Despite a disappointing start to this year’s season at Abu Dhabi last week, Tiger Woods has quickly turned things around during this week’s tournament at Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines is a course that Tiger has played extremely well throughout his career as he has shot 115 under par over his career at the course. This week, Tiger got off to a bit of a slow start, which saw him in a tie for 19th after the first round. However, it was easy to see the drive in his eyes that he was not going to walk away from this tournament without at least a top-10 finish- he just knows his way around the course too well.
By the third round, Tiger had built a steady lead, which he only added to during the small portion of the fourth round the players completed yesterday. Tiger was having one of those days where, even if he did miss a fairway, he came up with one of this famous shots that left people asking, “did he really just do that?” Tiger also had his wedges dialed in from the 50 to 125-yard range, which is something he has really struggled with over the last few years.
Assuming Tiger can continue working his famous cut shot, things should go even smoother for him today. He wrapped up yesterday on the seventh hole in very chilly temperatures with a brisk wind. You could see him attempting to keep limber by doing a rigorous stretching routine, and he was seen constantly blowing into his hands in an attempt to presumably keep feeling in them for his remaining shots. Of course, the two much younger players he was grouped with may have had an influence on him deciding to continue playing in these conditions after the first horn was sounded as other players, such as Brant Snedeker, decided it was best to mark their ball and pick things back up today.
Tiger holds a six-shot lead heading into the final round today where he will start on the seventh hole. If the weather is a little warmer, Tiger should be much looser on his tee shots- the only thing he has shown any signs of struggle with over the last few rounds as he missed a handful of fairways yesterday. If he is able to keep the ball in the fairway, it will likely be game over for his opponents fairly early in today’s round.