At times yesterday, Tiger Woods looked like he’s back. At other times, Tiger Woods looked like the hacks at the local muni on the weekends. On the front 9, Tiger Woods managed to hit it close and sink some putts, good for a 32. On the back 9, he made a mockery of at least three bunker shots and made me feel much better about my bunker game. He finished with three bogeys on the back, along with two birdies to finish, and ended his round at 3-under for the day and 6-under overall.
Phil Mickelson on the other hand seemed to find good vibes from his wife Amy, who was in the gallery following him. Phil finished at 3-under for the day and 8-under for the tournament after two rounds and is only three shots off the lead. The other big names on the leaderboard include Anthony Kim, John Daly, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, and Bubba Watson are all within five shots of leader Bill Haas.
John Daly seems to have found something in his game, and found himself in the middle of the fairway most of his round yesterday. Maybe it’s the fact he’s a little pissed that other tournaments have snubbed him with sponsor exemptions.
It sure is setting up for a great weekend of golf. CBS Sports and the PGA Tour must be grinning ear-to-ear right about now. Perfect timing when you consider the Super Bowl hype doesn’t start until Monday and not too many people will be tuning in to the Pro Bowl on Sunday. If Tiger and Phil and the rest of the gang stick around the leaderboard after Saturday, the ratings will be through the roof for the first CBS broadcast of 2011.
Maybe my 2011 golf predictions will be off to a good start, with Tiger Woods winning and maybe regaining some of that fear that he was so well known for in the past.