowell said. “He’s playing the golf course conservatively, using his iron play to devastating effect. Very impressive. I said to him on the 18th green, `That was a clinic the last two days. That was very impressive.’ Combo that with some great putting, he’s going to be dangerous.”

Woods was asked how many drivers he has hit this week.

“I’ve hit, I believe, about eight or 10,” he said. And then when he was asked where, Woods smiled and said, “On the range.”

McDowell has seen plenty of Woods over the last few years. He played with Woods in the final group at Bay Hill last year, which Woods won by five shots. He played with him in the final round at Doral this year and made a strong run until Woods won going away.

“He was very, very impressive the last two days,” McDowell said. “He will not be far away this weekend the way he’s playing. Iron play, the flight control that he has in his irons … he just hits the shot that you’re supposed to hit at all times.”