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.
“Sometimes he was showing up at tournaments trying to find his game” Comboy said. McDowell has rededicated himself to toiling on the practice tee. Over the Christmas break of the Tour’s wraparound season he spent seven hours at Lake Nona Country Club in Orlando near his home working on his game. When he walked in the house his wife Kristin greeted him and said something very telling: “That brings back memories of how it used to be when I first met you.”
It is too early to say if the Woods mystique and aura still exist. His putting on Sunday was un-Tiger-like. He ranked 58th in strokes gained-putting and didn’t make a birdie in between the 1st and 17th holes.
“Even counting major championships” Carnevale said. “The size of the crowds that actually followed him from hole-to-hole was out of this world.”
So what putter will Woods use at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday? “I don’t think he’s made the decision yet” LaCava said. “We’ll know when he tees off tomorrow.”