Saturday, June 2, 2012

No, I'm Still Not Saying He's Back...

But I told you we needed to wait until sometime in June or July before we made any judgments about where he is.

Tiger Woods headshotRight now, he's looking pretty good. Especially compared to Rory McIlroy.

Overall, his stats for the 2nd round are pretty solid. If you check the PGA Tour page with his scorecard for the Memorial, you'll find that he hit 79% of his fairways and 78% of his GIR. His driving distance was only 280 yards as opposed to his 311 Thursday, but the course was wet and windy on Friday. He took the same number of putts as Thursday and his putting was better when he hit the green, although his "strokes gained - putting" stat was only about half as good as his first round.

Personally, if I saw my putting stat was down and I still shot a lower score, I don't think I'd worry about it too much... but that's just me. I'd be more bummed out about the two double-bogeys -- that's more than Steve Stricker and Luke Donald combined -- but I'd still be 4 ahead of Stricks and 5 ahead of Donald.

I think I'd get over it.

Just for perspective, let's look at Rory again for a minute. Rory has now missed three cuts in a row with a swing that's been working like a BMW -- "the ultimate driving machine" -- for months. Now it's his turn to visit the engine shop. Tiger has missed only one cut this year despite his struggles. It's certainly not time for Woods fans to panic.

At any rate, he's just one off the lead after shooting 70-69 on a tough course. He's back in position after a few weeks on the rack getting his own swing retuned. Now that he's back on the road, let's see how he stands up under the pressure of a tough course and a chance for his first multiple-win season in a while.

No, I'm still not saying he's back.

But I like what I'm seeing. I'll be very interested to see what he does at Royal Lytham St. Anne in July.

The head shot came from the scorecard page metioned earlier in the post.

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