lately, sundays have been tiger woods’ day of rest. after a disappointing closing round in abu dhabi, woods came into the
last day of the at&t pebble beach national pro-am with just
two players in front of him, charlie wi and ken duke, neither
of whom had ever won on the pga tour. more importantly,
woods was playing with phil mickelson and the two future hall
of famers knew one, or both, would get off to a roaring start, the
standard book on pebble beach. when the starter’s pistol fired,
however, only mickelson came out of the gate. while phil went
five under through six, tiger didn’t make a birdie until the sixth,
then bogeyed the next three holes to fall by the wayside. for
all the glowing reviews woods and his new swing have gotten
on thursday through saturday, he’s not yet up to a prime-time
appointment with mickelson. that doesn’t mean he won’t
be, though. phil says tiger is close—and others feel the same.
“tiger has more chance of winning coming down the stretch in
a major than he has in a regular tournament now,” said padraig
harrington early in the week. “the regular tournaments have
lost some of their shine, but the majors will bring it back for him.
every time he’s in contention in a major, you will see the old look
in his face, if you know what i mean.” —J.M.
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