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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tiger Down Under

Alas, I confess. As much as I wanted to watch Tiger play, I missed most of his first ten holes. The reason? Mythbusters and Penn and Teller Tell a Lie on the Discovery Channel. (I'm never able to guess which story is the lie, but I love to watch Penn and Teller.) I settled for checking on Tiger during commercials.

But I did get to see him from 11 o'clock on -- at least, as long as the broadcast lasted. For those of you who didn't see him, here's my quick assessment.

The low first round score (at least, as of 1am ET) is -7, held by Jerrod Lyle. The low Americans are Dustin Johnson at -6 and Fred Couples at -5. Most of the low rounds were shot during the morning wave; the wind came up during the afternoon when Tiger was playing.

And Tiger was -4 after 15 holes -- 4 birdies and no bogeys. That puts him T8. The commentators said that Tiger had 3 or 4 putts lip out, but the greens at the Lake Course are very hard to handle. I saw several players misread putts badly.

Tiger looked to be hitting the ball well. His misses weren't bad and they were missed in the correct spots. And I didn't see him miss very many while I was watching. He seemed very relaxed and was talking to the crowds between shots. And while he may have been lipping some putts, overall his short game looked very solid to me.

All-in-all, Tiger looked as good as I've seen him since that last round at the Masters. He's playing very cleanly and not having to struggle for pars. And this was in a very noticeable wind that was affecting a lot of players. If he continues to play this way, he just might be in contention come the final round.

The live leaderboard is at this site. Despite being a "live" leaderboard, you'll probably have to refresh the page manually in order to update the scores. And the individual scorecards often update several minutes before the main leaderboard. But at least it will let you check how things are doing.

And just to follow up on Wednesday's post, Pius Heinz became the first German ever to win the WSOP Main Event. With Martin Kaymer having just won the WGC, the Germans are having a big week.

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