- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tiger Woods’ ultimate genius is sometimes most evident on his off days.

This week’s host not only survived a spotty ball-striking round at Congressional on Friday, he turned a would-be 71 into a 66 with his magical course management and some timely putting, surging to 10-under to take the clubhouse lead halfway through Friday’s play at the AT&T National.

“Today I hit the ball a little bit scratchy at times, but I putted well” said the 33-year-old Woods, who started on the back nine and once again bogeyed the diabolical 11th before rescuing his round by sprinkling five pointblank birdies among a handful of superb scrambling par saves. “I didn’t drive the ball as well as I did yesterday or hit it as crisp [with my irons]. But it was nice to get a score out of it.”

Woods’ second-round Houdini act is extremely bad news for the rest of the field, because Tiger almost never falters from the front. His fourth-place finish at the Quail Hollow Championship earlier this season, which he led after an opening-round 65, was the first time in recent memory Woods has stumbled with post-round pole position in any event.

“I still have another round to put myself into position, but I have to hit it better than I did today to get there,” said Woods, who reiterated that his surgically repaired left knee feels 100 percent. “The knee is fine. Physically, I’m probably back to feeling better than I have in 10 years.”

Given his daunting record over that decade (60 PGA Tour victories and 13 majors since the start of 1999), such a revelation has to be truly deflating for the rest of the 120-man field charged with attempting to chase him down over the weekend.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide