At a tournament sponsored by a paint company Woods didn’t produce a masterpiece but his misses off the tee (mostly to the left) were playable and he was able to recover. “It’s getting better every day” caddie Joe LaCava said. “He’s hitting more of the stinger shot and that piercing 3-wood so you know he’s feeling decent when he hits those shots.”
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.
When Woods was asked the obvious question of whether he felt he’s ready to win his 80th PGA Tour title he didn’t hesitate. “I think I’m not that far away from putting it together where I can win” he said.