On Sunday Snedeker was sucked into the Woods vortex and skidded to a 78. “He sucks all the air out of a pairing” NBC’s Peter Jacobsen said. “He makes you feel like a spectator.”
Woods termed it “a bonus” and on a sweltering hot day his new mallet-style putter heated up with the mercury en route to making seven birdies for the round and shooting a five-under 65 which tied for his lowest score this season.
Cancel the retirement party because Bubba Golf is officially back. Watson showed great patience on the course as a host of players vied for the title in Tinseltown. Na Patrick Cantlay and Ryan Moore shared or took the lead on Sunday and Phil Mickelson closed within one stroke but Watson didn’t panic. His confidence never wavered when he made three bogeys on the front nine — at Nos. 3 6 and 9 — and went out in one-over 36.
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.
Woods’s stellar play whipped his fans into a frenzy. After everything he’s been through he remains a beloved figure. When Woods committed to the tournament a week ago tournament organizers added 30 extra shuttles buses 90 more port-o-lets and an extra admission gate.