It’s no longer good enough to say you were there when Woods chipped in at 9 on Saturday or holed a 43-foot birdie putt at 17 on Sunday or ducked into the portable toilet on the 17th hole on Friday.
Aided by a sense of the moment that always seemed to allow him to will the ball into the hole Woods’s putter has been his sword and his shield throughout his illustrious career. How many times have we seen him strike a putt and the ball die just at the right moment and curl in? The answer is too many times to count.
“Smoked it” Woods said of his 3-wood. “Flew it 280 with a nice high cut off a downhill lie. Not exactly an easy shot to hit but I pulled it off.” One hole later Woods poured in a 26-footer and finished his birdie-fest on the 5th by flighting a low knocked-down wedge from 93 yards that spun back to 3 feet.