Three weeks ago after a dispiriting missed cut at the Genesis Open Woods was talking about needing “reps.” Now he is in contention to win for the first time since 2013 and just 11 months after undergoing surgery to fuse his back.
It reached a fever pitch when Tiger Woods chipped in for birdie at the 9th hole and a chant of “Let’s-Go-Tiger” broke out among the crowd. “I can confirm he’s back” said his playing partner Brandt Snedeker. “The roars are back.”
He used his driver sparingly on Saturday but belted blasts of 327 yards at the 5th and 321 yards at the 14th to reach both par 5s in two shots. (The 129-mph swing at 14 was the fastest recorded swing on the PGA Tour this season.) To do so he had to modify his technique slightly.