It will be interesting to track the Woods intimidation factor inside the ropes. At the Honda Classic Brandt Snedeker and Patton Kizzire both missed the cut. So did Spieth and Henrik Stenson at the Valspar.
Still for the first time in 930 days and less than 11 months after having his back fused Woods held the clubhouse lead on the PGA Tour. It’s a remarkable comeback story in the making but Woods refused to look ahead to the possibility of his 80th Tour title.
One hole later Woods had a 22-foot birdie putt and gave it a rap and watched as the ball chased toward the hole as if it had no place else to go. The crowd roared. He was tied for the lead.
Everyone at the top of the leaderboard seemed to be thanking his putter for his torrid start. The answer to which one is different than the others is Woods who benched his beloved Newport 2 GSS putter in favor of a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3 and settled for an even-par 70. Woods took 29 putts and ranked 92nd of 120 players in Strokes Gained: putting (-1.198). He didn’t make a birdie until his 13th hole of the day.
Some original ticket holders who have sold their tickets for the 2018 Masters through third-party resellers have received letters from Augusta National informing them that their tickets have been invalidated.